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Paws in the Park Series
Paws in the Park is organized to encourage people and pets to exercise at the Santa Cruz Riverwalk, a city park along the lower
The 3rd Su of every month (May 21-Sep 24) from 10:00am to 11:30am
Location: Riverwalk, Gateway Plaza by PetSmart, Santa Cruz Map

(0 May 2017) PAWSinthePark_DogsPeople.jpgJoin Coastal Watershed Council, Woofpack and BirchBark Foundation in the kickoff event of Paws in the Park dog walk series. In it's third year, the Paws in the Park is organized to encourage people and pets to exercise at the Santa Cruz Riverwalk, a city park along the lower San Lorenzo River in downtown Santa Cruz.

 

Walks will occur on the third Sunday of each month May through September. The meeting location is along the Riverwalk at Gateway Plaza by PetSmart on River St. in Santa Cruz. Walks begin at 10:00 a.m. with rules, directions and free training advice from Woofpack.

 

Participants will then walk a 1.5 mile loop around the Riverwalk at a leisurely pace. All dogs must be well behaved and on 6 foot leashes in compliance with park rules.

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Contra Dancing
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Santa Cruz Dance
Contra couples dancing for beginners and experienced dancers - Make dance magic happen on the dance floor!
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 7+ Admission Fees: $12
Special Instructions: Beginner's lesson at 5:40. Dancing 7:00-10:00

Everyone is welcome! Partners and dancing experience are not necessary. Each of the dozen or so dance forms during the evening are taught and prompted (except for the waltz and hambo).

 

Beginner's Workshop:  dancers are encouraged to attend the beginner's lesson at 5:40. Regular dancing begins at 6:00 (dances can get more complex as the night goes on).

 

Admission: Suggested admission donation is $12 regular, $8 for full-time students w/student ID card. Discounts for volunteers.

 

Wear: Comfortable, non-marking shoes to protect your feet and our floors - a separate pair of dance shoes works best. You'll be more comfortable in loose-fitting light-weight clothing.

 

Please note that many dancers are very sensitive to fragrances and body odor and that our dances are fragrance-free events.

 

This is an all-ages event.  Bring your joyful enthusiasm along with a sensibility toward care and consideration for your fellow dancers.

 

More information about upcoming dances in our area is online at the links below:

 

Contra dances in Santa Cruz County: http://santacruzdance.org/drupal/

English Country Dance in Santa Cruz County: http://www.englishcountrydancing.net/

Contra dances in Monterey: http://montereycdc.webs.com/


Location: Veteran's Memorial Building, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Adventure Sports Youth Scuba
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Adventure Sports Unlimited Adventure Travel
Love the water? Scuba for kids!
Date: Every Fri (Aug 4-Aug 25)


Aloha Swim Families,

Adventure Sports Youth Scuba  We live in one of the most prized ocean environments in the world, the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary. Adventure Sports Unlimited (ASU), through our acclaimed Swim School, has been teaching the children of Santa Cruz to play and succeed in the art of swimming.

 

Our SCUBA School is also renowned for its in preparing and introducing people to the magnificence of our water wilderness. We would like to introduce our budding aquanauts to a  unique space of the Monterey Bay.

 

Through a series of guided pool adventures for our children using SCUBA (PADI Bubble Maker and Seal Team programs) and surface air-supplied snorkeling for youth (SASY), using the unique ASU approach.

 

After which we invite all of our participating families to join us on summer outing to explore the splendor of a pool-like lagoon in the sanctuary.

 

June-July: June 16th, 23rd, 30th, July 7th

August: August 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
You can find more information and register for this program by clicking here or give us a call at 831-458-3648.


Location: 303 Potrero St #15, Santa Cruz Map
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"STEM" Summer Camps
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Learn to Discover
Summer Camps - virtual reality, robotics, LEGO building, digital art, programming and much more...
Date: Every Mon, Tues, Wed, Th and Fri (Jun 12-Aug 11)
Ages: 6-18
Special Instructions: Camps in Aptos, Santa Cruz & Watsonville

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


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Linoleum Block Print Art Show
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Melissa West's work explores the fine line between comfort and menace in our most common stories and shared experiences.
Date: Every Mon, Tues, Wed, Th and Fri (Aug 8-Sep 27)


(0 Aug 2017) SCCParks_BlockPrints.jpgMelissa West's linolium block prints will be on exhibition August 15 through mid-October at the Simpkins Family Swim Center/Parks Dept. offices, 979 17th Ave. in Live Oak.

 

Melissa West's work explores the fine line between comfort and menace in our most common stories and shared experiences. The place where they meet is sometimes fraught with tension, some-times filled with magic. West's prints depict the characters who populate myths, legends, and fairy tales, but transplanted into a modern or neutral setting. The tension thus created helps viewers see these familiar tales anew, and think about the ways they remain relevant to the modern world.

 

Many of the prints in this show were originally created as illustrations for the book "Witchcraft: A Handbook of Magic Spells and Potions", written by Anastasia Greywolf and published by Wellfleet Press, 2016.


Location: 979 17th Ave, Live Oak Map
Phone: (831) 454-7901 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Food Truck Friday at Skypark
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Food Trucks A Go Go
Enjoy a delicious beverage from the beer and wine garden and some of the best eats our local food trucks have to offer. Vintage
Date: 08/11/2017 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm


Celebrate Summer with your friends & family! What a great way to end the week and start the weekend with delicious food & cold beer!

Food Truck Friday at Skypark

Always a great way to end the week and kick off the weekend, Food Truck Friday returns to Skypark with lots of food trucks and lots of fun! 

 

Enjoy a delicious beverage from the beer and wine garden and some of the best eats our local food trucks have to offer, including Aunt Lali's, Ate3One, Holopono, Saucey'z, G's Mexican Tacos, and Lindsey's Palate Pleasures.

 

Vintage VW buses, The Bourbon Band

 


Location: Skye Park, 361 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Free Story Time and Craft Time
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Wonderland Toys & Classroom Resources
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month at 10:30am


Free Story Time and Craft Time 10:30am. Join us on the second Friday of each month for free story time and craft time. Great for toddlers and preschoolers. All are welcome! Wonderland Toys & Classroom Resources,


Location: 4101-B2 Soquel Dr., Soquel Map
Phone: 831-316-7261 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Old Fashioned Camp Fire
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State Park Mission
We'll gather around the campfire for dinner, songs, skits, and stories
Date: 08/11/2017 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm


Old Fashioned Campfire
Friday, August 11 from 5:30pm to 8pm
Bring your picnic dinner and lawn chairs. Make a fresh tortilla on the comal as we enjoy live music. Then we’ll gather around the campfire for songs, skits, and stories. What a great way to relax into summer with the best views of Santa Cruz!

 

Bring: Picnic dinner, lawn chairs or blankets tortilla toppings to share

5:30 -6:45 dinner tortilla making on the comal and live music by: Robby & Friends

6:45 - 8 pm we will gather around the campfire for songs, skits, and stories.


Location: 144 School Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-425-5849 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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State Park Big Basin
Date: Every Fri (Aug 4-Aug 18) at 10:30am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Connect with Nature Program
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State Park Big Basin
30-minute kids' program on what makes Big Basin special. Family friendly
Date: Every Fri (Aug 4-Aug 18) at 10:30am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Connect with Nature Program
Friday, August 4 at 10:30 am
Friday, August 11 at 10:30 am
Friday, August 18 at 10:30 am
Join a Big Basin Interpreter in our Visitor Center (next to Park Headquarters) for a 30-minute kids' program on what makes Big Basin special. Family friendly.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Guided Nature Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Enjoy the natural beauty of Big Basin while learning about our redwoods, animals, early park settlers and more
Date: Every Fri (Aug 4-Aug 18) at 11:30am
Ages: All Admission Fees: $15 for campers/$25 non-campers

Guided Nature Walk
Friday, August 4 at 11:30 am
Friday, August 11 at 11:30 am
Friday, August 18 at 11:30 am
Take a guided walk with one of our Park Interpreters! Enjoy the natural beauty of Big Basin while learning about our redwoods, animals, early park settlers and more. These walks are suitable for all ages and abilities and are generally less than 1 mile long. We occasionally offer longer hikes for those looking for more of a challenge. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.338.8018 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Young Eagles - Kids Fly Free
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Young Eagles
Kds fly free EAA airplane rides, on the first Saturday of every month between January and April and then again between September
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 8 yrs - 17 yrs Admission Fees: Free

(Special Event Images / Graphics) WatsonvilleAirport.jpgExperimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 119 flew over 400 children in 2009, and has safely flown over 4500 kids since starting to hold Young Eagle Rallies in 1992. The program consists of an explanation of how airplanes fly and a flight of approximately 20 minutes around the Watsonville - Santa Cruz area. After the flight, each child receives a certificate commemorating the experience. Parents / Guardians are required to sign a registration form. The program is open to kids 8-17.

 

The rallies are held at the Watsonville Aviation Education Center (WAEC), sign-up is between 10:00am and 12:30pm on the day of the rally at the airport, we do not have pre-registration. Flying is from 11:00am to 3:00pm, weather permitting. Participants should expect to spend 1-2 hours at the airport during the event.  See us on Facebook below and on Twitter status is provided by searching for #EAA119.

 

For more information, contact: Tom Hail  Young Eagles Coordinator, EAA Chapter 119, Watsonville
831-531-8440


Location: Watsonville Aviation Education C, 60 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
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Mission Living History Programs
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State Park Mission
Gain insight into Mission life through stories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities.
Date: Every Sa (Jun 3-Aug 19) from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza

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


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


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-1840. •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
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State Park Henry Cowell
Join us on a guided scavenger hunt along our trails.
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
Saturdays at 1 pm


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

 

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

 

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


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Kaiwa Open Studio and Play Time!
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Kaiwa Art & Play Space
Date: Every Fri and Sa from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: 3-12 Admission Fees: $15/hr
Special Instructions: Pre-registration required

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

 


Location: 185 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 316-0918 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Bug Fair
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San Francisco Zoo
Come learn about bugs and why they are crucial components of our ecosystems at San Francisco Zoo's Bug Fair
Date: 08/12/2017 from 10:00am to 3:00pm


Bug Fair
Cockroaches and spiders and bees, oh my! Did you know that bugs make up over 80% of the animals on Earth? Come learn about bugs and why they are crucial components of our ecosystems at San Francisco Zoo's Bug Fair on August 12 from 10 am - 3 pm.  All activities are free with paid Zoo admission and will take place in front of the Insect Zoo.  

 

Participants:

  • Don Bugito
  • Chapul
  • San Francisco Forktail Damselfly Project
  • San Mateo County Mosquito Abatement 
  • Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly Project
  • Insect Sciences Museum of CA
  • Backyard Biodiversity Project
  • San Francisco Microscopical Society
  • Xerces Society
  • Bay Area Carnivorous Plant Society
  • ZomBee Project
  • Pollinator Partnership
  • Love a Bee

Location: 1 Zoo Way, San Francisco Map
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Historical Aircraft Display
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Everyone is welcome to show and admire these historical aircraft
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 Dec 2016) WatsAirport_SecondSatHistorical.jpgWatsonville Municipal Airport hosts a Historical Aircraft Display every second Saturday from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.  

 

Admission is free and everyone is welcome to show and admire these historical aircraft.

 

The pilots displaying their aircraft can top off at our self service island at the lowest fuel prices from 0800 Saturday morning until 0800 Sunday morning!

 

 For additional information call 768-3575

 


Location: Watsonville Aviation Education C, 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-768-3575 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Candle Dipping
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State Park Mission
Hand-dip a wax candle!
Date: 08/12/2017 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Admission Fees: free

Drop In Family Craft - Candle Dipping at the Santa Cruz Mission


Enjoy an informal afternoon at this hidden jewel near downtown Santa Cruz. You can hand-dip a wax candle in our garden courtyard. The event is FREE.  Rain Cancels. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School St. off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz. Please call (831) 425-5849 for more information. 


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Cabrillo Music Festival
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Cabrillo Music Festival
The HERE and NOW of contemporary music for a world-class orchestra!
Date: Every day (Jul 30-Aug 12)


The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, even at a seasoned 55 years old, is all about the new-the here and now of contemporary works for orchestra. To quote Financial Times music critic Allan Ulrich, "...in the surf mecca of Santa Cruz, 75 miles south of San Francisco, the Cabrillo Festival has made the contemporary repertoire sound urgent, indispensable and even sexy."

 

2017 Season Details

 

During the first two weeks of August each year, audiences are joined by both preeminent and emerging composers, an orchestra of dedicated professional musicians, and renowned guest artists from across the globe to give voice to works which are rarely more than a year or two old, and sometimes still wet on the page. The opportunity for composers to work with musicians skilled and enthusiastic about bringing these new works to life, in the beautiful coastal, college-town of Santa Cruz, California, makes this an artistic paradise. With a professional training workshop for early career conductors and composers, open rehearsals almost daily, educational programming for all ages, the Church Street Fair showcasing Santa Cruz County performers and artists, and much more, the Cabrillo Festival has dozens of opportunities for meaningful engagement.

 

March 13 - 2017 Season Announcement
Early May - Order tickets by mail (get the best seats in the house: join our mailing list!)
May 31 - Priority Seating Deadline
June 13 - Order tickets online, by phone and in person at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
July 29 - Donors Concert (for donors $250 and above -
July 30 - First Open Rehearsal
July 30-August 6 - Cabrillo Festival Week One (concerts, open rehearsals, talks)
August 4 - Opening Night
August 5-6 - Church Street Fair (local music, dance, art, food, wine and family activities)
August 6 - Free Family Concert (with a Tour of the Orchestra!)
August 7-12 - Cabrillo Festival Week Two (concerts, open rehearsals, talks)


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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
Phone: 831-728-5898 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
The Road Less Traveled—A Dog-Friendly Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Dog-friendly walk on North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic
Date: Every Fri and Sa (Aug 6-Aug 27)

Special Instructions: See details for dates/times

The Road Less Traveled-A Dog-Friendly Walk
Sunday, August 6 at 9:30 am
Saturday, August 12 at 10:30 am
Sunday, August 27 at 9:30 am
On this dog-friendly walk, we travel North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic. We tour stunning old-growth redwood groves along beautiful Opal Creek. We'll discuss redwood ecology and park history while exploring the deep shade of the redwood forest. This is a fun, easy, 3-mile, 2-hour walk with a Docent. Dogs not required, but welcome! Bring water and meet at Park Headquarters. (Wheelchair and stroller friendly too!)

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Summer Concert Series
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State Park New Brighton
Campfire concerts. Bring your blankets and beach chairs!
Date: Every Sa (Jul 1-Aug 27) from 7:30pm to 8:30pm


Summer Concert Series

Saturday Nights at 7:30pm

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

 

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Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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Give Back Bash
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Santa Cruz Socialites
Enjoy live entertainment, henna tattoos, photo booth and activities for kids.
Date: 08/12/2017 from 3:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: $10

Give Back Bash

GET YOUR TICKET!

This is a community event for the whole family! Bring them all...

Thank you to our SPONSORS: Alayna Nathe Real Beauty, Real Change; Bunny's Home and Garden; American Hat Makers

 

Henna Tattoos with Rica Smith of Sacred Mud Henna Blessings
Photo Booth (A trip to Paris Theme) provided by Cosmo Chic SC

 

 

3-5 Art activates for the kiddos with Linda of Watershed Art Studio

3-4 Ariel Arts with Jeanette Bent of Stellaria Entertainment & Production
4-5 DJ Shae with Line Dancing and hula hoop fun with Hoopla & Hulabaloo
5-6 Marimba performance with Singing Wood Marimba
6-7pm Beat Street 80's Band
7pm Samba Dancers
7-9pm DJ Batwing


Location: Tannery Art Center, 1010 River Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 440-8259 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Life on the Ranch: Family Living History Day
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: 08/12/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
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: Family Living History Day
Saturday August 12, 11 am to 3 pm
Saturday September 16, 11 am to 3 pm
Saturday November 11, 11 am to 3 pm
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 vary each month and may include: butter churning, ice cream making, branding, cooking, roping skills, wagon rides, 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.


Location: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
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Adoption Fair
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Pet Pals
Date: Every Sa from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


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

  PET PALS
  3660 Soquel Drive
​  Soquel, CA


Location: 3660 Soquel Drive, Soquel Map
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Guided Walks
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State Park Butano
Join Naturalist Interpreter Eleanor for a 2-hour stroll
Date: Every Sa (Aug 5-Sep 2) from 1:00pm to 3:00pm


Guided Walks

Saturdays at 1 pm
Join Naturalist Interpreter Eleanor for a 2-hour stroll along the .... Meet at .... Bring water, snacks, and binoculars. All ages welcome. No pets.


Location: 1500 Cloverdale Rd, Pescadero Map
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Photography Tour
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State Park Henry Cowell
Sunlight filtering through the redwoods, a glistening river, and breathtaking views make this hike ideal for photography
Date: 08/12/2017 at 3:00pm
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

Photography Tour

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

 

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

 

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


 

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Campfire & Music
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State Park New Brighton
Campfire & Music Saturdays through Labor Day
Date: Every Fri and Sa (Jul 1-Sep 3) at 7:30pm


New Brighton State Beach

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

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

 

Campfire Programs

Friday nights at 7:30pm

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

 

Summer Concert Series

Saturday Nights at 7:30pm

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

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


Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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Campfire Programs
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State Park Henry Cowell
Sing songs, play games, hear stories and learn all about our unique and beautiful park
Date: Every Th, Fri and Sa (Jun 30-Sep 3) at 8:00pm

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

Campfire Programs

Join us in our campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about redwood ecology, creatures of the forest or stories of the park while relaxing in the shadows of the towering trees. Wheelchair, stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome! Campground entrance is located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

 


Location: 101 Big Trees Park Rd, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Redwood Grove Loop Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: Every Su and Sa
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See details for dates/times

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

 

Redwood Grove Loop Walk
Every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 2 pm
AND Monday, September 4, Labor Day at 11 am and 2 pm
AND Friday, September 8 at 11 am and 2 pm
AND Friday, September 22 at 11 am and 2 pm
AND Thursday, September 28 at 11 am and 2 pm


 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Sunday Art & Music at the Beach
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Capitola Village
Music and art
Date: Every Su (Jun 25-Aug 20) from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. June 25; July 2, 16 & 30; August 6 & 20

Sunday Art & Music at the Beach 2017

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

June 25

Ron Kaplan (Jazz) 

July 2

Simple Creation (Reggae, Roots & Dub) 

July 16

Singing Wood Marimba (World Music) 

July 30

Samba Cruz (Brazilian) 

August 6

Speak Easy 3 (Swing) 

August 20

Kuzunga (World Music) 

 


Location: Esplanade Park, Capitola Village Map
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Evening Campfire Programs
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State Park Butano
Marshmallow roasting, songs, trivia, and a slideshow
Date: Every Su (Aug 5-Sep 2) at 7:30pm


Evening Campfire Programs, Saturdays at 7:30 pm

Join your campground neighboors around the campfire for an hour of activities about the natural and cultural history of the park. We will have marshmallow roasting, songs, trivia, and a slideshow. Meet at the Campfire Center. Well behaved dogs on 6 foot leash are welcome.

 


Location: 1500 Cloverdale Rd, Pescadero Map
Phone: (650) 879-2040 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Garden Railroad Open
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Fern Creek and Western Garden Railroad
Our little railroad will have lots of trains running and we will be featuring the start of our new logging branch line
Date: 08/13/2017 from 11:00am to 4:00pm


(0 Aug 2017) FernCreekandWesternRR-August2017.jpgThe Fern Creek and Western Garden Railroad is open to the public for a running session. All are welcome to come and watch trains run around the garden. Our little railroad will have lots of trains running and we will be featuring the start of our new logging branch line (still under construction). The many scenic points and constant flow of trains on the FC&W is sure amaze people old to young. We hope to see you there!


You can join the event through the Fern Creek and Western Garden Railroad Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/359214540921968/

Tell your friends and family to join in the fun and we hope to see you there!


Location: 419 Ocean View Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831)-435-9042 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Nature Wanders
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Come and see what's in bloom
Date: 08/13/2017 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 10am and 1pm

Nature Wander
Sunday, August 13 at 1pm
Find out what is 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.

 

Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center: Located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway One, Davenport, California 95017. Open Weekends Noon to 4 pm and Labor Day. Call (831)427-2288 for more information or to schedule a group.

 

 


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
Phone: (831) 427-2288 •website Davenport create a direct event link
Sunday Seaside Crafts
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join us with your small fry every Sunday for hands-on fun!
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Kids and up Admission Fees: General admission fees apply.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Sponsored by: Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
A moveable feast of fresh, locally grown produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats and poultry, baked goods, music and good comp
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed and Sa
Ages: All

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Location: 2801 Mission St, Santa Cruz Map
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Guided Redwood Grove Walks
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure - ask any questions you may have
Date: Every Su and Sa at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10
Special Instructions: Saturdays at 11 am & 2 pm

Guided Redwood Grove Walks

Saturdays at 11 am & 2 pm

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

 


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

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


Location: Highway 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
August Potluck Picnic
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Weston Price Health and Freedom Santa Cruz County
ALL are invited to our monthly potluck 4 pm to 7 pm SUNDAY August 13.
Date: 08/13/2017 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm


ALL are invited to our monthly potluck 4 pm to 7 pm SUNDAY August 13.

We will be at Anna Jean Cummings (Blue Ball) Park in Soquel

You are encouraged to bring a dish made with real food, raw or cooked:

Organic vegetables
Organic fruits
Grassfed organic beef, lamb, bison, etc
Organic pastured pork, poultry, eggs
Grassfed organic dairy

Organic grains, properly prepared (soaked, sprouted, sourdough)
Organic legumes, soaked before cooking

Include good fats in your dish where appropriate:
Grassfed butter
Extra virgin olive oil
Lard from organic pastured pigs
Tallow from organic grassfed animals
Organic coconut oil

No GMOs, vegetable oils.

Please list ALL ingredients in your dish so others know exactly what they are consuming.

Please bring your own table setting.

Questions? Contact Jean at 831-761-3765(home) or jalysonh@yahoo.


Location: Ann Jean Cummings (Blue Ball) Pa, 461 Old San Jose Rd, Soquel Map
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Open Bluegrass Jam
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Crepe Place
Summertime brings warmer weather and a more relaxed pace, perfect for sitting outside on the porch and playing/listening to musi
Date: Every Su (Jun 25-Sep 24) from 5:00pm to 8:00pm


Open Bluegrass Jam

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

 


Location: 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-6994 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Littlle Rangers & Junior Rangers
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State Park Butano
Slow paced walk with time to discover and identify plants, flowers and animals
Date: Every Su (Jul 1-Sep 3)


Little Rangers

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

Junior Rangers

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

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


Location: 1500 Cloverdale Rd, Pescadero Map
Phone: (650) 879-2040 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Berry Creek Falls Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Join us for a moderate to strenuous 11 mile loop hike to the 65 foot falls
Date: 08/13/2017 at 9:30am


Berry Creek Falls Hike
Sunday, August 13 at 9:30 am
Travel deep into the heart of Big Basin as you experience a wide range of habitats on this moderate to strenuous 12-mile-loop hike. Wind through shady redwood canyons and climb dry ridges as you hike to the jewel of Big Basin—65-foot Berry Creek Falls. Bring lots of water, lunch and wear layers. Docent Bill Rhoades will guide you on this seven-hour hike. Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Young Writers Contest
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Bookshop Santa Cruz
Enter the young writers contest
Date: Every day (Jun 1-Oct 1)


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


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

Download an Entry Form

 

Submit an Entry Online

 


Location: 1540 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-423-0900 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Popup Picnics
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State Park Mission
Delish!!! Join us at the park for catered picnics & good company
Date: Every day (Jun 15-Aug 17) from 11:30am to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Items to eat $2 - $10

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

 

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

 

Future PopUp Picnics in the Park food vendors will include:

Aug 10                  Jolie Mole - tamales

Aug 17                  Taquitos Gabriel  -tacos, burritos, quesadillos

 

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

 

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

 

Sponsored by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks


Location: 144 School Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-425-5849 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Shakespeare Summer
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Santa CruzShakespeare
The 39 Steps, Measure for Measure, The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Jul 5-Sep 23)
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: vary

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

 

Show Dates  ~   Tickets   Get Directions

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Location: DeLaveaga Park, 501 Upper Park Rd, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 460-6399 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Amazing Cardboard
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Exploratorium
An ongoing exploration of science, art and human perception—a vast collection of online experiences that feed your curiosity.
Date: Every day (Jun 17-Sep 4) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Pier 15, which is on the Embarcadero at Green Street

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

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

 

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

 


Location: Pier 15, San Francisco Map
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Blast from the Past
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SLV Museum
Learn about the great explosion of 1898!
Date: Every day (Feb 18-Oct 8)
Admission Fees: free, donations appreciated
Special Instructions: Opening Reception: February 25, 2017 2-4pm

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 


Location: 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8382 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Take the Dogs Out!
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SPCA
Hang out with adoptable dogs
Date: Every day from 9:00am to 3:00pm


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

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

#VolunteersRock #HangWithDogs #PlayWithCats #WorkThatMatters #BeachBounding #ParkParading #AdoptMe #Volunteer #Orientation #SCSPCA #SantaCruzSPCA


Location: 2685 Chanticleer Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Calendar Contest
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Elkhorn Slough
Elkhorn Slough Calendar Photography Contest
Date: Every day (Apr 22-Nov 18)
Admission Fees: (Fee event: ESF Non-member $40/Member $35)

Elkhorn Slough Calendar Photography Contest

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Location: Porter Ranch, 1700 Elkhorn Rd, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 728-2822 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
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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2017 Open Houses Castro Adobe
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State Park Castro Adobe
Join us for this easy guided walk to hear the stories of the Pájaro Valley’s past.
Date: Every day (Mar 18-Dec 30) from 11:00am to 3:00pm

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

2017 Open House days at Castro Adobe

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

 

The open houses will be 11am to 3pm

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

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

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

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


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-335-6318 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Beer Festival
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California Beer Festival
Craft beers Fri & Sat -for parents of course! Sunday offers family fun with entertainment!
Date: Every day (Aug 11-Aug 13) from 12:30pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: $10 – $99

CALIFORNIA BEER FESTIVAL

Join the California Beer Festival as we shine a light on the craft beer movement and celebrate great beer with 85 craft breweries to choose from! On Friday, start your weekend off at CBF's Food and Beer Pairing Competition. If you are looking for an opportunity to reward your taste buds with an abundance of flavor and delights, then this is the event for you! Saturday is Craft Beer Heaven! Craft beers on tap, mouth watering food, and entertainment by DJ Cue. Revisit the park on Sunday for Sunday Funday! Beer Available for purchase (12 ounce).

 

Bring the family, blankets, and chairs for Sunday Funday in the Park. This event will feature great food, Craft Beer and an amazing live entertainment lineup and a kid zone! Space is very limited. Kids 12 and under are Free. Take the Free Shuttle to the park! There will not be parking at the park on Saturday or Sunday. A free shuttle will be provided at Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos, CA 95003. Shuttle times are from 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM sharp!

 

Aptos Village Park
100 Aptos Creek Road
Aptos, CA 95003
805.628.9588


There is NO beer sampling on Sunday, beer and food will be available for purchase.


BUY TICKETS


Location: Aptos Village Park, 100 Aptos Creek Road, Aptos Map
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Auditions: Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony
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Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony
Youth Symphony Auditions on August 20
Date: Every day (Jul 27-Aug 20)
Ages: Up to age 20 Admission Fees: Auditions are free

(0 July 2017) SantaCruzCountyYouthSymphony.jpgCalling all young musicians! Take your playing and enjoyment to the next level.

 

Musicians up to age 20 are invited to audition for the Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony. Led by inspiring conductor Nathaniel Berman, the Youth Symphony performs three public concerts during the school year.

 

Auditions are August 20, 2017. Weekly rehearsals begin in September at Kirby School.

 

The Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony is dedicated to making it possible for all young musicians to participate in our program. Tuition assistance is available.

 

Learn more and sign up to audition at sccys.org.


Location: UC Santa Cruz, Music Center, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 239-0442 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Free First Friday
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Enjoy our intertidal touch pool, large-screen microscope, and geology exhibit and "dig pit".
Date: Every day from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: FREE

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


Location: East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
FREE Daily Entertainment
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Beach Boardwalk
FREE Daily Entertainment June 20 - August 14, Noon - 6pm
Date: Every day (Jun 19-Aug 18) from 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: FREE shows noon - 6pm

FREE Daily Entertainment

 

Boardwalk

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

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

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

The Entertainers

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

Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-423-2053 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Art in the Arboretum
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
Highlights of this exhibition include gigantic woven nests, ceramic fields of wild mustard, concrete Eucalyptus seedpods with en
Date: Every day (May 20-Nov 17)
Admission Fees: $5 for Adults and $2 for Children (6 to 17 years old), and free under 6
Special Instructions: open from 9:00 to 5:00, except July 4, Thanksgiving Day, December 25-26 & 30-31, and January 1-6.

Opening for next Art in the Arboretum Exhibit: 
Environmental Installations.
Saturday, May 20, 3-6pm
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Environmental Installations


wolf sculpture

Art in the Arboretum: Environmental Installations

May 20 to November 17, 2017
Opening reception May 20 from 3 to 6 pm
Free Event for Members; Free with Admission Fee to Public; Free Parking

Highlights of this exhibition include gigantic woven nests, ceramic fields of wild mustard, concrete Eucalyptus seedpods with enormous steel leaves, a series of walk-through concentric circles inspired by the Protea flower, and more. Read more on the exhibit.

 

For more information  contact:
Jennifer Macotto, Arboretum Director of Development  831.502.2303 / jmaccotto@ucsc.edu
Susana Arias, Curator 831.566.6607 / susanaariasarts@gmail.com

 

  • The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden is open from 9:00 to 5:00, except July 4, Thanksgiving Day, December 25-26 & 30-31, and January 1-6. 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

Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Animal Advocates Afterschool Club
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Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
Club offers opportunities for young animal lovers
Date: Every day

Special Instructions: Starts up in October

Animal Advocates Afterschool Club

Youth Service Clubs at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter


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

 

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


Kids Animal Advocates (1st - 5th graders)

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

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

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

Click here for further information and to register!



Youth Animal Advocates (5th - 9th graders)

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

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

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

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


Location: 2200 7th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Hikes at Castle Rock
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State Park Castle Rock
Discover expansive views, marvelous rock formations and great rock climbing opportunities
Date: Every day (May 27-Sep 3)

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

EASY HIKES
Castle Rock Loop
 
Trailhead: main parking lot; 1 mile loop; elevation gain 300 feet    
Ascend through Douglas-fir, madrone, and tanoak to see the park’s imposing namesake peak—a good spot for bouldering and roped climbs. The surrounding smaller rocks are a great playground for children. 
   
Castle Rock Falls
Trailhead: main parking lot; 1.3 miles roundtrip, elevation gain 320 feet.   
Meander downhill to 75-foot Castle Rock Falls, which gushes after rains, but may be a trickle during drought. Either way, the views to the west are spectacular. 
   
MODERATE HIKES 
Ridge/Trail Camp Loop 
Trailhead: main parking lot, 5.15 miles, elevation gain 1,190 feet
Hike through the forest and past Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock. Enjoy views of the San Lorenzo River Valley and glimpses of Monterey Bay. Learn about history, wildlife, and habitats at the Interpretive Shelter. Castle Rock Trail Camp has picnic tables, pit toilets, water and a rain shelter.  
  
Skyline/Loghry Woods/Saratoga Gap Loop
Trailhead: main parking lot; 6.1 miles roundtrip; elevation gain 750 feet 
Head through the forest past Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock. Enjoy views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the San Lorenzo River with glimpses across to Monterey Bay if there’s no fog. Castle Rock Trail Camp has picnic tables, pit toilets, water, and a rain shelter. 
  
STRENUOUS HIKES  
Middle of the Park from the Gap Loop
Trailhead: Saratoga Gap; 9 miles roundtrip, elevation gain 1,530 feet. 
This challenging hike or run through the forest takes you past mountain and valley views with some glimpses of Monterey Bay on a clear day. Castle Rock Trail Camp has picnic tables, pit toilets, water and a rain shelter. Begin at Saratoga Gap and either go down Saratoga Toll Road Trail or across Skyline Trail (Bay Area Ridge Trail). Close the loop on the Loghry Woods and Travertine Springs trails.
   
Gap to Gap Loop
Trailhead: Saratoga Gap or Waterman Gap; 16.4 miles roundtrip, elevation gain 1,860 feet
A good workout for strong trail runners and hikers. You can also backpack and stay overnight at the Waterman Gap Trail Camp (reservations required). Trails are mostly wooded, with occasional views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. 
   
Skyline to the Sea Trailhead: dropoff at Saratoga Gap or park at main parking lot, pickup at Waddell Beach, 25.2–28.2 miles; elevation from 1,660–2,130 feet. 
One of the region’s most rewarding backpack options. Start on the spine of the Santa Cruz Mountains and descend to the ocean in Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Camp at trail camps along the way. Two to four days of backpacking or four to eight hours of trail running.


Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
Phone: (408) 867-2952 •website Los Gatos create a direct event link
San Francisco Botanical Gardens
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San Francisco Botanical Garden
Escape to a unique 55-acre urban oasis of extraordinary beauty at San Francisco Botanical Garden, showcasing over 8,000 differen
Date: Every day

Special Instructions: 2nd Tuesday is FREE DAY

Second Tuesday of every month is free!

 

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

 

Free Admission Day Every second Tuesday of the month

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

 

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

Free Tours Daily; 1:30pm at Main Gate

 

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

Navigating t! he Garden

 

Free Admission Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden

 

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

Last entry: Fall & Winter

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

From a reviewer: 9/12/2016

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


Location: Golden Gate Park, 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco Map
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Musical Saw Festival
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Roaring Camp Railroads
Listen to the world's greatest saw players ...and learn how to play a saw!
Date: Every day (Aug 12-Aug 13)
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free Admission - Parking at Roaring Camp is $10

Musical Saw Festival

8/12 2:00 Scribner Statue  &  6:30 Roaring Camp

8/13 Roaring Camp 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Not just any festival of saws, but a celebration of musical saws and a family event you won't want to miss. This fun event includes a musical saw contest and a workshop to teach you how to play a musical saw.

 

 

Festival Information 2017, 40th Annual

SATURDAY - AUGUST 12th, 2017 - 2:00pm at the SCRIBNER STATUE, 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA - Jam

SATURDAY - AUGUST 12th, 2017 - 6:30pm at ROARING CAMP in Felton, CA - Potluck & Jam

SUNDAY - AUGUST 13th, 2017 - 10:00am to 5:00pm at ROARING CAMP in Felton, CA - Festival/Contest www.roaringcamp.com

CONTEST:   SUNDAY - AUGUST 13th, 11:00am

WORKSHOP:   SUNDAY - AUGUST 13th, 4:00pm to 4:30pm

The Saw Festival is free and takes place at Roaring Camp in Felton, California. The first festival was in 1978.

We have had participants in this festival from all over the United States, and from Canada, China, Japan, Czechoslovakia, England, France, New Zealand, and Australia.

 

There will be a gathering of sawplayers at 3pm on Saturday near Tom Scribner's statue at the Pacific Mall, near 1520 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz.

 

On Saturday evening until 10pm there will be a jam in the Roaring Camp Parking lot (free overnight parking for self-contained RV's)


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Felton Map
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Junior Rangers & Little Rangers
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State Park Henry Cowell
Fun in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park with a Park Naturalist
Date: Every Su, Mon, Th, Fri and Sa (Jul 3-Sep 3) from 11:00am to 12:15pm
Ages: 7-12
Special Instructions: Jr 7-12 & Little 3-6 ~ Note different times

Junior Rangers
Thursdays through Mondays in July at 10:30am
Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore, practice outdoor skills and play games as you learn about plants, animals, geology, and more. This one-hour program is for kids ages 7-12. Sorry parents, this program is for kids only! Please be sure your child is dressed for active play in the outdoors. Meet at Campfire Center, in the campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

 

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

 


Location: Campfire Center, 2591 Graham Hill Road, Scotts Valley Map
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87th Annual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition
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Santa Cruz Art League
California's foothills, mountains, seashores, and deserts of the interior and coastal regions by California artists
Date: Every day (Aug 11-Sep 10)


87th Annual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition

For almost nine decades, the Santa Cruz Art League's Statewide Landscape Exhibition has showcased the work of artists across the Golden State who depict California's foothills, mountains, seashores, and deserts of the interior and coastal regions.

 

  • Exhibition: August 11, Friday, to September 10, Sunday - 2017
  • Reception: August 19, Saturday   3:00pm - 5:00pm

Above artwork "Bellagio" by juror Frank Galuska


Location: Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
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Beauty and the Beast
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Cabrillo Theater
A heartwarming performance of a classic!
Date: Every Su, Th, Fri and Sa (Jul 21-Aug 13)
Admission Fees: $18 to $45

Disney's Beauty & The Beast

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

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

 

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

Tickets


Location: Cabrillo Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 479-6154 •website Aptos create a direct event link
“My Mother Thinks I’m a Great Artist”
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Pajaro Valley Arts Council
Each artist is presenting their childhood artwork, reflecting on their own past and process, and how it relates to their contemp
Date: Every Su, Wed, Th and Fri (Aug 9-Sep 24) from 11:00am to 4:00pm

Special Instructions: Aug. 9 - Sept. 24 Reception: Aug. 13 2-4pm

(0 Aug 2017) MyMotherThinks.jpgPajaro Valley Arts Council exhibit opens Aug. 13

 

 

Pajaro Valley Arts Council presents “My Mother Thinks I’m a Great Artist.”  The show features 20 established local artists explore the history of their own creative development. Each artist is presenting their childhood artwork, reflecting on their own past and process, and how it relates to their contemporary work. This exhibit, curated by Janet Fine, illuminates the importance of art education and supporting creative practice for all children.

 

Aug. 9 - Sept. 24

 

Reception: Aug. 13 2-4pm

Pajaro Valley Gallery Hours
Wednesday through Sunday
11:00am to 4:00pm

Free admission — Wheelchair accessible


Location: 37 Sudden St, Watsonville Map
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Art Classes
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Santa Cruz Art League
The Santa Cruz Art League has a wide variety of classes: drop-in, weekend, series...
Date: Every day (Aug 1-Dec 15)


2017 Art Classes

The Santa Cruz Art League has a wide variety of classes at a variety of times. Is your week too hectic for our series classes? Consider taking one of our Weekend Workshops. Already have some skills and looking for a place to draw after work? Consider popping by our weekly, drop-in life drawing session (see description below).

2017 Art Classes

 

Please note: When you sign up for a class you will get a "receipt" from Presto Biz (that does not mean you are in the class.) PrestoBiz then sends the request to us and we process your payment here at the Art League if there is room in the class.


Location: Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
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From the Tall to the Small
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State Park Big Basin
The Unique Coast Redwoods in Big Basin
Date: Every Su, Mon, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Jun 3-Sep 10) at 7:00pm


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


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Fiesta de Artes
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Kiwanis Club of Los Gatos
Artists booth, food, wine, beer, and live music. And bring the kids and treat them to snow cones and a jump house.
Date: Every day (Aug 12-Aug 13)


Please join us at the 2017 Fiesta de Artes on
Saturday and Sunday, August 12th and 13th during our new extended times!

 

We are excited to announce this year's Fiesta will be held right in downtown Los Gatos! For the first time ever, the festival will be held on North Santa Cruz Avenue and the Los Gatos Town Plaza, bringing together the town and Fiesta. All your favorite features will be there, but with even more artists booth, food, wine, beer, and live music. And bring the kids and treat them to snow cones and a jump house.

 

Join 20,000 of your friends at the annual Fiesta de Artes, sponsored for 21 years by the Kiwanis Club of Los Gatos. Don't miss the town's one and only art and wine festival.

The Fiesta is free and open to the public

 

Music
Saturday: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Artist Booths
Saturday 10:00am - 7:00pm
Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm


Location: Los Gatos Town Plaza, North Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos Map
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