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Family Camp
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Web Of Life Field (WOLF) School
Family Camp at Monte Toyon in the Redwood Forest
Date: 08/02/2018
Ages: All ages! Admission Fees: $350 per Family (2-5 person) 4 days/3 nights
Special Instructions: Relax in the Redwood Forest!

There are still spaces available at Family Camp located at Monte Toyon. Get out of the city and into the Redwood Forest with your family! Camping is for 4 days/3 nights at $350 per family (2-5 persons). Family Camp provides the campsite at Monte Toyon, which is in Aptos Redwood Forest, along with dinner on Friday and Saturday night and dessert every night! Family Camp also includes Naturalists on site for guided hikes and Adventures!

Dates still available for Family Camping:

July 19 - 22
July 26 - 29
August 2 - 5


Location: Monte Toyon, Cloister Lane, Aptos 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 (May 1-Aug 3)

Special Instructions: June 18-22, July 9-13, July 30-Aug 3

(0 A May 2018) SV_JrPoliceAcademy.jpgScotts Valley Police Department·

Registration is now open for all three of our 2018 Junior Police Academy sessions!

 

Dates are currently scheduled for June 18-22, July 9-13 and July 30-Aug 3

 

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.

 

Registration, cost and further information can be found at the link below, or by calling Det. Mike Birley at 831-440-5656.


https://www.scottsvalleypd.com/juvenile-programs


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Street Smarts Back-to-School Traffic Safety Blast
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Santa Cruz Police
Family-friendly booths with free games and prizes plus bike safety obstacle course
Date: 08/04/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm


SAVE THE DATE: Street Smarts Back-to-School Traffic Safety Blast on Saturday, Aug. 4, welcomes you to 12 family-friendly booths with free games and prizes plus bike safety obstacle course.

Enter a free raffle with 25 prizes including new bike, helmets and safety gear.

We hope to see you at Laurel Park, 301 Center St., from 10 am to 12 pm.


Location: Laurel Park, 301 Center St, Santa Cruz Map
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Elegant Flea Market
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Inner Light Ministries
Free entry, bargain prices for elegant goods
Date: 08/04/2018 from 7:00am to 2:00pm


(0 A Aug 2018) FleaMarketelegant.jpgShop a variety of new and/or gently used items at bargain prices while helping Inner Light Ministries at this annual fundraising event.

 

Visit the unique indoor Jewelry Boutique and join in the free family fun with a bounce house and childcare activities while you shop.

 


Location: 5630 Soquel Dr, Soquel Map
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Meet the Artist: Brad Burkhart
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Sierra Azul Nursery
Beautiful sculpture amidst beautiful gardens
Date: 08/04/2018 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Get to know Sculpture IS artist, Brad Burkhart,
who will hold a special, focused session about his artwork at Sierra Azul Nursery & Gardens. Brad will bring his sketches and discuss the evolution of his work, creation process, and naming sessions he developed for his sculptures. This is a great opportunity to get a closer understanding of the inspiration for his work while fueling your own creativity and vision. Please arrive on time to get the full benefit of the presentation. This event is free.


Location: 2660 E. Lake Ave (Hwy 152), Watsonville Map
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Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival
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City of Watsonville
Strawberries, music, food and strawberries every way you can imagine
Date: Every day (Aug 4-Aug 5) from 10:00am to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A Aug 2018) StrawberryFestWats2018.jpgThe Annual Watsonville Strawberry Festival at Monterey Bay is in downtown Watsonville.

 

The Watsonville Strawberry Festival traces its roots to the Watsonville Strawberry Dessert Festival that was founded in 1995 to help downtown Watsonville recover from the Loma Prieta earthquake. The Festival now exists to:

 

  • Provide a safe, family-friendly experience  in downtown Watsonville;
  • Recognize the largest and most valuable crop in the Pajaro Valley; and
  • Provide non-profit organizations the opportunity to raise funds and public awareness of their work and how their work makes Watsonville a better place for everyone.

2018 Main Stage Schedule


Check out all of the great performers and contests on the corner of Main and Beach.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

MAIN STAGE

11:00AM - 12:00PM

Sams school of rock

12:00PM - 12:30PM

Pie Eating Contest/Set-up

12:30PM -1:30PM

Fiera Nortena

1:30PM -2:00PM

Pie Eating Contest/Set-up

2:00PM -3:00PM

The Ville Band

3:00PM -3:30PM

Pie Eating Contest/Set-up

3:30PM -4:30PM

Sun Gun Jones

4:30PM -5:00PM

Pie Eating Contest/Set-up

5:00PM - 6:00PM

Chicano All Stars

 

Sunday, August 5, 2018

MAIN STAGE

11:00AM - 12:00PM

Victory Lane

12:00PM - 12:30PM

Pie Eating Contest/Set-up

12:30PM - 1:30PM

Impacto 5

1:30PM - 2:00PM

Pie Eating Contest/Set-up

2:00PM - 3:00PM

Harping Jonny and The Groovehounds

3:00PM - 3:30PM

Pie Eating Contest/Set-up

3:30PM - 4:30PM

Tributo Dinamita con Rumba Cafe

4:30PM - 5:00PM

Pie Eating Contest/Set-up

5:00PM - 6:00PM

BANDA PELIGRO

 


Location: Downtown Plaza, Main St, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-768-3240 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Circus Vargas is in Town!
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Circus Vargas
Dreaming of pirates and fun!
Date: Every day (Aug 2-Aug 6)

Special Instructions: Visit MOD for fun and receive free circus tickets

(0 A Aug 2018) CircusVargasFreeTicket.jpgThe CIRCUS is coming to town! Circus Vargas will be at the Capitola Mall from August 2 - 6 only.

 

MOD (Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery) has the very first (and possibly only) FREE child's admission ticket.

 

Come in to the museum this and next week, play, learn, and snatch up your ticket before they're gone! circusvargas.com

 

DATES/TIMES/TICKETS


Location: Capitola Mall, 1855 41st Ave, Capitola Map
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Free Ice Cream with Police
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Santa Cruz Police
Free ice cream and talk with a cop --for kids!!
Date: 08/07/2018 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm

Special Instructions: free ice cream

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Bring the kids by for a free ice cream cone and an awesome opportunity to get to know our local police officers!

 

 

Thanks Marini's Candies & Santa Cruz Police!


Location: Marini's, 1308 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Shake the Square: Merengue
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MAH
Get moving in a series of free movement classes in Abbott Square.
Date: 08/09/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All

(0 A Aug 2018) MAH_Meringue.jpgGet moving in a series of free movement classes in Abbott Square. This week's dance will be Merengue with Peggy Pollard.

Merengue- the national dance of the Dominican Republic and Haiti - an easy, stepping in place dance to fast 2-count rhythm with Cuban motion hip, suitable for small crowded dance floors, with lots of creative arm moves.

 

Great dance for beginners that is used in many social dance venues.

All experience levels welcome.

This event is FREE.

Made possible in part by Nordic Naturals and MAH Members.


Location: 740 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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First Friday Streetfest
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Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
Make the MAH a stop on your First Friday Art Tour with a sprawling street festival, free exhibitions, and live music under the s
Date: 08/09/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All

Make the MAH a stop on your First Friday Art Tour with a sprawling street festival, free exhibitions, and live music under the stars.

Enjoy hands-on crafts and participatory performances throughout Cooper Street to celebrate Nina Simon's eight years as Executive Director of the MAH and send her off in style. All activities will fall under the 'Do It Together' theme-so, expect to make new friends as you get creative in the streets.

 

Why 'Do It Together'? Nina is known for bringing the energy and community participation to the MAH. This special First Friday is a tribute to her impact here and across Santa Cruz County.

 

Explore three floors of inspiring exhibitions diving into the art and history of Santa Cruz County. Take action to help senior loneliness in We're Still Here and trace Santa Cruz's Chinese history in Guided by Ghosts. 

 

Support local youth artists. Walk through the Subjects to Change Youth Summer Art Market and shop one-of-a-kind, handmade gifts. All proceeds go to the artists.


Location: MAH, 740 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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River Health Day at Chinatown Bridge
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Coastal Watershed Council
River Health Day - Make a difference in the San Lorenzo River ecosystem!
Date: 08/11/2018 from 9:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: Base of Chinatown Bridge across from Trader Joe's. Park along River Street.

Make a difference in the San Lorenzo River ecosystem!

Join Coastal Watershed Council staff in making a difference in the lower San Lorenzo River. Volunteers will help with caring for native plants as they grow and create habitat along the river. While you are at the river, take a closer look at the willows, alders, evening primrose and mugwort native to the watershed. Listen to the calls of bushtit and warbler over the babble of the lower river. And learn about this unique river ecosystem.

 

During this special River Health Day, you will help CWC and City staff revitalize the Chinatown Bridge that connects San Lorenzo Park with River Street. This bridge marks the last site of Santa Cruz's Chinatown. At this site, past volunteers have planted natives plants like sticky monkey flower, black safe and coffee berry. Mugwort, a native with numerous medicinal uses also grow prolifically in this area.  Now we need to return to the site to maintain plants and weed, water and mulch the garden.

 

We recommend that all volunteers dress in comfortable gardening clothes, include long pants, socks and sturdy shoes. Bring sun protection or rain layer depending on the weather and be sure to bring a reusable water bottle. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

This event will take place next to the Chinatown Bridge on the Santa Cruz Riverwalk across from Trader Joe's. You can see the exact location here on Google Maps. Parking is available on River Street. Call 831 464 9200 for any questions about the event.


Location: Chinatown Bridge, 129 River Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Bringing the Harvest Home: Preserving Tomatoes
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Mountain Feed
Learn a recipe designed for large quantities of staple foods; Canned Tomatoes, and Hard Apple Cider.
Date: 08/11/2018 from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: $60.00

(0 A July 2018) MtnFeed_logo.jpgBringing the Harvest Home: Preserving Tomatoes

Bringing The Harvest Home
These classes are a new format for us this year, though we will bring the same old-fashioned knowledge and clear explanation to bear on the process.

 

The goal of these classes will be to facilitate relationships between farmers, markets, and home-preservers, as well as fill local pantries with peak local produce for use all year long. Participants in the new class series, called Bringing The Harvest Home, will receive discount pricing on flats of farm-fresh produce, as well as equipment and supplies necessary for preserving in bulk; think flats of jars and canning kettles, carboys and airlocks for fermentation. These are longer classes, lasting 2 hours, and will be held on-site at Mountain Feed and Farm Supply.

 

On the day of the class, we will demonstrate a recipe designed for large quantities of staple foods; Canned Tomatoes, and Hard Apple Cider. The Farmer's Market will deliver flats of fresh produce to the site on the day of class, so that each participant goes home empowered with a recipe, a flat of produce, and the tools and skills they need to preserve the bounty of the season in bulk. Whether you're gifting jars of jam for the holiday season, these classes will launch you confidently towards a season of preservation and food security. Each class is $60.00, and pre-registration is required. Sign up early, as space is limited.

Preserving & Canning Tomatoes
11am-1pm
This class will walk participants through the basics of canning whole tomatoes, from blanching to remove skins, salt and acid parameters, and the water-bath canning method, as well as discussion of food safety and alternative tomato recipes such as soup, tomato paste, ketchup and tomato sauce.


Location: 9550 Highway 9
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Wild, Wild, West Fundraiser
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Castlewood Ranch Foundation
Get ready for a fun day of activities and music hosted by the Castlewood Ranch Foundation benefiting companion Animal and Livest
Date: 08/11/2018 from 3:00pm to 8:00pm


(0 A July 2018) CastlewoodRanch.jpgGet ready for a fun day of activities and music hosted by the Castlewood Ranch Foundation benefiting companion Animal and Livestock Rescue. DJ SCOTTY will be spinning your favorite Country tunes. CRUZ PATROL will be our headliner band.

 

Pre-sale tickets are $20 per adult, and $10.00 per child 12 & under until July 31, 2018. Starting August 1, 2018 tickets are $25.00 per adult. Buy tickets on Pay Pal to Kelly.Klett@yahoo.com. The Pay Pal link is below. Pick the Friends and Family payment option please. Food and beverage included in ticket price.

 

Raffles, Silent Auction, Petting Zoo, Pony & Tractor Rides, Bounce House, Corn Hole, Bocce Ball and an Apple Bobbing Contest for Kids with Prizes for winners! "The onsite Cowgurl Collective Non-Profit Store will also be open.

 

DRESS UP in your favorite Western attire and come have fun with us! No onsite Parking for cars. All parking will be along Nunes Road in the assigned areas. Carpooling encouraged. Limited onsite parking for Motorcycles.

 

Please... leave your dog at home for this event. Looking forward to seeing EVERYONE!


Location: 150 Nunes Road, Aptos Map
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Til Death Do Us Part
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The Murder Mystery Company in San Jose
Interactive murder mystery - a night of intrigue, deception, and delicious food
Date: 08/12/2018 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: 60

(0 A June 2018) til-death-do-us-part-300.jpgThe Experts in Mystery Entertainment are now performing live public and private interactive murder mystery dinner shows in San Jose and surrounding areas throughout California.

 

Join us for a night of intrigue, deception, and delicious food in this comedic thriller!


Location: The Old Spaghetti Factory, 51 N San Pedro St, San Jose Map
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NEW Redwood Valley 4-H Club Meeting
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4-H Club Officers
Join 4-H Now!
Date: 08/12/2018 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 5-8 Admission Fees: 0

(0 A Aug 2018) 4-H_PowerofYouth.jpgVisit our club meeting to learn about upcoming events, projects, and enrollment information.


Location: SV Boys & Girls Club, 5060 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley Map
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A Cinematic Summer in Aptos
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Movies in the Park
Come early for food and music.
Date: 08/12/2018 at 7:00pm
Ages: All ages. Admission Fees: free, donations to Coco welcome!

(0 A June 2018) MovieInParkAptos.jpgWe're back for our second annual season of Movie In The Park! Come out and enjoy a movie in the park with your neighbors at Aptos Village Park.

Admission is free, spare change donations requested for the Live Like Coco Foundation.

Come early for food and music. Hope to see you there!

 

6/24  8:30pm Coco

7/15  8:30pm Wrinkle in Time

8/12  8:00pm The Greatest Showman


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Discover the Sandhills
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State Park Henry Cowell
Discover the unique and diverse Santa Cruz Sandhills habitat on this 2-mile stroll to the observation deck
Date: Every Su and Sa (Aug 4-Aug 12) at 3:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Vehicle day-use fee is $10

Discover the Santa Cruz Sandhills

Saturday, August 4 at 3pm

Sunday, August 5 at 3pm

Saturday, August 11 at 3pm

Sunday, August 12 at 3pm

Discover the unique and diverse Santa Cruz Sandhills habitat on this 2-mile stroll to the observation deck. Meet at the Campfire Center, in the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 

Santa Cruz Sandhills.

 

 


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Tween/Teen Line Dance
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The Discovery Learning Center
Slip into your jeans and cowboy boots (if you have them), then come on over to the Discovery Learning Center in Scotts Valley an
Date: 08/12/2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: teens & tweens

(0 A Aug 2018) LineDance.jpgSlip into your jeans and cowboy boots (if you have them), then come on over to the Discovery Learning Center in Scotts Valley and learn how to line dance!

Homeschooling mom, Amber Blavin, will be teaching tweens and teens the basic moves and then leading the line dance with some of her helpers.

Two nice things about a line dance:
1) You'll know what to do because we'll teach you!
2) You don't need a partner, because we'll be dancing in a line!
(But do bring friends, dancing with friends is super fun!)

If you just want to come and listen to music, hang out with friends, or play some board games in the foyer... no problem, and no pressure. Though we hope everyone will give the line dancing a try!

We will have themed refreshments... TBA


Location: 5271 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley Map
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Cabrillo Music Festival
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Cabrillo Stage Summer Musical Festival
Each summer Cabrillo Festival brings together music lovers, community members, professional orchestra players and extraordinary
Date: Every day (Jul 29-Aug 12)


(0 A Aug 2018) Cabrillo_church_Percussion_FamilyConcert.jpgThe world meets at Cabrillo Festival July 29-August 12

Each summer Cabrillo Festival brings together music lovers, community members, professional orchestra players and extraordinary composers for an inspired gathering that offers a musical experience like no other.

 

For the 2018 season, Music Director Cristi Măcelaru has summoned voices from around the globe and across diverse cultural backgrounds to present 18 contemporary works that reflect the human spirit and the stories we tell, the grandeur of the planet, and the vastness of the cosmos. You're invited to journey deep into the creative process through our open rehearsals, talks and the intoxicating experience of live performance. Cabrillo Festival delivers spectacular musicianship, coupled with a warm and welcoming environment for listeners at all levels, plus that famously special Santa Cruz vibe. It's a rare thrill, and you're invited!

 

So much is new in 2018!

  • New pay-what-you-can Community Night Concert This new event welcomes the wider community to experience just how fun new music can be.
  • Earlier concert times All our evening concerts now begin at 7pm!
  • New $20 Youth tickets Invite your favorite young person (age 6-25), and inspire a future Festival fan!
  • New Prix Fixe Dinner on our Grand Finale night.

EVENTS (MOST ARE FREE)

Donors Concert  July 28 @ 4:45 pm - 6:30 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz

A pre-season chamber concert and reception free for donors of $250 or more.

 

First Open Rehearsal (Aural Histories) July 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz

Come to the Civic Auditorium to watch Cristi and the Festival Orchestra play the first notes of the 2018 season! Open Rehearsals continue nearly every weekday through August 10. Today's rehearsal program: Huang RUO: Folksongs for Orchestra Dan DEDIU: Grana Zosha DI CASTRI: Dear Life (with Mary Mackenzie, soprano) Pande SHAHOV: Piano Concerto (no soloist)


Open Rehearsal (After Dixieland)  July 30 @ 2:30 am - 5:00 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz,

Free - Today's rehearsal program: Gabriela Lena FRANK: Walkabout, Concerto for Orchestra Vivian FUNG: Dust Devils Kristin KUSTER: Rain On It

 

Open Rehearsal (After Dixieland)  July 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz,

Free

Today's rehearsal program: Gabriela Lena FRANK: Walkabout, Concerto for Orchestra Kristin KUSTER: Rain On It William BOLCOM: Concerto in D for Violin (with Philippe Quint, violin)

 

In The Works Orchestra Concert  July 31 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz

Free

A special free concert featuring new works by three young composers conducted in rotation by six emerging conductors, the culmination of the prestigious Conductors/Composers Workshop. No tickets required.

 

Open Rehearsal (Aural Histories) August 1 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz

Free

Today's rehearsal program: Pande SHAHOV: Piano Concerto (with Simon Trpceski, piano) Huang RUO: Folksongs for Orchestra Dan DEDIU: Grana Zosha DI CASTRI: Dear Life (with Mary Mackenzie, soprano)

 

Open Rehearsal (Conductors Workshop)  August 1 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz,

Free

The culmination of the Conductors Workshop, the program features standard repertoire performed by the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra led in rotation by emerging conductors.


Open Rehearsal (Aural Histories)  August 2 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz,

Free

Today's rehearsal program: Dan DEDIU: Grana Huang RUO: Folksongs for Orchestra Pande SHAHOV: Piano Concerto (with Simon Trpceski, piano) Zosha DI CASTRI: Dear Life (with Mary Mackenzie, soprano)


Pre-Rehearsal Talk with Prue Ashurst  August 2 @ 6:15 pm - 6:45 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz

Free

Prue Ashurst is an educator, choral director and lecturer. Prue has made the pilgrimage from her native Australia to the Festival for many years, and this year we are thrillled that she will give us a Pre-Rehearsal Talk on the After Dixieland concert program!

 

Open Rehearsal (After Dixieland) August 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz

Free

Today's rehearsal program: Vivian FUNG: Dust Devils William BOLCOM: Concerto in D for Violin (with Philippe Quint) Gabriela Lena FRANK: Walkabout, Concerto for Orchestra Kristin KUSTER: Rain On It


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Retro Nights
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Beach Boardwalk
Enjoy old-school prices throughout the park with these Retro Night specials
Date: Every Mon and Tues (Jun 18-Aug 14) at 5:00pm


Retro Nights

 

Enjoy old-school prices throughout the park with these Retro Night specials:

Some specials may be subject to tax.

Purchase a MyBoardwalk Card for $1.50 rides at any Boardwalk Ticket Booth or MyBoardwalk Kiosk.


Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Coca Cola Nights
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Beach Boardwalk
Bring a Coca-Cola product and enjoy unlimited rides for only $14.95+tax!
Date: Every Wed and Th (Jun 20-Aug 16) at 5:00pm


Coca-Cola Nights

 

Not valid July 4

 

Bring a Coca-Cola product and enjoy unlimited rides for only $14.95+tax!

You can also enjoy unlimited access to Laser Tag, Laser Maze, Miniature Golf, Climb 'N Conquer, and Fright Walk for only $9.95.

 

Exchange your empty Coca-Cola can/bottle or a receipt with proof of purchase at the Coca-Cola redemption tables (located near each ticket booth) to receive your discount ride coupon.

 

Any size Coca-Cola product will be accepted including Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, Pibb Xtra, Barq's Root Beer, SmartWater, or Dasani.

Some specials may be subject to tax.

Purchase a MyBoardwalk Card for $1.50 rides at any Boardwalk Ticket Booth or MyBoardwalk Kiosk.


Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Mindfulness For Teens
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Rebecca Roth
Mindfulness for Teens Summer Drop-in Classes
Date: Every Th (Jul 12-Aug 16) from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Ages: 14-19 Admission Fees: $25/class, or pay what you can
Special Instructions: entrance off parking lot

(0 A July 2018) RebeccaRoth.jpgTeens will learn and practice techniques to help them experience more calm, compassion, and connection.


Location: 200 wshington st.#105, s Map
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Free Daily Entertainment
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Beach Boardwalk
World-class magicians, acrobats, jugglers, and comedians-all performing FREE at two stages inside the park.
Date: Every day (Jun 18-Aug 17) from 12:00pm to 6:00pm


(0 A June 2018) BB_cap-jack-1-wq.jpgFREE Daily Entertainment

 

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

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

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

The Entertainers and the Schedule



Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Pescadero Arts & Fun Festival
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Pescadero Festival
Aquaint gathering of artists and artisans, locals and out-of-towners alike, showcasing their creativity and enjoying a down home
Date: Every day (Aug 18-Aug 19) from 10:00am to 6:00pm


(0 A Aug 2018) PescaderoFestival300.jpgPAFF is Going Green!

This year, we've teamed up with the local chapter of Heirs to Our Oceans (H2OO), a youth-driven organization dedicated to changing how we see and use single-use products that negatively impact our oceans and our future.

 

Welcome to the Pescadero Arts and Fun Festival, a quaint gathering of artists and artisans, locals and out-of-towners alike, showcasing their creativity and enjoying a down home, country good time. Founded in 1991 by a group of local artists seeking an outlet for the local community of talent, the Pescadero Arts and Fun Festival was born, and has grown to become the event of the year for locals and longtime visitors.

 

Don't be fooled however by the abundance of artists in our midst (though we do seem to have more than our fair share). PAFF has become far more than just a festival showcasing local talent; thanks in large part to the dedication and generosity of the people behind PAFF, it is also a major player in promoting its local youth and programs. Whether its granting funds to programs within the schools, or scholarships to local seniors, you will find the influence of PAFF in many nooks and corners of the community.


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Summer Gathering of Mountain Men
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Roaring Camp
Live history! Visit Roaring Camp's summer gathering of wild and woolly mountain men.
Date: Every day (Aug 18-Aug 19)


(A Aug) RoaringCampblacksmith.jpgRelive history by traveling back to the time of Isaac Graham, the mountain man who settled in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the 1830s. Visit Roaring Camp's summer gathering of wild and wooly mountain men.

 

Wander through the wilderness encampments, as the colorful and hardy lifestyles of early trappers are re-created.

 

Watch frontiersmen perfect their skills while you chow down on a Chuck Wagon Barbecue lunch from noon to 3 p.m.

 


Location: Graham Hill Road, Felton Map
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Naturalist Night: The Stories Behind Our Murals
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Learn about the research, staging, sketching, and interviews that must be done before creating natural history murals.
Date: 08/22/2018 at 7:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free with admission
Special Instructions: Pre-registration required

(0 A August 2019) NaturalistNight.jpgMurals have long been important tools for museums and nature centers to create a sense of place within their galleries and help tell stories of our natural history. Many of these murals found along the Central Coast of California — in museums, nature centers, and on the walls of buildings in public spaces like Downtown Santa Cruz — were painted by local artist Ann Thiermann.

 

During this Naturalist Night lecture, learn about the research, staging, sketching, and interviews that must be done before creating natural history murals. Also hear the story behind the creation of our museum’s Ohlone mural, her recent work with State Parks to create a mural at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, and other stories from her years as a natural history muralist, partnering with museums, parks, businesses, and tribes.


About the speaker:

Ann Thiermann has created over 70 California murals including 15 local natural history murals from Half Moon Bay to Pfeiffer Big Sur. Her 2018-19 exhibit Pathways Through Our Parks at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History shared her work as an avid local landscape painter and participant in open studios. The plein air studies included in the exhibit have also served to provide essential flora and fauna research for her studio murals. An experienced Cabrillo art lecturer and church organist the murals are designed to create dramatic, engaging visual energy akin to musical expression.

 

Thursday, August 22 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Reserve Your Seat
Free with Admission
Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Talk will begin at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Pre-registration highly recommended.


Location: 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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The Future of Agriculture with Clint Cowden
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Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Focus is on agricultural technology
Date: 08/22/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $10: Non-member online, $5: member online, $15: at the door.

(0 A Aug 2018) FutureofAgriculture.jpgHardcore Natural History Series: The Future of Agriculture with Clint Cowden

 

Please join us to discuss the future of agriculture with Clint Cowden of Hartnell College. Mr. Cowden will be focusing on his area of expertise, agricultural technology, as he discusses how world population, consumer trends and the environment will change the way we grow our food in the Salinas Valley and the rest of the Monterey Bay area. Get your tickets here: http://bit.ly/2sE9717


$10: Non-member online, $5: member online, $15: at the door. #pgmuseum


Location: 165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove Map
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Conscious Parenting/Creative Discipline with Young Children
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Steve Spitalny
Steve offers four basic and easy to understand principles that will give us a compass for finding better practices of deeper con
Date: Every Th (Aug 2-Aug 23) at 7:00pm
Admission Fees: $50 - $100 sliding scale (per individual or couple)

Santa Cruz Waldorf School Conscious Parenting/Creative Discipline with Young Children

Price: $50 - $100 sliding scale per indiv. or couple

Discover the needs of the young child (Birth through 7 years) through an understanding of physical, mental and emotional development. Steve offers four basic and easy to understand principles that will give us a compass for finding better practices of deeper connecting with the children. The workshop will include tips on resolving conflicts when your child doesn't do what you want, as well as ways to stay calm in the face of the storms that arise. Come on a journey into the world of the young child and learn to weave a fabric of trust and safety!

 

Bring Your Own Lunch

 

Class size limited. Reserve your spot now: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4211287


For more info: steve@santacruzwaldorf.org

 


Location: Waldorf School, 2190 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz Map
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MAKERSPACE LEARNING AT DLC'S OPEN HOUSE!
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The Discovery Learning Center
The Discovery Learning Center invites you and your mini-makers to visit our annual Open House for an exploration of Makerspace L
Date: 08/24/2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: teens & tweens

(0 A Aug 2018) DiscoveryLC_OpenHouse.jpgMAKERSPACE LEARNING AT DLC'S OPEN HOUSE!

The Discovery Learning Center invites you and your mini-makers to visit our annual Open House for an exploration of Makerspace Learning!

Makerspaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they engage deeply in science, engineering, art and tinkering.  Makerspace learning is student-driven, creative, collaborative, and views mistakes as valuable steps on the road to learning. 

Many of the adjectives that describe the Makerspace movement aptly describe the DLC as well:  creative; collaborative; hands-on; and playful.  We hope to include more Makerspace events at the DLC in the future, so please come join us and get involved!
At our Open House, children and youth will be able to engage in some cool Makerspaces, including: 

  • Craft Creation Station;
  • Back-to-School Fashion Repurposing;
  • Make Your Own Book; and
  • DIY Back-to-School Pictures.

In addition, our popular Entrepreneur Row is back, where kids can sell their own creations. 

While your kids are busy making, you can fill your own cup by attending two workshops led by educator Heddi Craft: "Exploring Homeschooling" (10-11 am) and "Goal Setting for Your Homeschool" (1-2 pm).

Lunch will be available for purchase.


Location: 5271 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley Map
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Super Stoked Surf Mamas of Pleasure Point Movie Premiere Night
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Santa Cruz Hope, 4525 Soquel Avenue, Soquel, CA 95073
A film about friendship, community, pregnancy and surfing, features five Santa Cruz surf moms who support each other to continue
Date: 08/24/2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm


(0 A Aug 2018) SuperStokedSurfMamas.jpgntroducing the Super Stoked Surf Mamas of Pleasure Point Movie Premiere Night A fun and inspiring film and music event on Friday, August 24 celebrates the local release of "Introducing the Super Stoked Surf Mamas of Pleasure Point." Part of the evenings proceeds will benefit for Sienna House, a Santa Cruz non-profit that helps homeless pregnant women get back on their feet.

Super Stoked Surf Mamas (for short), a documentary film about friendship, community, pregnancy and surfing, features five Santa Cruz surf moms who support each other to continue surfing during pregnancy and after the birth of their children. The inspiring and delightful film recently had its world premiere at Europes largest surf film festival located in Anglet, France, where the film won the Audience Choice Award  an honor rarely given to a non-French film.

The evening will open at 7pm with a musical set by Santa Cruz favorites The Shapes, who's singer/guitarist Ashley Lloyd not only contributed several songs to the film, but is also one of the five mamas featured in the documentary!

Following the music, "La Maestra," a short documentary about a young Mexican woman teacher who becomes the first woman from her town to surf will then be shown. Mayra Aguilar, the star of the film, is also one of the five women in Super Stoked Surf Mamas, which rounds out the evening. The five Santa Cruz surf mamas and filmmaker Elizabeth Pepin Silva will be in attendance to answer questions afterwards, and local vendors will have booths set up with items for sale.

Friday, August 24
Doors open at 6pm, Program from 7-9.
Santa Cruz Hope, 4525 Soquel Avenue, Soquel, CA 95073
The Shapes will open the evening with a musical set, followed by the films "La Maestra" and "Introducing The Super Stoked Surf Mamas of Pleasure Point."

Please note all ages welcome. Kids 5 and under do not need a ticket.

 




Location: Santa Cruz Hope, 4525 Soquel Avenue, Soquel Map
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LitWits Poetry Writing Camp
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LitWits Workshops
NEW! Because poetry is important.
Date: Every weekday (Aug 20-Aug 24) from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: 8+ Admission Fees: $295
Special Instructions: Sibling discount $20 each

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The act of writing poetry teaches writing skills that apply in all genres, as well as the art of concise diction, careful speaking and listening, and most importantly, empathy. It's also mysterious, beautiful, and FUN!

In PoetryWriting Camp, poets ages 8+ will learn a classic form of poetry each day, each originating in a different part of the world. To build and embellish those forms, we'll help kids learn:

-how to condense a powerful visual into a single word or simple phrase
-the importance of rhythm and rhyme to tone and meaning; scansion skills
-the emotional and literal connotations of fresh metaphors and similes
-how to convey emotion and a physical description in a single word-image
-the significance of objects in a poem; how symbols work
-the power of their own voices
important poetry terms and their applications (put into practice)
We inspire young writers in creative, kinetic ways:

• sensory props to vivify some of the world's best poems
• inspiring excerpts by masterful poets, for appreciation, study, and emulation
• fun activities that show why certain techniques work
• engaging art projects that connect us to our own poems' themes

(0 A July 2018) LitWitsLadies3.jpgInstructors: Becky and Jenny, sisters and LitWits founders. Jenny has a BA in English literature and an MFA in creative nonfiction and poetry writing. She's been a K-6 teacher and a K-12 language arts tutor, and her scholarship, essays, and poems have appeared in several journals. Becky is a literature-based homeschool teacher and a journalism major who spent four years as a staff writer for The Register Pajaronian. Both Becky and Jenny are currently writing creative biographies of two fascinating Bay Area women of history.

Hours: 9am - 12pm, Monday through Friday

Ages: 8 and up. Our activities are geared to accommodate a range of ages simultaneously.

Cost: The cost of each camp includes all supplies; children bring their own no-nuts snack. LitWits Workshops is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove Charter School and Inspire Charter Schools. Charter parents, please enter promo code CHARTER-C to register, then request a purchase order or enrichment certificate.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel at least 30 days before the event, you can choose a refund or makeup; within 30 days, you'll get a makeup. (Use promo code MAKEUP to re-register, and please remind us, in the Notes field, which event you missed.) There are no refunds or makeups for no-shows. We hope that makes sense and seems fair!


Location: Vintage Faith Church, 350 Mission Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Enchantment Micro-Festival
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The 418 Project
✨Together we can create a world of conscious awareness, compassion, creativity, celebration, connection and enchantment.&
Date: 08/25/2018 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm


 

Enchantment Micro-Festival


✨An Intimate Fusion of Sublime Sight, Sound, Taste, Touch, & Spirit✨

TICKETS ON SALE 5 PM Thursday July 26: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3577054

The first-of-its-kind Santa Cruz event, Enchantment promises to be a truly extraordinary experience!

*Enchantment is a benefit for The 418 Project*

 

FEATURING:
- World Fusion Feast: A Global Culinary Odyssey created by multiple award-winning chef Joseph Schultz of India Joze, with keto, gluten-free and vegan options
- Beautiful Late Evening Kava Ceremon
- Illuminated Aerial Tree-line Dance Performance by Stellaria
- Other special dance performances TBA

LIVE MUSIC with:
- Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda, Acoustic Mantra and Kirtronica
- Calico and Friends, Gypsy Flamenco World Fusion with special guest artists
- Marya Stark, Magical Song Art Creationist
- DJ Daniel Mollner, Special Enchantment Groove

* Other special live music to move and be moved to be announced soon
- Multi-instrumental Sound Healing
- Optional Heartful Opening Connection Ritual

 

All in a magical, intimate outdoor setting beneath the August Full Moon...

With exquisite live outdoor music, dazzling DJ sets, illuminated aerial dancers in the trees, delicious food (with paleo and vegan options), heartful connection rituals (optional), whimsical wonders of the imagination, cozy indoor chill spaces massage station, and a very special, blissful surprise to conclude the evening.


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Earthday Rver Cleanup
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Save Our Shores
You're needed for San Lorenzo River cleanups
Date: 08/25/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm


(0 April 2018) EarthDay_RiverCleanup.jpgJoin us this Earth Day to keep the San Lorenzo River Levee clean before the Earth Day Festivities in town! Sign ups are required for this cleanup.


MEET UP LOCATION

Meet us at the Mimi de Marta Park parking lot.

 

MORE DETAILS
We recommend that all volunteers dress in layers, wear sun protection, and bring a filled reusable water bottle. Volunteers under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult.

 

All of Save Our Shores cleanups happen rain or shine. As always, if you have any questions please contact emma@saveourshores.org

See you on the river,

 

 

August 25, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Where: Laurel St. to Riverside
119 Broadway
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Contact: 8314625660 ext 5

 

 


Location: 119 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
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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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AWARE: The Science and Practice of Presence
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1440 Multi University
From the New York Times best-selling author of Brainstorm and Mindsight comes an in-depth look at the science that underlies med
Date: 08/26/2018 from 7:30pm to 9:00pm


(0 A Aug 2018) BookshopSC_Siegel.jpg"With warmth and humanity, Dr. Siegel gives us a brilliant summary of the new sciences of the mind that is fascinating, sometimes jaw-dropping, and always wonderfully useful."

- Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Resilient


1440 Multiversity welcomes back renowned psychiatrist and mindfulness expert Dan Siegel, MD, for a discussion of his new book, Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence, followed by a book signing, in partnership with Bookshop Santa Cruz.


From the New York Times best-selling author of Brainstorm and Mindsight comes an in-depth look at the science that underlies meditation's effectiveness. In Aware, Dan Siegel reveals how developing a Wheel of Awareness to focus attention and cultivate kind intention can help you:

  • Grow a healthier brain

  • Reduce fear and anxiety

  • Manage stress

  • Feel more energized and emotionally resilient in the face of everyday challenges.

Aware is a hands-on guide for experienced meditators and those new to the practice.

Books will be available for purchase at the event, thanks to Bookshop Santa Cruz! Get your copy signed by Dr. Dan Siegel after this enlightening talk.

 

Your event ticket includes dinner at Kitchen Table, the heart of sustenance and connection on campus (where you'll find plentiful options to meet a variety of dietary needs). Relax by the cozy fireplace or dine al fresco on our patio overlooking the lush redwoods.

Kitchen Table open for dinner: 5:30 - 7:00 pm.

Want to add an R&R overnight stay to your experience? Reserve your room here.

 

Daniel Siegel, MD, is an award-winning educator, renowned child psychiatrist, and the internationally acclaimed author of Mindsight, Brainstorm, The Whole-Brain Child, and more. He speaks internationally to teachers, mental health and healthcare professionals, business leaders, and the general public. He is the executive director of the Mindsight Institute and a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine.

TICKETS:

This is an offsite and ticketed event at 1440 Multiversity.


Location: 800 Bethany Drive , Scotts Valley Map
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Special Needs Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Learn about the many parenting styles of the redwoods, the dedicated parenting of the endangered marbled murrelet, the extended
Date: 08/26/2018 at 1:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: 11 am and 2 pm

Special Needs Walk

Sunday, August 26 at 1pm

On this wheelchair and special needs accessible hike, Docent Nan Singh-Bowman will cover a wide range of subjects including plants, animals and the history of Big Basin. The hike will be paced for non-traditional kids, but everyone is welcome! Please wear comfortable shoes/clothing and bring water, snacks, hat and sunscreen. Be prepared for very warm weather but bring a light jacket or sweater as well. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Lovein Fundraiser
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Next Stage Santa Cruz
Singing Magical Mystery Troupe rocking songs from their youthful hippie years in the 60s, a free love dance floor and super hip
Date: 08/26/2018 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: $30

(0 A Aug 2018) LoveIN.jpgLove In Fun-Raiser

We are hosting a brand new, "Love In" Music & Dance Party Fundraiser on August 26, 2018.  

The groovy happenings are: NextStage's singing Magical Mystery Troupe rocking songs from their youthful hippie years in the 60s, a free love dance floor and super hip silent auction.  All cool flower children will receive a Hippie Kit with essential Hippie shades, bandana and peace sign. 

NextStage Santa Cruz believes that affordable creative arts classes and events make the aging journey more comfortable and more fun! Vibrancy is what we accomplish as we provide opportunities for individuals to be creative through our educational and outreach programs.

We are able to accomplish this through generous sponsorship from partners such as You. Please consider sponsoring our fundraising event, and ask us about donating your products for our Silent Auction.  You are also invited to include swag gifts, coupon or brochure in every Hippie Kit (200 guests expected!). The Love In will be held at the historic Louden Nelson Community Center Auditorium, located in downtown Santa Cruz.  Can you Dig it?

Love-In Fundraiser for NextStage Productions
August 26, 2018 3-6pm   $30 Includes "Hippie Kit"

Tickets available at: lovein.brownpapertickets.com

Email info@nextstagesantacruz.org or call 831-316-4833 for more information on the "Love In".


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Half Moon Bay State Beach
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State Park Half Moon Bay Beach
Junior Rangers, Campfire Programs, Guided walks
Date: Every day (Jun 29-Aug 31) from 11:00am to 3:00pm


Junior Rangers

Fridays and Saturdays at 3pm

Discover the fascinating secrets of the beach! Explore, practice outdoor skills, and play games as you learn about plants, animals, geology, and more. This one-hour program is designed for kids ages 7-12. Sorry parents, this program is for kids only! Please register your child 15 minutes before the program begins at the Francis State Beach Visitor Center. Please be sure your child is dressed for active play in the outdoors. Event is free; day-use fee for vehicles is $10. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association, and California State Parks.

 

Campfire Program

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30pm

Join us in our new campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about beach ecology, creatures of the ocean or stories of the park while relaxing by the beach. Event is free; day-use fee for vehicles is $10. Event made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 

Guided Walk: Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park

Sunday, July 22 at 10am 

Journey back in time to discover the lives of early pioneers on this two-mile stroll along Mills Creek at Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park. Meet at the Burleigh Murray parking lot located on Higgins-Purisima Road 1.5 miles east of Highway 1. Bring water and snacks; close toed shoes, layer clothing, and binoculars recommended. Appropriate for children age seven and older accompanied by parent. Rain cancels. For information call (650) 726-8819 or email HMBparksvolunteer@parks.ca.gov.

 

Guided Walk: Sequoia Audubon Trail

Sunday, July 1 at 10am

Sunday, July 15 at 1pm

Join us for a one-mile stroll along the California Coast into the Pescadero Marsh, a popular bird watching location.  Meet at the Pescadero State Beach central parking lot located on Highway 1, one-quarter mile north of Pescadero Creek Road in Pescadero. Bring water, and snacks; close toed shoes, layer clothing, sunscreen and binoculars recommended. Children age 7 and older are welcomed, accompanied by parent. No pets. Rain cancels. For information call (650) 726-8819 or email HMBparksvolunteer@parks.ca.gov.

 

Guided Walk: McNee Ranch, Montara State Beach

Saturday, July 14 at 10am

Join us for a two-mile stroll along the California coast and enjoy stunning views, remnants of the long-gone Ocean Shore Railroad and WWII era bunker. Meet at Gray Whale Cove State Beach Parking Lot on Highway 1 just south of Devil's Slide. Bring water and snacks; close toed shoes, layer clothing, and binoculars recommended. Children age 7 and older are welcomed, accompanied by parent. All pets must be on leash. Rain cancels. For information call (650) 726-8819 or email HMBparksvolunteer@parks.ca.gov


Location: 95 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay Map
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Monterey Contra Dance
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Monterey Country Dance Community
Join us for a fun evening of dancing
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Special Instructions: Check website for verifying dates

Monterey Country Dance Community holds contra dances most first and third Saturdays (in December, our dances may vary due to the holiday season) at the YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula, at 600 Camino El Estero in Monterey, unless otherwise noted in our schedules and calendars.  Come alone or bring a friend - beginners are always welcome!  If you'd like to support MCDC, please consider becoming a Member (a minimum $25/year sponsorship helps us to continue these wonderful dances).

 

Schedule: 6:40pm Newcomers' Orientation

  • 7pm to 10pm Contra Dance

Admission Prices for regular dances:

  • $12 for nonmembers (of any sister organization)
  • $10 for members of MCDC or sister organization (including BACDS & CDSS)
  • $5 for full-time students and active military, with ID

Check out our Calendar for details and dates. 


Not sure what Contra Dance is?
See videos and learn more by checking out our About Contra Dance page. If you're feeling nervous about learning how to contra dance, we even have links to beginning dancers' training videos on YouTube - they are a wonderful help, though nothing replaces dancing as a way to learn.
Please be aware that some of our dancers are sensitive to fragrances - we respectfully request that everyone please be thoughtful and not use products with fragrance prior to a contra dance.  Thank you!


Location: YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula, 600 Camino El Estero, Monterey Map
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Kid's Tool Workshop
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Home Depot
Free kids workshops teach do-it-yourself skills and tool safety
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: 5-12 Admission Fees: Free

(A Oct) Home-Depot-Kids2.jpgDesigned for kids ages 5-12, these free workshops teach do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while instilling a sense of accomplishment.

 

Offered on the first Saturday of each month between 9 a.m. and noon at The Home Depot.

 

Watsonville, 355 S. Green Valley Rd, (831)786-9877
Capitola, 2600 41st Ave, (831)462-5650

Salnas, 1890 N. Davis Road

 

 


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Family Discovery Walk
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State Park Big Basin
We'll discover what surprises the day offers on this easy, one-mile round trip walk
Date: 09/02/2018 at 1:00pm


Family Discovery Walk

Sunday, September 2 at 1pm

Join Docent Norm Beeson for a fun-filled family walk and investigate the mysteries and wonders of Big Basin's redwood forest! We'll discover what surprises the day offers on this easy, one-mile roundtrip walk that lasts about 1.5 hours. Bring water, a snack and an adventurous spirit! Meet at Park Headquarters.

 

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
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Labor Day Weekend at Big Basin
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State Park Big Basin
Spend family time in the woods over Labor Day Weekend!
Date: Every day (Sep 1-Sep 3)
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

LABOR DAY WEEKEND ACTIVITIES!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
9-12 Coffee Talk and Crafts
10-12 Ohlone Plant Use
11 am AND 2 pm Redwood Grove Loop Walk
11:30 am Felling the Giants (Logging Demonstration!)
12 pm Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!
1-1:30 pm Story Time Walk
1:30-3 pm (Drop In Anytime) Nature's Reading Room
3 pm Junior Rangers
4:30 pm Big Basin Nature Club
7 pm Campfire! Marshmallows: 7-7:30, Campfire: 7:30-8:30

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
9:30 am The Road Less Traveled-A Dog-Friendly Walk
10-12:30 Coffee Talk and Crafts
11 am AND 2 pm Redwood Grove Loop Walk
1 pm Family Discovery Walk
3 pm Junior Rangers
4:30 pm Big Basin Nature Club
7 pm Campfire! Marshmallows: 7-7:30, Campfire: 7:30-8:30

 

(0 A Aug 2018) happy-labor-day-.jpgMONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 LABOR DAY
9:30 am What's that Bird? Walk
10 am Big Basin Nature Club
11 am Junior Rangers
11 am AND 2 pm Redwood Grove Loop Walk
12 pm Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!

 

For more information please call go to https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=540 or call headquarters (831) 338-8861 for details.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Santa Cruz Mountains " ALL GIRLS" Cub Scout PackvSign Up Night
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Santa Cruz Mountains " ALL GIRLS" Cub Scouts
Sign Up Night 'ALL Girls" Cub Scout Pack - nature, crafting, archery, hiking and community service
Date: 09/04/2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: K-5th grade
Special Instructions: Sign Up Night in the Clubhouse area

(0 A Aug 2018) AllGirlsCubScouts.jpgDoes your daughter enjoy nature, crafting, archery, hiking and community service?

Well great news! Girls Kindergarten through 5th grade are now invited to make history by joining the very first "All Girls" Santa Cruz Mountain Cub Scout Pack.

Join us for Sign Up Night or join now at https://my.bsa.us/055paa0673mb


Location: La Madrona Athletic Club, 1897 La Madrona Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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!st WednesdayFamily Fun
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Capitola Mall
Date: The 1st Wed of every month from 3:00pm to 5:00pm


(0 April 2018) FamilyFunNightCapMall.jpgJoin us at Capitola Mall for 1ST Wednesday Family Fun!

Enjoy many fun activities, including:
Entertainment with Happily Ever Laughter
Family Friendly Crafts
Music and More!

We will also be giving away a Family Fun Membership to Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery to one lucky family!

$5 Donation per Child benefits Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services!


Location: 1855 41st Ave, Capitola Map
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Citizen Science
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Library Central
A presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, clim
Date: The 1st Th of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) CitizenScience22.jpgCitizen Science

 

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

 

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

 

December

This month our Citizen Science series offers a discussion about the various ecological and social solutions for living with fire on the Central Coast. Our presenter, Dr. Lee Klinger leads a movement aimed at using ecologically-based techniques to address the problem of oak mortality in California and elsewhere.

 

Dr. Klinger is a tree care practitioner living in Big Sur, California. Since 2005 he has served as director of Sudden Oak Life. He has over 30 years of academic experience in the environmental sciences and has held scholarly appointments at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the University of Colorado, the University of Oxford, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Geological Society of London.

 

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

 

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

 

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


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Trivia on Tap
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Library Central & Scotts Valley
Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize.
Date: The 1st Th of every month from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Trivia on Tap
Join Santa Cruz Public Libraries as we host a bimonthly trivia night at Steel Bonnet Brewing Company in Scotts Valley. Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize. Event occurs 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month.
Note: Special Theme: Film and Television
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Location: Steel Bonnet Brewing Company , 20 Victor Square, Scotts Valley Map
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Uniquely Beautiful & Beautifully Unique Parents Support Group
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Library Boulder Creek
Support group for parents and loved ones of children with special needs
Date: The 1st Th of every month (May 3-Sep 6) from 8:00pm to 9:30pm


Uniquely Beautiful & Beautifully Unique Parents Support Group

First Thursdays 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM

 

The Uniquely Beautiful and Beautifully Unique group is a support group for parents and loved ones of children with special needs. We will meet at the Boulder Creek Library on the first Thursday of the month. Join us to discuss the joys and stresses of parenthood.

 


Location: Boulder Creek Branch Library Amp, 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
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Spanish Conversation Group @ Aptos Branch Library
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Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Spanish Conversation Group @ Aptos Branch Library
Date: The 1st Th of every month (Jun 1-Dec 30) from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

Trying to work on your Spanish? Want to improve your vocabulary and Spanish speaking skills? The Aptos Branch Library is now hosting a Spanish conversation group. Facilitator-led discussion and activities. All levels are welcome, including beginners.

Meetings are every first and third Thursday of the month.

For more information contact Ivan Llamas at llamasi@santacruzpl.org or 831-427-7702


Location: Aptos Branch Library, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 427-7702 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Volunteer in California's Oldest State Park!
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State Park Big Basin
We need volunteers!
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 9:00am to 3:00pm


Volunteer with the Trail Crew Saturdays

Since 1969 the Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew has helped make it possible for others to safely enjoy the beauty of our park. The Trail Crew meets the second Saturday of each month, rain or shine. A typical workday lasts until mid-afternoon. Please bring your own work gloves, lunch and water. Join us for a unique perspective of Big Basin, a lively and productive experience with others who share a love of these redwood forests, and the satisfaction of participating in a vital part of the park's ability to educate and inspire the public! Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
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Can You Survive in the Wild?
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State Park Big Basin
Learn what it takes to survive overnight in the wilderness
Date: 09/08/2018 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Can You Survive? (psychology, risk assessment, priorities, equipment, and shelter)

Saturday, September 8 from 10am to 3pm

Join Certified California Naturalist Steven Stolper for a hands-on, five-hour workshop to learn modern wilderness survival techniques. If you hike, bike, camp or ride horses, then you should have a working knowledge of modern wilderness survival. Steve will teach the skills needed to survive a 1-3 day survival situation. In this session we cover risk assessment, the "Rule of 3", equipment, shelter, and survival psychology. Please dress as you would for a day-hike. Everyone is welcome in this workshop, no matter their ability. Wear clothes that can get dirty, and bring at least one liter of water, lunch, and snacks.

 


Location: 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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International OCEAN FILM TOUR
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Patagonia
Six visually stunning documentary OCEAN films
Date: 09/08/2018 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Admission Fees: $16

(0 A Aug 2018) OceanTour.jpgThe blue wonder on the big screen-the International OCEAN FILM TOUR presents the captivating sea in all its diversity and beauty. This exclusive program consists of six visually stunning documentary films screening at the Rio Theatre on September 8, 2018 at 7 pm.

The International OCEAN FILM TOUR takes the viewer on a wondrous voyage of the cosmic ocean, well beyond ordinary cinema. The protagonists rollick on and under the water, showing what's possible with a board under their feet, daringly defying the forces of nature, and arousing a desire to heed the call of the sea. Every year, the Int. OCEAN FILM TOUR also promotes an environmental policy focus, providing inspiring messages to take action and protect our natural resources.


THE OCEAN RIDER - EN ÉQUILIBRE SUR L'OCÉAN (Switzerland, 2017, 35 min)
Around the world in 220 days. Despite being in his landlocked homeland, the Swiss sailor Yvan Bourgnon dreams big. He embarks on a solo trip around the world in his cockpit-less catamaran. No protection against the elements, no crew, and 55,000 kilometres of open water ahead. On his journey, Bourgnon faces storms, pirates, and polluted seas. 

 

PARADIGM LOST (USA, 2017, 14 min)
Kai Lenny-kitesurfer, windsurfer, and big-wave, tow-in, and stand-up paddle surfer-is aptly described as a total waterman. The 25-year-old Hawaiian, who stepped on a surfboard for the first time at the age of five, is regarded as an exceptional talent. Like no other surfer out there, Lenny thrives on the water, feeling his way into the wind and waves, independent of the equipment. In Paradigm Lost, he shows us the ultimate watersports action in a variety of disciplines and in the best spots worldwide!

 

VAMIZI (Mozambique/Sweden, 2016, 24 min)

Off the coast of Mozambique, a pristine and dazzling treasure chest awaits-one of the oldest coral reefs of the planet. But this paradise of biodiversity is under threat. Coral bleaching is a warning sign of global warming. VAMIZI takes us into the fascinating world of coral reefs and shows what we can protect.

 

WATER II (USA, 2017, 5 min)
An ode to waves. Morgan Maassen plunges under the water with his high-contrast, slow-motion camera to show us the world, the waves, and the sea from a new perspective. WATER II is Maassen's visual declaration of love for his muse, the sea.

 

THE BIG WAVE PROJECT - A Band Of Brothers (Australia, 2017, 7 min)
The name, "Nazaré" makes all surfers' hearts beat faster. The small fishing village on the Atlantic coast of Portugal has become synonymous with gargantuan mountains of water, massive waves that push the world's big wave elite to its limits. When the tide is high in Nazaré and sets of Atlantic storms roll onto shore, only the best surfers dare to get in the water. We come aboard for a wild ride with Sebastian Steudtner, Garrett McNamara and Andrew Cotton.

 

Tickets: $16
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com
Event website: www.oceanfilmtour.com


Location: Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz 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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River Health Day on the Santa Cruz Riverwalk
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Coastal Watershed Council
Revitalize river habitat in the heart of Santa Cruz at Coastal Watershed Council's monthly volunteer event.
Date: 09/08/2018 from 9:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: Meet behind the Sherwin Williams

(0 April 2018) san_Lorenzo_Rver.jpgThe Coastal Watershed Council invites you to make a difference in the lower San Lorenzo River ecosystem by removing invasive ice plant growing along the banks of the San Lorenzo River.

 

As a volunteer you will enhance the ecosystem that surrounds the San Lorenzo River by planting beneficial native plants and removing invasive plant competitors. You will explore and learn about the riparian, or riverside, ecosystem. Join us in making the San Lorenzo River ecosystem better for the fish, birds and bugs, and for our community.

Events occur along the banks of the lower San Lorenzo River near the Santa Cruz Riverwalk. Equipment, gloves and refreshments are provided.


Location: Santa Cruz Riverwalk, 408 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Grandparents Day Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Take a leisurely walk to Big Basins Grandparent Tree
Date: 09/09/2018 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 2 time choices

Grandparents Day Redwood Loop Walks

Sunday, September 9 at 11am and 2pm

Take a leisurely walk to Big Basin's Grandparent Tree as we celebrate all our Grandparents on this special day. Join Docent Norm Beeson on a walk through ancient redwoods and marvel at their beauty and timelessness. Grandparents, parents and children are all welcome! Meet at Park Headquarters.

 

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Nature Wander
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Find out whats growing and blooming right now in the Waddell Valley
Date: 09/09/2018 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Nature Wander

Sunday, September 9 at 1pm

Find out what's growing and blooming right now in the Waddell Valley on this approximately 1 mile, 1.5 hour guided walk with docent naturalist Ann Garside. She will share information about the plants of Rancho del Oso as the group walks from coastal scrub through one of the last native stands of Monterey Pine left in the world.  Meet at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center, located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway 1 in Davenport. For more information, please call (831) 427-2288, or email RDOPIS@parks.ca.gov. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.

 


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
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Live Like A Greek
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Prophet Elias Greek Church
Come and enjoy this showcase authentic Greek food and pastries, spirits, live music, and dancing.
Date: Every day (Sep 7-Sep 9)
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free

(0 A Aug 2018) GreekFestival_18.jpgCOME LIVE LIKE A GREEK IN DOWNTOWN SANTA CRUZ, SEPTEMBER 7, 8, and 9
Celebrating its 37th year, this award-winning Greek Festival will make you feel like you are in Greece. Voted Best Street Festival and Best Food Festival in 2017. Free admission! Come see what makes it so special. You'll enjoy delicious authentic Greek dishes, live music, dancing, vendor bazaar, henna art, a taverna (bar), coffee shop, and tasty Greek desserts and pastries. The Festival benefits Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church and is located on Church Street between Cedar and Center in downtown Santa Cruz.

DAYS AND HOURS
Friday, 5pm - 10pm
Saturday, 11am - 10pm
Sunday, 12pm - 7pm


Location: 223 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-6500 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
New Mommy Musical Meet-UP
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MusicalMe, Inc
Join us every 2nd Monday for our "New Mommy Musical Meet-Up"!
Date: The 2nd Mon of every month from 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Ages: birth - 12months Admission Fees: FREE!

(0 February 2018) MT_baby.jpgMeet and mingle with new mothers just like you, share parenting ideas and make Music Together® alongside your babies while learning lifelong parenting tips at the monthly New Mommy Musical MeetUp (Daddies and other loving adults are welcome too!).

 

Bring your baby (under a year old) and enjoy making friends and drawings for prizes while a certified Music Together teacher leads a short music making session geared specifically to babies.

 

Join us every 2nd Monday @ 239 High Street, Santa Cruz. 

 

https://www.meetup.com/New-Mommy-Musical-Meetup/events/246692123/

Questions?  831-438-3514 or sky@musicalme.com


Location: Native Son's Hall, 239 High Street, Santa Cruz Map
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AUTISM SPECTRUM SUPPORT GROUP
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SPIN
Meet with other parents for support, networking and information
Date: The 2nd Tues of every month from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

AUTISM SPECTRUM SUPPORT GROUP
This group is for parents to share space with each other, to support each other and to problem solve challenges together!


Meets the second Tuesday of each month at Hope Services- 220 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Email Heidi at hlister@spinsc.org for more information.

 


Location: Hope Services, 220 Lincoln St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831)722-2800 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
WESTERN WEDNESDAY
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The Crepe Place
A night of true Country/ Western & Honky Tonk music AND dancing!
Date: The 2nd Wed of every month at 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $10 ($7 with cowboy boots :-)
Special Instructions: EARLY SHOW!!!! 8PM

(0 April 2018) CrepePlace_DanceWeds.jpgWESTERN WEDNESDAY IS BACK!!!

a night of true Country/ Western & Honky Tonk music
Every 2nd Wednesday at The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz, CA
one touring band vs. one local band

5/9 - WESTERN WEDNESDAY # 27
Laura Benitez and the Heartache
Earnest Tubb Time Machine

LAURA BENITEZ AND THE HEARTACHE - Country/ Rockabilly from the Bay Area, CA
website: www.laurabenitezandtheheartache.com
video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSAeNYiYvAg
Laura Benitez and the Heartache use the three chord tools of country music to tell the simple, unvarnished truth about love, too much whiskey, and the call of the road. Their songs range from honky-tonk shuffles to rock 'n' roll numbers to sweet old time waltzes, and cover everything from unwed motherhood ("Me or the Baby") to mean drunks ("Don't Wake the Devil"), with a whole lot of heartbreak in between. Their twangy honesty shines through in straightforward arrangements, crystalline harmonies, and spare instrumentation. Frank Gutch Jr of No Depression calls Laura Benitez & the Heartache "... Original, as good as it got and as good as it gets," and Stephan Rapid of Lonesome Highway says, "Her tight and focused band play country music with a view to the past and an ear for the future."

EARNEST TUBB TIME MACHINE - Old Time Party Country from Santa Cruz, CA
The Earnest Tubb Time Machine from Santa Cruz are the best band for drinking and dancing and more drinking!


Location: 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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English Country Dance
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English Country Dancing
It's really, really fun!
Date: The 2nd Th of every month from 7:30pm to 9:30pm


Ten Reasons to Go English Country Dancing


(0 January 2018) CountryDance.jpg1   It’s Really, Really Fun.

2  It’s Easy: If you can count and skip and tell your right hand from your left, you can begin doing the easy dances immediately. This form of dance does not require fancy footwork or a high level of coordination. This is an excellent place to learn, even if you’ve never done any folk dancing. Beginners are very welcome.

3  It’s Social: The level of interaction that occurs between all the dancers in the set make this a very social dance form. Singles or partners are welcome. This is a very friendly community, and a great way to meet new people.

4  It’s Good Exercise: How many calories did you burn the last time you watched a TV show? Yeah, that’s what we thought. Although English country dancing is not as strenuous as a workout at the gym, it does a whole lot more for your health than a sitcom and a bag of potato chips. It’s a good, light exercise.

5  It’s Casual: We are not a performance troupe, so our goal is not to make the dances look perfect. Our goal is to have fun, and we can do that without requiring technical perfection. Come as you are, wear casual clothes, relax and enjoy it.

6  It’s Low-Tech: Tired of staring at a computer screen all day? So are we. Come dance with us! We won’t require you to look at a computer screen all night. We promise!

7  Indulge Your Inner Anglophile: Come on, you know you want to.

8  It’s Good Clean Fun: Although English country dance has been known to lead to Renaissance Faire addiction, apart from that, it’s totally harmless. (Actually, we love our local Renaissance Faire, especially the Newcastle Country Dancers.)

9 It Brings Together People of All Ages: This form of entertainment appeals to a wide range of ages, which helps bridge the gap between generations. Whether you’re a teen, a septuagenarian, or someone in between, there’s a place here for you.

10  Did We Mention That It’s Really, Really Fun?

 

Dance Schedule

Come dance with us! We usually meet on the second Thursday of the month, from 7:30—9:30 p.m., at Peace United Church (upper hall), 900 High Street, Santa Cruz, California. (We meet on only the second Thursday in November and December.)


Location: Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Step Parents Support Group
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Live Oak Family Resource Center
Drop-in support group for anyone in the step-parenting role.
Date: The 2nd Th of every month at 6:30pm


Step Parents Support Group 6:30pm. Join us on the second Thursday of each month for a free, drop-in support group for anyone in the step-parenting role. We meet at Live Oak Family Resource Center. Contact mailto: 1notsoevilstepmom@gmail.com for more information


Location: 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 476-2769 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Cleanup Beaches with Save Our Shores
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Save Our Shores
Join us for fun, free, easy way to give back to your community by keeping pollution from entering the Monterey Bay National Mari
Date: 09/15/2018 from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All ages welcomed!

(0 A Aug 2018) CaliforniaCoastalCleanupDay.jpgJoin us and volunteer at one of our dozens of beach cleanups across the Central Coast of California! Whether it's just you or a whole crew of folks, we'd love your help.

 

Since we will have hundreds of volunteers on Annual Coastal Cleanup (ACC) Day, we require signups to help us allocate supplies to our sites.

 

Please fill out this required form by Thursday, September 13. If the particular beach you're looking for doesn't appear in the form, the cleanup is full. Please consider volunteering at another location!

You can help us reduce our footprint and save time at ACC by doing the following:

  • Print and fill out this waiver and bring it to your cleanup.
  • Download the Annual Coastal Cleanup Day app for recording data called CleanSwell. This will enable you to collect your data electronically.
  • BYOG: Bring your own gear. Come to your cleanup with your own gloves, bucket, grabbers, and filled reusable water bottles.

 


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Book Sale at Aptos Library
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Library Aptos
Support your libraries by coming to the Aptos Book Sale and finding new life-changing books
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: 6yrs & up Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: January-July and September-October

Monthly Book Sale @ Aptos Branch: 3rd Saturday of every month, 11 AM - 3 PM

Come browse a wide ranging collection from fiction to children's books, audio books to CD's. Our non-fiction covers subjects from A-Z: cookbooks, gardening, health & well-being, poetry, and travel among a myriad of other subject areas. Join us on Saturdays in the Aptos Library meeting room as the Aptos Chapter of the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries (Aptos FSCPL) hosts monthly book sales throughout the year (January-July and September-October). The books and media sold are selected from library donations.

 


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831)427-7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Herbs 101
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Costanoa Commons
Growing and Using Herbs for Medicinal, Therapeutic and Culinary purposes
Date: 09/15/2018 from 10:00am to 11:30am
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A Aug 2018) Herbs101.jpgHerbs 101- Growing and Using Herbs for Medicinal, Therapeutic and Culinary purposes will provide an overview of the proper growing conditions, drying techniques and wide variety of applications of the most common herbs for the home gardener. Learn about the fascinating compounds in these aromatic plants. This free class is taught by experienced Master Gardener, Susan Brown.

Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early for check-in.

Please dress for the weather. Layered clothing, hat and sunscreen are advised.

Save your Seat:
https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=24860


Location: 335 Golf Club Dr, Santa Cruz Map
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Cleanup Beaches with Save Our Shores
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Save Our Shores
Join us for fun, free, easy way to give back to your community by keeping pollution from entering the Monterey Bay National Mari
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All ages welcomed!

Visit our Cleanup & Events Calendar to find the next volunteer opportunity

 

(0 March 2018) SunnyCove.jpgMonthly beach cleanups are a fun, free, easy way to give back to your community by keeping pollution from entering the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. It's easy to participate - just meet us at the check-in table where you'll sign a waiver form and receive your cleanup materials and data cards. Volunteers are encouraged to Bring Your Own buckets, gloves, and reusable bags to decrease trash. Beach cleanups demonstrate how individuals of all ages can protect the marine environment by keeping our coastlines free from harmful pollution and debris.

 

Locations rotate each month.  Monthly beach cleanups occur every 2nd Saturday of the month in Monterey County every 3rd Saturday of the month in Santa Cruz County.

All monthly beach cleanups are held from 10am to Noon.

Beach Cleanup Waiver Forms: All participants must sign a waiver form to participate in a SOS cleanup. SOS will provide waiver forms at all public cleanups. Volunteers under 18 participating without a legal guardian will need to bring a printed and signed waiver form with them. *Download the English Cleanup-Waiver-form here. *Download the Cleanup-Waiver-form_Spanish here.

 

For more information, contact cleanup@saveourshores.org.

 


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Bilingual River Birdwalk
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Common Language for Nature Connection
Bird FUN Festival event
Date: 09/15/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: https://goo.gl/maps/LaiU9ycPgBt

Walk along the San Lorenzo River and discover the different families of birds that come from near and far to make our river their home. Jeff Caplan, director of Common Language for Nature Connection will lead a bilingual bird walk, so you may learn about birds in Spanish or English or both!


Location: Beach Flats Park, 160 Raymond St, Santa Cruz Map
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Potluck & Dance
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Pie Ranch
Pie Ranch Community Work Day, potluck dinner, and rollicking barn dance in the roadside barn
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 6:00pm to 10:00pm


(0 April 2018) PieRanchDance.jpgBARN DANCE

 

6:00pm / Potluck Dinner followed by music and dancing (7:00 pm)
Reservations and information

The potluck brings a few dozen people out, each with a dish they’ve brought to share.

Cost for the dance is $15–20 per person on a sliding scale; everyone contributes what they can! PLEASE NOTE THAT AN RSVP IS RECOMMENDED but not required and is helpful for our own planning purposes. Nobody will be turned away.

The 7pm Dance lasts 3 hours and features the County Line Pickers (Jim Davies, bass; Joni Davies, guitar; Hide Kawatsur, mandolin; Ken Clarkson, banjo; Luke Abbott and Nancy Vail, fiddle) with caller Andy Wilson to lead the do-si-dos and more!

To encourage a friendly family atmosphere and encourage safe driving on Hwy 1, the potluck and barn dance are alcohol-free events. Please register using the "Sign Up" button at the top of this page and note that we can only accommodate groups of 10 or less. Our office is closed on Saturday and Sunday so the latest RSVP we can accept is the Friday before the barndance, by 3pm.


Location: 2080 Cabrillo Highway, Pescadero Map
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Sex, Drugs, and Screentime 2-Hour workshop
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Intensive 3-week Positive Discipline Parenting Class Series for Children of All Ages
Date: 09/15/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: $20.00 per person

Sex, Drugs, and Screentime 2-Hour workshop

What: This is a 2-hour workshop for parents of tweens and teens that helps parents to adapt to a changing world in which their children are hyper-exposed to media, which can be of an addictive, violent, and sexual nature.  Parents will learn how to talk with their kids about these things in respectful ways, establish and uphold limits with both kindness and firmness, and avoid common power struggles that get in the way of the parent-child connection required for modeling positive relationships. 

 

When: Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 10am-12pm

 

Where: Live Oak Community Resources,1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA  95062

 

Who: Steve Weiss, MSW, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, and Certified Positive Discipline in the Classroom Educator

 

Cost: $20 per person

 

Contact: Call 831-476-7284 x107 or email steve@pdcrcc.org for scholarships and other info

 


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Monterey Contra Dance
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Monterey Country Dance Community
Join us for a fun evening of dancing
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Special Instructions: Check website for verifying dates

Monterey Country Dance Community holds contra dances most first and third Saturdays (in December, our dances may vary due to the holiday season) at the YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula, at 600 Camino El Estero in Monterey, unless otherwise noted in our schedules and calendars.  Come alone or bring a friend - beginners are always welcome!  If you'd like to support MCDC, please consider becoming a Member (a minimum $25/year sponsorship helps us to continue these wonderful dances).

 

Schedule: 6:40pm Newcomers' Orientation

  • 7pm to 10pm Contra Dance

Admission Prices for regular dances:

  • $12 for nonmembers (of any sister organization)
  • $10 for members of MCDC or sister organization (including BACDS & CDSS)
  • $5 for full-time students and active military, with ID

Check out our Calendar for details and dates. 


Not sure what Contra Dance is?
See videos and learn more by checking out our About Contra Dance page. If you're feeling nervous about learning how to contra dance, we even have links to beginning dancers' training videos on YouTube - they are a wonderful help, though nothing replaces dancing as a way to learn.
Please be aware that some of our dancers are sensitive to fragrances - we respectfully request that everyone please be thoughtful and not use products with fragrance prior to a contra dance.  Thank you!


Location: YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula, 600 Camino El Estero, Monterey Map
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Community Poetry Circle
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Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(2:00 PM-4:00 PM)

Poetry gives rise to the full expression of self. Join the circle for this free monthly workshop on the 3rd Saturday of the month. All levels welcome. No preregistration required.


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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All Disabilities Parent Support Group
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SPIN
'All Disabilities' Parent Support Group
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm


'All Disabilities' Parent Support Group for any parent of a child with any type of disability
Meets the 3rd Saturday of the month from 10am-12pm at 820 Bay Ave. Capitola
Like our Facebook page and receive info. on up coming meetings.


For more info or to RSVP, please call and leave a message at 423-7713 or email Heidi Lister at hlister@spinsc.org


NOTE: Child care is NOT provided at these meetings.


Location: 820 Bay Ave, Capitola Map
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Homeschool Moms Stitch Night
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Heddi Craft
Monthly get together for homeschool moms offers great conversation and some time to nurture yourself
Date: The 16th of every month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm


(0 April 2018) HomeschoolSttchNight.jpgJoin other homeschool moms for a monthly stitch and chat get together. Bring your favorite handwork (it doesn't have to be stitching, any kind of creative task is great!) and a snack to share. We'll provide the coffee and tea! This monthly get together offers great conversation and some time to nurture yourself. Third Tuesday of every month from 7-9pm.

This free event is hosted by long time homeschooling mom Heddi Craft at Knit Sew Make, located in the former sanctuary area of the building at 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz.

 

Check to confirm for location and date.


Location: Knit Sew Make, 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz Map
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Paws in the Park
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Wolfpack 831
Jin us for a community dog walk along the San Lorenzo River
Date: 09/16/2018 at 10:00am


(0 A September 2018) PAWS.jpgIt's that time of year again! Join BirchBark Foundation, the Coastal Watershed Council, and WoofPack831 for a community dog walk along the San Lorenzo River.

At 10:00 AM, we will meet at the Gateway Plaza fitness area. The walk will loop across the pedestrian street bridge, down the east side of the Riverwalk, through San Lorenzo Park and back up the west side to the Plaza.

The first 20 walkers will receive a BirchBark Foundation portable pet food dish. Don't forget to start your WoofTrax when you walk! BirchBark will receive donations as our group of walkers grows.


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Ocean's Edge Food Truck & Artisan Fair
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Food Trucks A Go Go
Bring your appetites, friends, co-workers and family!
Date: The 3rd Tues of every month (May 15-Sep 18) from 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Ages: All

TACO TUESDAY SCHEDULE ROLLS OUTWITH FOOD TRUCKS AT TWO LOCATIONS
Food Trucks A Go Go is rolling out their Taco Tuesday schedule at two locations with rotating food trucks serving tacos, along with their unique, signature dishes.


Back at Anna Jean Cummings Park in Soquel,
for the third year, Taco Tuesdays will resume on May 22nd and continue on the fourth Tuesday of every month.


A new location has been added at the Felton Covered Bridge Park in Felton. These monthly dinners, starting on May 15th, will be held on the third Tuesday of every month and are co-sponsored by the San Lorenzo Valley Chamber of Commerce and Food Trucks A Go Go. The premiere Taco Tuesday will be a Chamber Mixer with a Beer & Wine Garden.


There is plenty of green grass and open space for people to spread out and for kids and dogs to run around. People are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.


Taco Tuesdays run from 5 - 7:30pm at both locations. Bring your appetites, friends, co-workers and family! Follow @foodtrucksagogo for more information.


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Make Your Own Applesauce
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Felton Certified Farmers Market
We'll be making applesauce, an old-fashioned classic of a recipe, that has endured because it's so simple, healthful, and delici
Date: 09/18/2018 at 3:30pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Open May through November

(0 A September 2018) MakeApplesauce.jpgClass begins at 3:30 pm
Apples are the star of the show. We'll be making applesauce, an old-fashioned classic of a recipe, that has endured because it's so simple, healthful, and delicious. A treat for young and old alike! We'll demonstrate the water bath canning method and use of a food mill, as well as ways to use the finished applesauce for dehydration and baking. Sauce your apple a day! Class is free.

 

The Felton Certified Farmers Market offers produce and fruit, fish, bread, wine, and an array of prepared foods, a community table and entertainment by local artists.

 

Felton Certified Farmers' Market provides a community marketplace offering fresh seasonal produce sold by those who grow it, a variety of nonagricultural products and  creates a lively, educational and informative meeting place for the entire San Lorenzo Valley. The market offers fresher food at prices normally lower than retail. We carry a wonderful variety of produce, plants, flowers, bread, deserts, fish, prepared foods and there's always fun to be had.


Location: St. John's Church parking lot, Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Genealogy Research Group
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Library La Selva Beach
Interested in genealogy? At a dead-end? Have a new source to share? Join us
Date: The 3rd Wed of every month from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Genealogy Research Group

 

This new group meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month to explore genealogy related research topics. Learn how to use the resources paid for by the library as well as other online sources to find all kinds of genealogical information. Laptops are provided, and you are welcome to bring your own as well.

 

Interested in genealogy? At a dead-end? Have a new source to share? Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for hands-on research using the library's databases and internet resources. We will have laptops available for your use.


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Trivia on Tap
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Library Central & Scotts Valley
Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize.
Date: The 3rd Th of every month from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Trivia on Tap
Join Santa Cruz Public Libraries as we host a bimonthly trivia night at Steel Bonnet Brewing Company in Scotts Valley. Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize. Event occurs 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month.

 

Note: Special Theme: Film and Television


Location: Steel Bonnet Brewing Company , 20 Victor Square, Scotts Valley Map
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Live Oak Book Group
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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
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Harvest, Hops and Hounds
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Coastal Dogs
Dinner, entertainment and your best 4-legged friend gets to come
Date: 09/22/2018 from 3:30pm to 7:30pm


(0 A September 2018) CDogDinner.jpgHARVEST, HOPS & HOUNDS - Benefit Farm to Table Dinner

The Best Things in Life...

  • Dogs & dog lovers

  • Sumptuous farm to table dining

  • Fine local wines & beer

  • Music & dancing

  • Fine Art

  • Fields of green

  • Play for you and your dog

  • AND proceeds benefit both the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter and Unchained.

  • Updates posted on Facebook!

An evening rich with entertainment, tickets are just $75

 

Evening Entertainment

  • Music played by Gary Blackburn and Friends. Dancing is always an option!

  • Raffle for Tahoe Cabin, Fine Wines, Designer Items, Training Packages and more.

  • Off leash Play for dogs in the adjacent grassy field

  • Dog Sports demonstrations in Rally Obedience, Treibball and Barn Hunt provided by Living with Dogs students.

  • Tour the butterfly gardens.

​Benefiting the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter & Unchained


Location: 8022 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Oktoberfest at St. Stephens
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St. Stephen's Lutheran Church
Oktoberfest, Santa Cruz style
Date: 09/22/2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: 2-6 Admission Fees: Free

Oktoberfest(0 A September 2018) oktoberfest-STStephens2018.jpg, hosted by St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church this Saturday, Sep. 22nd.

 

Come out between 12 pm – 4 pm to enjoy live music, great food and locally brewed craft beer from Discretion Brewing.


Location: 2500 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Live Oak 10k/5k & Family Fun Run
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Boys and Girls Club
Open to walkers and runners of all ages and fitness levels
Date: 09/22/2018 from 8:30am to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: $15 - $50

(0 A June 2018) BoysandGirlsClub_FamilyFunrun.jpgCo-hosted by Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County and Santa Cruz County Parks Department, the Live Oak 10k/5k & Family Fun Run will highlight the best of Live Oak! It is open to walkers and runners of all ages and fitness levels. Funds raised will support Boys & Girls Club and Santa Cruz County Parks athletic programs, activities, and facilities.

Schedule of Events

7:30AM Registration/Check-In Begins at Shoreline Middle School Parking Lot

8:30AM 5/10k Race Begins *

*5k runners will run from Shoreline Middle School to Pleasure Point and back ONCE

*10k runners will run from Shoreline Middle School to Pleasure Point and back TWICE

9:30AM Family Fun Run (3k) begins*

*Family Fun Run runners will turn around at 26th Ave (signs will be posted). Family Fun Run participates are not required to run the race, they may also walk. Strollers welcome!

10:00AM-1:00PM Fun, family activities on Shoreline Field and at Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County's Live Oak Clubhouse. Food, drinks, and games will be provided.

*After the race you will receive a goodie bag!

ARRIVAL
Please arrive at least a half hour before your race start time to check-in and receive your bib.

PARKING will be available at Simpkins Family Swim Center, Shoreline Middle School, Del Mar Elementary (MUST arrive before 8:00am- 17th Avenue will be closed between Felt Street and Portola Drive until the race is complete), Live Oak Elementary, and at East Cliff Shopping Center (Dollar Tree).
Your MUST sign waivers during registration online and bring an ID day of event.

Wear comfortable running clothes and prepare to start cold and get warm throughout the morning. Wear appropiate running shoes, hat, sunscreen, and running attire. There will be water and restrooms on the course.

COURSE INFO
The course begins at Shoreline Middle School, runs down 17th Avenue and then follows East Cliff Drive to Pleasure Point. At Pleasure Point, participates will turn around and run the same way they came back. 5k runners will run to Pleasure Point and back ONCE. 10k runners will run to Pleasure Point and back TWICE. Family Fun Run participates will go to 26th Avenue and then turn back.

Questions?
Contact Andrea Tolaio at andrea@boysandgirlsclub.info or 831-423-3138 ext. 23 or Race Director, Mary Chavez at mary.chavez@santacruzcounty.us or (831)454-7955


Location: Shoreline Middle, 877 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Monterey Jazz Festival
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Monterey Jazz Festival
Jazz Festival for jazz afficionados, 500 Artists on 8 Stages for 3 Nights and 2 Days!
Date: Every day (Sep 21-Sep 23)
Admission Fees: $45 and up

(0 A July 2019) MontereyJazzFestVertical2019.jpgThe Monterey Jazz Festival isn't just an event, it's a renowned historical experience. Following a rich history of jazz and originating with some of the great jazz legends from Louis Armstrong to John Coltrane, celebrate the particularly spectacular anniversary of the festival surrounded by jazz-fanatics.

 

2019 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra Includes Six Women! Each year since 2000, Monterey Jazz Festival selects a Showcase Artist to perform multiple times at the Festival, to display the various aspects of their artistry.

 

This program, in conjunction with the yearly Artist-in-Residence and Commission Artist, has become one of the supporting pillars of the modern Monterey Jazz Festival to bring musical excellence to both the Arena and Grounds Stages, and to give fans the opportunity to see an artist more than once during the weekend.


Location: Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2000 Fairgrounds Rd, Monterey Map
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Santa Cruz Mountain Sol Fest
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Mountain Solstice Festival
Music & Food & Kids Activities in the Mountains!
Date: Every day (Sep 22-Sep 23) from 11:00am to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: $63 - $115
Special Instructions: Youth tickets admit ages 11 to 17 years old when purchased in tandem with an adult ticket

(0 A July 2018) SolFestThumb2018.jpgSanta Cruz Mountain Sol Fest

Two-day music festival. Beer and wine garden, food and merchandise booths. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit their website at www.santacruzmountainsol.com and their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/scmsfest.

 

Will there be children's activities? Yes

 

Can I bring my child?Yes, children under 10 are free with paid adult. discounted youth tickets will be available for ages 11-17, purchased with an adult ticket.

 

Is on site parking available? Limited onsite parking is available for $10. Please carpool whenever possible. Overflow parking is available at Henry Cowell State park for $10.

 

Bring

  • Blankets and pillows
  • Regular-size/unframed backpacks
  • Empty Camelbak or other empty plastic container (i.e., Nalgene bottle)
  • Binoculars
  • Low back chairs
  • Personal cameras with a detachable lens 2 inches or shorter

Tickets


Youth tickets admit ages 11 to 17 years old when purchased in tandem with an adult ticket


Location: Roaring Camp Meadows, 5401 Graham Hill Rd, Felton Map
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Knitting @ the Library
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Learn to knit
Date: Every Mon from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 8 & up Admission Fees: Free

Learn to knit or bring your knitting and enjoy a friendly visit with other knitters. If you are new to knitting, please bring: needles (size 8 10" straight needles or a 24" circular needle) and one skein of worsted weight yarn in your favorite color. Ages 8-108


Location: 230-D Mount Hermon Road Kings Village Shopping Center, Scotts Valley Map
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Live Oak Knitters
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Knit, chat, learn, make new friends
Date: Every Mon from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Get together with other knitters to knit, chat, and make new friends. No registration required. The group meets every Monday from 11am- 1pm. Call 427-7711 for more information.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Tales to Tails Aptos
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Library Aptos
Date: Every Mon from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A October 2018) Library_LaSelva_TalestoTails.jpgHave 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: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Toddler Story Time
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Library Live Oak
Date: Every Mon from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: toddlers & parents Admission Fees: Free

Toddler Time @ Live Oak (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
Location: Live Oak Branch
Toddler Time is a weekly program for families with children ages 0-3 years old. Join us for early literacy practices involving music, movement, stories, rhymes and more for your child and you.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
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UCSC Farm Sustainability Tent/Zone
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UCSC Farm
Find out how to get involved in campus and community food systems work
Date: 09/25/2018 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm


Tuesday, September 25, 3-6 pm, OPERS Complex/East Field: OPERS Fall Fest
UCSC students, check out this amazing resource fair! The Food Systems Working Group and CASFS in conjunction with Student Sustainability Organizations and the Sustainability Office will be hosting the annual Sustainability Tent/Zone at the festival. Find out how to get involved in campus and community food systems work.


Location: 1156 High St. , Santa Cruz Map
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Exploring Big Basin
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State Park Big Basin
Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, history and more on these fun, varied hikes
Date: Every Tues at 9:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Exploring Big Basin

Tuesdays at 9:30am

Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, geology, history and more on these fun, varied hikes with docent Diane Shaw. Hikes are 5-8 miles and last up to 5 hours. Meet at park headquarters. Rain or shine, but strong winds may cancel. 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
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National Voter Registration Day
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SC County Elections Department
National Voter Registration Day
Date: 09/25/2018 from 10:00am to 7:00pm
Ages: 18+ Admission Fees: Free

SCPL has partnered with the SC County Elections Department again this year to promote and make voter registration cards available in print and online registration at all library branches. Since 2012, over 1.4 million people have registered to vote or update their registration as part of National Voter Registration Day, celebrated annually on the 4th Tuesday in September. National Voter Registration Day is endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) and the National Association of State Election Directors.


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Family Story Time
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Date: Every Wed from 11:00am to 12:00pm


Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries

Family Storytime @ Boulder Creek from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Stories and songs, art activities, games and play for families with children of all ages.


Location: Friends of the Santa Cruz Public, 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
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Play & Talk! Play Group
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Live Oak Family Resource Center
Date: Every Wed from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: Toddlers 18-30 months & Parents

Toddlers (18-30 months) & Parents Support Classes combine the elements of a playgroup, support group and a chance to learn more about your child's development.  Come meet other parents and children, observe and discuss child development and build confidence in your parenting skills.  Enjoy seeing your child interact with other children and explore an environment set-up with them in mind.  Classes are facilitated by experienced and friendly teachers.


Location: 1740 17th Av, Capitola Map
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One-on-One Tech Tutoring
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Library Aptos
A tech savvy librarian will provide instruction in the use of a wide range of technology services
Date: Every Wed from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

One-on-One Tech Tutoring


Trying to play with technology and getting frustrated? A tech savvy librarian will provide instruction in the use of a wide range of technology services: How to use free downloadable content available from your library in a number of formats (eBooks, eAudiobooks, and streaming video) Introduction to SCPL databases (i.e. Consumer Reports, Community Information, etc...) Creating an email account Downloading and attaching files Word processing direction and support.

 

Drop-in weekly appointments, 20 minute slots available. To best support learning, please bring the following items: devices (i.e., laptops, tablets, and/or smartphones), necessary passwords (Google Play, App Store), and library card!

 

First-come, First-served. FREE


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Salsa Dancing!
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Louden Nelson Community Center
Popular Salsa Crash Course Cuban-style for Beginners.
Date: Every Wed (Sep 19-Nov 7) from 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Ages: 16+ Admission Fees: FREE

Popular Salsa Crash Course Cuban-style for Beginners.

This is a 7-week series class: Wednesdays, Sept 19 to Nov 7, 2018.
From 7pm to 8:15pm. No class Oct 31.

No partner required. Age 16+. Limited space.

(0 A October 2018) Salsa22.jpgThis popular crash course offers everyone who wants to learn to dance Salsa a more relaxed but sizzling Cuban flavor.
Learn to dance partner dancing with easy and cool looking moves.
Towards the end of the seven week course we will also introduce Rueda de Casino.
Meet people, have fun and get a workout as your skilled teachers keep you moving in a friendly and non-intimidating atmosphere.

Class offered through the City of Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation.

Cost $70 (city residents)/$84 (non-city residents).
Age 16+. No partner is required. Maximum 18 people.
Need to pre-register at City of Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation.

Registration open August 6, 2018. Look out for catalog or go online.
Class number: 311 401
www.santacruzparksandrec.com/register
More registration information here:
http://salsagente.com/cuban-style-salsa-classes-location-fees/#register


Location: 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Cub Scout Pack 674 Recruitment Night
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Boys & Girls Club Cub Scout Pack 674
Cub Scout Pack 674 for Girls and Boys!
Date: 09/27/2018 from 6:30pm to 7:00pm
Ages: Kinder - 5th Admission Fees: Free

Pack 674 is focused on exciting outdoor adventures, safety, community service and character development. Pack 674 is excited to be welcoming girls and boys! Parent participation required - Cub Scouts is a whole family activity. Pack 674 has two meetings and one outdoor activity per month.


Location: Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz, 543 Center St, Santa Cruz Map
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Pet Portraits SPCA
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Santa Cruz SPCA
Paint your pet's portrait, sip and listen to music with friends while creating your personalized Pet Portrait!
Date: 09/27/2018 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm


(0 A September 2018) SPCA_PaintPet.jpgPaint your pet's portrait, sip and listen to music with friends while creating your personalized Pet Portrait! No experience necessary, your pet will be pre-sketched from your favorite photo onto your canvas ready for you to paint and proudly hang or give as a forever gift! Each ticket gives back to the SPCA!


Location: East Cliff Brewing Co, 21517 East Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz Map
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Preschool Story Time
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Date: Every Th from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-6 Admission Fees: free

Downtown Preschool Story Time (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
 
Join us at the Downtown Library for our weekly Preschool Story Time. We'll read books, sing songs and make a simple craft! Ages 3-6.
View similar upcoming events: Storytimes/Laptimes

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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English Country Dance
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English Country Dancing
It's really, really fun!
Date: The 4th Th of every month from 7:00pm to 9:30pm


Ten Reasons to Go English Country Dancing


(0 January 2018) CountryDance.jpg1   It’s Really, Really Fun.

2  It’s Easy: If you can count and skip and tell your right hand from your left, you can begin doing the easy dances immediately. This form of dance does not require fancy footwork or a high level of coordination. This is an excellent place to learn, even if you’ve never done any folk dancing. Beginners are very welcome.

3  It’s Social: The level of interaction that occurs between all the dancers in the set make this a very social dance form. Singles or partners are welcome. This is a very friendly community, and a great way to meet new people.

4  It’s Good Exercise: How many calories did you burn the last time you watched a TV show? Yeah, that’s what we thought. Although English country dancing is not as strenuous as a workout at the gym, it does a whole lot more for your health than a sitcom and a bag of potato chips. It’s a good, light exercise.

5  It’s Casual: We are not a performance troupe, so our goal is not to make the dances look perfect. Our goal is to have fun, and we can do that without requiring technical perfection. Come as you are, wear casual clothes, relax and enjoy it.

6  It’s Low-Tech: Tired of staring at a computer screen all day? So are we. Come dance with us! We won’t require you to look at a computer screen all night. We promise!

7  Indulge Your Inner Anglophile: Come on, you know you want to.

8  It’s Good Clean Fun: Although English country dance has been known to lead to Renaissance Faire addiction, apart from that, it’s totally harmless. (Actually, we love our local Renaissance Faire, especially the Newcastle Country Dancers.)

9 It Brings Together People of All Ages: This form of entertainment appeals to a wide range of ages, which helps bridge the gap between generations. Whether you’re a teen, a septuagenarian, or someone in between, there’s a place here for you.

10  Did We Mention That It’s Really, Really Fun?

 

Dance Schedule

Come dance with us! We usually meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, from 7:00—9:30 p.m., at Peace United Church (upper hall), 900 High Street, Santa Cruz, California. (We meet on only the second Thursday in November and December.)


Location: Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St, Santa Cruz 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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Folk Dancing!
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Cabrillo Folk Dancers
Check out these folk dancing events! Balkan, Israeli, International
Date: Every Tues and Fri from 7:30am to 11:00pm


(0 April 2018) FolkDancing.jpgTHE HELLADELICS at Live Oak Grange, Santa Cruz CA
Time: 8:00-11:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:30)
Cost: $15.00 (sliding scale) + tips for the band.
Bring: Snacks to share--finger food only, please.Dancing in Santa Cruz for 48+ years.


Join us on Friday evenings...
at: MARKET STREET SENIOR CENTER
222 MARKET STREET, SANTA CRUZ

 

Live music parties will usually happen at the Live Oak Grange in Santa Cruz--depending on availability of the facility and bands. Occasionally we will party at Park Hall in Ben Lomond or at our regular venue, Market Street Senior Center.

Questions? Send email to: cabrillofolk@sbcglobal.net
(Be patient--answers may take a few days... Thanks!)

 

LOCAL CLASSES:
FRIDAY: Cabrillo Folk Dancers--Balkan & International


TUESDAY: Alan Rothchild's Israeli Dance class


FRIDAY: BALKAN-INTERNATIONAL DANCE
Time: Friday, 7:30-10:00 p.m.
(Dancing starts about 7:45...)
EVERY Friday, except on (or near) national holidays. For the health and comfort of members with asthma and allergies, the class is "fragrance-free".
Any schedule changes will be announced on this web site, whenever possible.
Cost: $7.00
MARKET STREET SENIOR CENTER, 222 Market Street, Santa Cruz, CA

In a residential neighborhood, on the surrounding streets. Please be considerate of the neighbors, and don't block driveways.

New to folk dancing or haven't danced in 10-40 years?
Come at the beginning of class, when easier dances are taught.

LIVE MUSIC: Check the Calendar of Events page for the schedule of live music parties and other parties/events of interest.

Questions? Email: cabrillofolk@sbcglobal.net - (answers may take a couple of days...)


TUESDAY--Alan Rothchild's ISRAELI DANCE CLASS
This class has been taught by Alan Rothchild for over 25 years.
Every Tuesday evening, 7:30 - 10:00 p.m.
$7.00
Peace United Church of Christ (formerly First Congregational, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz

 

For more information email: rothdance@hotmail.com


Location: Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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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
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
Teacher Open House
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San Lorenzo Valley Museum
Learn all about our school programs
Date: 09/28/2018 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

(0 A September 2018) SLVMuseum_TeacherOpen.jpgJoin us at the Museum to learn all about our school programs in 2018 and 2019.

 

Come learn about the new trunks we have available for off-site programs and meet with the instructors for our on-site programs.


Location: Boulder Creek Library, 13390 W Park Ave, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8382 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Tannery World Dance Family Festival Days
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Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Tannery World Dance Family Festival Days
Date: Every Fri (Sep 22-Oct 6)
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: See specific days & times

This year the Tannery World Dance + Cultural Center celebrates the African Diaspora during the 2018 World Arts Festival on October 13th & 14th. Once again, we are lucky to have Festival artists join us at the library for free Family Festival Days workshops. All ages are invited to these free workshops.

Saturday, September 22nd / 11:30-12:30PM (Haitian Dance w/ Shawn Merriman Roberts)

Saturday, September 29th / 10:30-11:30AM (Congolese Dance w/ Vivien Boussamina)

Saturday, October 6th / 11:30-12:30PM (Senegalese Dance w/ Oumou Faye)


Location: Santa Cruz Downtown Public Libra, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Founders Day Special Events
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State Park Big Basin
Honor the Visionaries, Valued Workers and Visitors that shaped the character of Big Basin over the past 109years.
Date: 09/29/2018 from 9:00am to 8:00pm
Ages: Able to do 3.5 mile hike

Big Basin Founders' Day and Redwood Jubilee

Saturday September 29 from 9am to 8pm

Celebrate our wild heritage with a melodrama, historic hikes and games for kids as we honor the visionaries, valued workers and visitors that have shaped the character of Big Basin over the past 100+ years. Revel in the beauty of the majestic old growth redwoods that inspired the movement to Save the Trees!

 

Timeline Tree Self-Guided Walk: Changing Times among the Ageless Giants

9am to 5pm

Come walk along a downed 100-foot redwood tree and read about the stories of change in the forest where time appears to stop. The timeline describes events in words and pictures of Big Basin over the last century...and more. Some were grand occasions, others mundane details...together, the stops along this path tell a fascinating story of the oldest state park in California. The timeline is along the Redwood Loop Trail, across from Park Headquarters.

 

Redwood Loop Walk

11am and 2pm

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.

 

Big Basin Melodrama!

1pm

Celebrate Big Basin's history! Watch a strolling play into the past on this easy, family friendly redwood loop trail and meet colorful characters from Big Basin's past. Listen to the stories of a pioneering homesteader, an early conservationist, the first female ranger at Big Basin and more! This walk is a half-mile, 1.5-hour and is wheelchair and stroller friendly. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 

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

 

 


Location: Highway 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Through the Eyes of a Farmer
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Live Earth Farm
Learn about herbal medicinals, native plants and Pickling & Jarring
Date: The last Sa of every month (Jul 30-Sep 24) from 10:30am to 1:30pm
Ages: 10 and up Admission Fees: $75 per person

Through the Eyes of a Farmer

 

Through the eyes of a farmer is our Sunday Tour series throughout summer!

 

July 29th: Herbal Medicinals Workshop: Salve making, oil infusions, seed & herb gathering!

 

August 26th: Native Plant Workshop: Learn about native plants in our area, make medicine, cloth dyes, and go home with seeds to start a flowering native garden!

 

September 30th: Pickling & Jarring what summer bounty we have for fall...

 

(0 A July 2018) LiveEarthFarm_Jessica.jpgWhat I'll provide Agua Fresca & Infusions. We will make a seasonal beverage together during your visit. We will provide everything you need to complete and take home an example of the day's project.
farm fresh and seasonal

 

Please wear closed toe shoes. We recommend a hat, sunscreen and water bottle.You will be visiting a working organic family-farm overlooking the Pajaro Valley. We grow 50 different fruits and vegetables for a CSA and farmers markets in a patchwork of cultivated and wild spaces. We have pygmy milking goats, laying hens, a pregnant Jersey cow and ponies.

 

When do you want to go?

Sun, Jul 29, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM · $75 per personSun, Aug 26,10:30 AM - 1:30 PM · $75 per personSun, Sep 30,10:30 AM - 1:30 PM · $75 per person


Location: 1275 Green Valley Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831)728-2032 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
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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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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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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Drawing for Absolute Beginners
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Lenz Arts
That's right - sketching for absolute beginners!
Date: 09/29/2018 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm


(0 A September 2018) Sketch_Rose.jpgThe easy-going and encouraging Rob Court, local drawing coach from The Scribbles Institute, will be conducting a hands-on introductory drawing class for people who are scared of drawing. He'll cover how to hold a pencil, drawing from observation, and basic composition. This is a session for rank beginners!

 

Class space is limited so registration is required. The class is free but there is $5 deposit which will be refunded in the form of a store credit when you arrive for the class. ("No-show = no dough!") Students are required to have a 9×12 sketch pad and 2B, 4B and 8B drawing pencils. Students may buy a sketch pad at 30% off for the class!

 

----Demo Parking----
When gracing us with your presence at one of our Saturday events, unless you have a difficult time walking, please park in the lawyers' office lot across the street from Lenz Arts on N. Pacific Ave, or in the William Kelly Business Plaza lot diagonal across the intersection from Lenz Arts on River St. Both businesses are closed on the weekends and this frees up space in our lot for customers who are not attending the demo.

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Location: North Pacific, Santa Cruz Map
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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
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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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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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Family Arts & Crafts- Garfield Park
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Library Garfield
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: 3-6

Get crafty! A Do-It-Yourself craft will be ready and waiting for families, independent-minded kids and teens! Children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.


Location: 705 Woodrow Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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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 (Sep 1-Sep 29) at 11:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10 parking

Coast Nature Walks

Saturday, September 1 at 11am

Saturday, September 15 at 11am

Saturday, September 22 at 11am

Saturday, September 29 at 11am

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 available to borrow. Rain cancels. 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: Wilder Ranch , Santa Cruz 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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Oktoberfest at the Tyrolean Inn
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The Tyrolean Inn Restaurant
Celebrate Oktoberfest at The Tyrolean Inn Restaurant with Dancing, Children's Activities, Bavarian Cuisine, and of course, beer!
Date: Every day (Sep 29-Sep 30)
Admission Fees: $6 over age 12 covers the bands

(Site Photos) TyroleanDancinggirls.jpgOktoberfest at The Tyrolean Inn, September 29-30

Sat: 2-10pm, Sunday: 2-9pm

 

Tyrolean Man's "Rules"

 

* Come to Oktoberfest!
* Have fun!
* Do the Chicken Dance!
* Polka with your Sweetie!
* Dance with the Children!
* Hoist a stein of beer!
* Enjoy Bavarian cooking!
* Wear lederhosen, dirndls, jeans or swirly skirts!

 

Come and join us for a special Oktoberfest Menu and, of course, beer and Bavarian Pretzels. Contests include beer stein holding and a pretzel count. Admission is only six dollars with children under twelve free. Three bands will be providing traditional and contemporary Oktoberfest music. We also provide entertainment for the kids.


Location: 9600 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond Map
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The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch
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Great Glass Pumpkin Patch
Glass pumpkins and autumnal fruits and vegetables, glass-blowing demonstrations...
Date: Every day (Sep 29-Sep 30)
Ages: Children are welcome! Admission Fees: Free

The Annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch® 

Sale: September 29 & 30

 

Live Glassblowing Saturday and Sunday! Our participating artists will be wowing the crowds with live glassblowing demonstrations all weekend. You'll have a chance to see your favorite artists blow pumpkins right before your eyes. So come enjoy some hot molten glass every half hour between 11am and 4pm Saturday and Sunday. 


Largest Glass Pumpkin Patch in Northern California; Sale to Benefit Arts Nonprofits

 

(0 Sept 2017) Pumpkins_Glass.jpgThe Great Glass Pumpkin Patch at the Palo Alto Art Center will celebrate its 22nd consecutive year as the largest glass pumpkin patch of its kind in Northern California  with a huge selection of colorful pumpkins and gourds, glass-blowing demonstrations, and more.

During the free family-friendly autumn celebration, visitors are invited to wander through an outdoor installation of more than 10,000 unique glass pumpkins. The glass  will be available for purchase at the Palo Alto Art Center.

"This year's Great Glass Pumpkin Patch promises to be a great experience for longtime collectors and families," said Damon Gustafson, Executive Director of the Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI). "Our participating artists will be wowing the crowds with live glassblowing demonstrations all weekend. Members of the public will have a chance to see their favorite artists blow pumpkins right before their eyes.

This is the only sale of glass pumpkins that supports the presenting local arts and nonprofit organizations: the Bay Area Glass Institute; Palo Alto Art Center; and Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, as well as participating artists.


Location: Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto 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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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
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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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Hablamos Juntos/Together We Speak
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Pajaro Valley Arts Council
Experience how our artists give voice to and navigate: daily life, current events, social, political and cultural issues, commun
Date: Every Su, Wed, Th and Fri (Aug 8-Oct 7) from 11:00am to 4:00pm

Special Instructions: Reception August 12

Hablamos Juntos/Together We Speak
August 8 - October 7, 2018

 

 

Curated by Juan R. Fuentes and Michelle P. Mouton, Hablamos Juntos explores visual dialogs created by prominent California Latinx artists at the Pajaro Valley Arts gallery in Watsonville. In this extraordinarily rich exhibit, you will experience how our artists give voice to and navigate: daily life, current events, social, political and cultural issues, community, ethnicity, as well as personal narratives, myths, and history. Click here for a virtual tour. Visit our Facebook page for additional photos.

 

Artists:  Susana Arias,  Eduardo Carrillo,  Yreina D. Cervántez,  Pablo Cristi,   Amy Díaz-Infante,  Juan R. Fuentes,  Daniel Galvez,  Lorraine García-Nakata,  Carlos Jackson,   Carmen León,  Jose Lozano,  Dionicio Mendoza,  Amalia Mesa-Bains,  Viviana Paredes,  Pancho Rodriquez,   Michael Roman,  Ivan Rubio,  Manuel Santana,   Linda Vallejo,   Cruz Ortiz Zamarron

 

A collaboration between Pajaro Valley Arts, Museo Eduardo Carrillo, and the Young Writers Program, this project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

The Hablamos Juntos exhibit is also presented in partnership with the San Jose Museum of Art, New Terrains collaboration. Through New Terrains: Mobility and Migration, South Bay arts organizations band together to present a series of cross-disciplinary exhibitions, programs and experiences that explore how bodies move through spaces-social, political, literal, and figurative. Projects address timely topics such as transportation and urban planning, navigation and orientation, public protest, immigration and migration, and mobility in its many forms. For more information on New Terrains: https://sjmusart.org/new-terrains/connect


Location: 37 Sudden St, Watsonville 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
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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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30 Days of Doing
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4-H
Inspire Kids to Do. We believe in empowering kids with the skills they need to succeed. In 4-H, mentors inspire kids to be True
Date: Every day (Sep 1-Sep 30)


30 Days of Doing is a chance for kids across the nation to do with purpose through hands-on learning. Through activities in agriculture, STEM, community service, healthy living and more, 30 Days of Doing will help kids gain the skills they need to be successful in life-and have fun along the way.

 

Plus, starting September 1 you could win a $10,000 scholarship for your kid - and your state 4-H program could receive $10,000 to inspire kids in the community!

 

Submit a photo that shows how your child inspires themselves or others to do with purpose for themselves, their family, their community, their country or the world. Check back September 1 for more details!


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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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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
Google Science Fair
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Google Science Fair is an online science competition, open to students between the ages of 13 and 18 from around the world.
Date: Every day (Sep 13-Dec 12)


Google Science Fair is an online science competition, open to students between the ages of 13 and 18 from around the world.

 

You can sign up starting September 13th 2018 by visiting googlesciencefair.com and clicking on the Start your project button. If you're not sure where to start, you can get help by taking a look at our Student resources and checking out some out some of our previous winners.

 

 

This competition is open to full-time and home-schooled students around the world, between ages of 13 and 18 (these ages are slightly different in a few countries like Israel, South Korea and Europe). See the Official Rules for more details.


You can win amazing prizes.

 

Submissions close December 12th, 2018

Global finalists announced May 2019


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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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Ranch History Tours
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State Park Wilder Ranch
History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends
Date: Every Su and Sa at 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10 parking

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Ranch History Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

Monday, September 3 at 1pm

Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water-powered machine shop, barns and other historic buildings. 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: Wilder Ranch , Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.426-0505 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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