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Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 yrs.) class
Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 years)
Every Tues (Aug 27-Oct 15) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map

Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 yrs.) intensive class series

What: This 8-week (8-hour) class series (tailored specifically for parents of preschoolers) provides parents with all the concepts and tools needed to implement Positive Discipline in the home/family setting.  Some of the prominent themes include early child brain development, social emotional learning, belonging and significance as innate social needs, the essential nature of long-term positive parent-child relationships, mutual respect, modeling behaviors, authoritative parenting styles that use kindness and firmness at the same time, connection before correction, the criteria for effective discipline, agreements and follow-through, non-violent communication, family meetings, routines, and the internal locus of control that guides parents and children alike to practice self-regulation.  

  
Facilitated by Colleen Murphy, Certified Positive Discipline Trainer, ECE co-op teacher with over 16 years of ECE teaching experience both with children and as a parent educator.


Contact: Call 831-476-7284 x107 group rates, couples specials, scholarships, and other info.

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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 4-Sep 1) at 7:00pm
Ages: Able to do 3.5 mile hike

Twilight Adaptations Walk

Sundays at 7:30pm

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, half-mile, 1.5 hour walk. Meet at park headquarters. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: Highway 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Docent-Led Farm Tour
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UCSC Farm
Thriving examples of organic agriculture and tour horticulture on both a hand-worked garden scale and medium-sized, tractor-work
Date: The 1st Su of every month (Apr 7-Nov 3) from 2:00pm to 3:30pm


Farm and Garden Tours

Perched above Monterey Bay on the UC Santa Cruz campus, the Center's Farm and Alan Chadwick Garden offer thriving examples of organic agriculture and horticulture on both a hand-worked garden scale and medium-sized, tractor-worked farm scale. Whether you're a gardener interested in what plants do well in the Central Coast region, a farmer looking for production information, or you just want to take a walk and enjoy the views, the Farm & Garden have much to offer.

 

Both the 30-acre Farm and 2-acre Alan Chadwick Garden are open to the public daily from 8 am to 6 pm, with a self-guided tour brochure available at the Farm entrances. Groups can sign up for docent-led tours using the tour request form (see details below), and docents lead a free tour the first Sunday of the month from April through November (see below).

During their tours, visitors can see first-hand how to build fertile soil and control pests, recycle yard and kitchen waste, conserve water, and encourage biodiversity. You'll also learn about the latest research and education projects taking place at the sites.

 

Tour Schedule

  • Free, docent-led tours of the UCSC Farm are offered the first Sunday of the month from April through November, from 2 pm to 3:30 pm. No reservations necessary; meet at the Hay Barn, adjacent to the Farm (directions). Free parking is available on weekends.
  • Specialized tours for professional groups, farmers and researchers, master gardeners, visiting students, and other groups are available by arrangement (5 person minimum and depending on the availability of docents/staff). Please submit your tour request at least 2 weeks ahead of your preferred tour date using the tour request form. Call 831.459-3240 or email casfs@ucsc.edu with questions. Note that a nominal fee may apply. Minimum tour length is 1 and a half hours.
  • Kids Tours, which include hands-on activities in the Life Lab Garden Classroom, are offered during the school year by Life Lab. Call 831.459-4035 to schedule a tour for your class or other children's group, or see the Life Lab web site.

For directions to the UCSC Farm and Alan Chadwick Garden, call 831.459-4140 (pre-recorded; press 6), 459-3240, or see Directions. For information on upcoming events, email casfs@ucsc.edu, call 831.459-3240 or see the Events and Workshops page.


Location: 1156 High St. , Santa Cruz Map
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The Winter's Tale
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Santa Cruz Shakespeare
Two kings, two kingdoms, and terrible jealousy set the stage for tragedy. But what happens next? Weaving fairy-tale elements i
Date: Every day (Aug 2-Sep 1)


(0 A July 2019) WintersTale.jpgThe Winter's Tale By William Shakespeare, Directed by Raelle Myrick-Hodges

 

Two kings, two kingdoms, and terrible jealousy set the stage for tragedy. But what happens next? Weaving fairy-tale elements into one of his late romances, Shakespeare explores the magic of healing and redemption.


Before the Play Begins...

Leontes, King of Sicilia, is hosting his childhood best friend, King Polixenes of Bohemia, for a visit of several months. Leontes is married to Hermione; they have a young son, Mamillius, and Hermione is pregnant with their second child.

 

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Location: Upper DeLaveaga Park, 501 Upper Park Rd, Santa Cruz Map
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Guided Adobe Tour
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State Park Mission
Gain insight into the oldest building in Santa Cruz
Date: 09/01/2019 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Su 9/1@1pm & Sat 9/28@1pm

Guided Adobe Tour

Sunday, September 1 at 1pm

Saturday, September 28 at 1pm

Join us for a guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Come learn about the many families who have called this 180-year-old mission adobe their home. Free event. For more information, call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-1840. •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Evening Campfire Program - Big Basin
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State Park Big Basin
An evening of song and story + marshmellows
Date: Every day (Aug 31-Sep 1) at 7:00pm


Evening Campfire Program

August 1 through 17: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 7pm

Saturday, August 31 & September 1 at 7pm

 

Join us at our historic campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about redwood ecology, creatures of the forest or stories of the park while relaxing in the shadows of the towering trees. Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 7pm; program begins at 7:30pm.

 

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


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Mountain Makers' Market in Santa Cruz
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Santa Cruz Mountain Makers Market
Over 40 local artists and crafters hosting a beautiful variety of handmade goods + Live music all day
Date: The 1st Su of every month from 1:00pm to 7:00pm


July 7 - Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market
Pacific Ave. between Water St. & Locust St. - Santa Cruz
- 1-7pm -
Over 40 Local Artists!
Free concert by AJ Lee & Blue Summit!


FREE admission!www.scmmakersmarket.com/markets
to see the full line up of artists.


Location: N Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Santa Cruz Makers' Market
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Santa Cruz Mountain Makers Market
Over 40 local artists and crafters hosting a beautiful variety of handmade goods + Live music all day
Date: The 1st Su of every month from 10:00am to 5:00pm


(0 A January 2019) MakersMarket_Downtown.jpgTime to get your shopping on! Bring the whole family and shop local at the Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market on Pacific Ave. between Water & Locust Streets.

 

10am-5pm

Over 40 local artists!
Live music ALL day
FREE Admission!

The Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market happens on the first Sunday of the month! Come on out and #supportthelocals !


See the full line-up of artists at www.scmmakersmarket.com/markets


Location: N Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Ask Us!: Visitor Center Staffed
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State Park Big Basin
Come to the visitor center, next to park headquarters, to get answers!
Date: Every Su and Sa (May 4-Sep 1) from 11:00am to 1:00pm


Ask Us!: Visitor Center Staffed

Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 1pm

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


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Big Basin Nature Club
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State Park Big Basin
Pretend, play, sing, and explore!
Date: Every Su, Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri and Sa (May 25-Sep 1) at 4:30pm
Ages: All
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Big Basin Nature Club

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

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

 

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


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Comedy of Errors
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Santa Cruz Shakespeare
One of Shakespeare's earliest works, this youthful and exuberant play pairs two sets of identical twins, matching physical comed
Date: Every day (Jul 23-Sep 1)


The Comedy of Errors By William Shakespeare, Directed by Kirsten Brandt

One of Shakespeare's earliest works, this youthful and exuberant play pairs two sets of identical twins, matching physical comedy with mistaken identity for maximum hilarity.  

 

Before the Play Begins...

Egeon and his wife are separated in a shipwreck at sea, each carrying one of their identical twin daughters and one of their daughters' two servants (also identical twins). Egeon, his daughter Antiphola, and her servant Domia end up in Syracuse. Thirty-three years later, however, they unwittingly converge with their long lost family members at Ephesus,a port town at war with Syracuse.
Egeon is captured and led to jail...

 

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

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Location: Upper DeLaveaga Park, 501 Upper Park Rd, Santa Cruz Map
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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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Downtown Santa Cruz Sidewalk Sale
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Great month-end deals
Date: Every day (Aug 30-Sep 2) from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All

The Popular Downtown Sidewalk Sale returns for a weekend of great month-end deals. Stroll along the Avenue and the side streets, and enjoy a day of shopping and relaxing Downtown. The Sidewalk Sale happens all day, Friday Saturday & Sunday.

 

  • Fri, Aug 30, 2019 - Mon, Sep 2, 2019 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Fri, Sep 27, 2019 - Sun, Sep 29, 2019 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Fri, Oct 25, 2019 - Sun, Oct 27, 2019 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Fri, Nov 29, 2019 - Sun, Dec 1, 2019 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Fri, Dec 27, 2019 - Sun, Dec 29, 2019 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day Weekend extends through Monday


Location: Lincoln Street (between Pacific & Cedar), Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831)476-6940 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!
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State Park Big Basin
Explore the park's less traveled backcountry
Date: 09/02/2019 at 12:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See specific days

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!

Monday, September 2 at noon

Explore the park's less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike will be individually tailored to your group. Based on group size, experience level, and weather conditions, we will choose from the many trails that explore the park's most scenic areas. Bring water and good hiking shoes. Meet at park headquarters. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Little Rangers Programs for 3-6 year olds with an adult
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State Park Natural Bridges
Fun for the little ones
Date: Every Mon (Jun 1-Sep 2) at 10:30am
Ages: 3-6 with an adult Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Also 2pm

  Little Rangers children's programs
 Mondays 10:30 to 11:30 am from June through Labor Day.

During the summer season, hour-long children's programs are offered in the Visitor Center. These nature programs are for children ages 3-6 and their caregivers.

 

Weekly topics and themes vary. Previous themes have included: birds, frogs, secrets of sand, plant detectives, and many others!

 


Location: West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-4609 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Monterey County Fair
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Monterey County Fair
Shake your tail feathers! Entertainment, Livestock Competition, Special Free Days
Date: Every day (Aug 29-Sep 2)


 

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Fair Hours

Thurs - Sun.............. 12:00pm to 11:00pm
Monday.................. 12:00pm to 10:00pm


Special Days

Thursday -  Senior Day
62 and better FREE from 11:00am - 11:00pm

 

Friday - Military and Veteran Appreciation Day
Military & Veterans FREE with Valid ID

 

Saturday- Junior Livestock Auction

 

Sunday - Fiesta Day

 

Monday - Kids' Day
Kids under 12 FREE all day

 

Online Tickets $5 - $25


Location: 2004 Fairgrounds Rd, Monterey Map
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Free Community Swim
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Santa Cruz County Parks
FREE SWIMon Monday, Sept 2
Date: 09/02/2019 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Entry is first-come, first-served

Free Community Swim
SIMPKINS FAMILY SWIM CENTER


Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2

 

 Free swim days are very popular, with over 800 attending last year. Get here early! First-come, first-served!


Location: Simpkins Swim Center, 979 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Little Rangers - Secrets of Sand
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State Park Natural Bridges
Fun for the little ones
Date: 09/02/2019 at 10:30am
Ages: 3-6 with an adult Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Also 2pm

Little Rangers - Secrets of Sand

Monday September 2 at 10:30am

Calling all 3 to 6 year olds and their adults! Learn, share, and discover the "Secrets of Sand" at our local state beach with a program especially designed for our youngest visitors. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 423-4609, ext. 8. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Ranch Tours
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State Park Wilder
Tour Wilder Ranch!
Date: 09/02/2019 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Ranch Tour

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

Monday, September 2 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. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
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Mission Strategy Game
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State Park Mission
Mission Strategy Game
Date: 09/02/2019 from 11:00am to 12:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Mission Strategy Game

Monday, September 2 from 11am to 12:30pm

Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18th century. Spend Spanish real coins and roll the sheep's knucklebone to determine the fate of your mission. Geared for ages 8 and older. Free event. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: 144 School Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Great Train Robberies
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Roaring Camp Railroads
Shootouts, duels and other blazing re-enactments
Date: Every day (Aug 31-Sep 2)


Great Train Robberies July 4, August 31-September 2 Witness shootouts between famed lawmen and notorious outlaws from the 1880’s aboard the Redwood Forest Train to Bear Mountain. See why the West was wild!


Location: 5355 Graham Hill Rd , Felton Map
Phone: 831.335.4484 •website Felton create a direct event link
Arboretum Garden Free Day
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
A tranquil place to see plants from around the world plus quail, bunnies...
Date: The 1st Tues of every month from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: Free Day 1st Tuesday

 With more than 300 plant species, ranging from Santa Cruz natives to rare and threatened plants of unusual scientific interest, the Arboretum is the place to see a variety of flora, fauna, birds and more.

 

Come and see native flora from around the globe, including California, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and Chile. The Arboretum offers many rich opportunities for casual visitors, researchers, students, members, and friends. You can find more information by visiting our About page.


1st Tuesday of every month. Free admission to the Arboretum.  The Arboretum is open each day from 9 am to 5 pm. (Closed only on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.) Directions and information about admission can be found here.


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-502-2998 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Anime Club
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Library Watsonville
Join our Anime Club!
Date: The 1st Tues of every month from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Ages: 6-12 grades

Anime Club

The Anime Club is open to all students in 6th - 12th grades. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the Month 4:00 p.m - 5:30 p.m.. If you are 13 or younger, but still in 6th grade, you will need to bring a signed Anime Club Permission Form (PDF) with you to the meeting.

 

All about Manga & Anime


The History of Manga from NMP International Blackmoon's Anime and Manga Glossary to his
Anime Companion Books Mechademia: A journal of all things anime, manga, games and pop-culture about Japan.


Some Fun Links to Enjoy

 

  • Create a fun manga style avatar with Mangatar!
  • Real Kana: Where you can practice your hiragana and katakana.
  • Daily Sudoku: Where you can puzzle over more Sudoku.

Location: 275 Main Street, Suite #100, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-768-3400 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
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

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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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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
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Meteor Trail Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike.
Date: 09/06/2019 at 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: See specific days & times

Meteor Trail Hike

Friday, September 6 at 10am

Saturday, September 21 at 10:30am

Join a Big Basin docent on one of our most diverse hikes-by mountain streams, oak woodlands, chaparral, and redwoods. We'll discuss forests, flowers, and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike. This somewhat strenuous ascent is rewarded with ocean views on a clear day. Bring water, lunch, and good hiking shoes. Meet at park headquarters. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
First Friday Ocean Open House
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Join SCMNH for a fun-filled ocean open house!
Date: 09/06/2019 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Join the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History for this FREE celebration of the ocean! Santa Cruz is lucky to have many nonprofit organizations that support the ocean through environmental education and conservation. Get to know some of these ocean stewards through fun, interactive activities while exploring the Museum's galleries and enjoying free admission, snacks, and drinks.

Explore underwater using 360 virtual reality headseats with Oceans 360, and learn all about the beauty, fragility and importance of the world's oceans. Join O'Neill Sea Odyssey for crafts and art-making using ocean debris, and learn how they provide students with hands-on lessons on marine habitat and the relationship between the oceans and the environment.

Meet the folks from Save Our Shores, who conduct programs and projects designed to support the foundations of a thriving Monterey Bay: clean shores, healthy habitats, and living waters. Learn how best to recreate near sea otters with Sea Otter Savvy, and get to know these furry friends through specimens and activities.

Find more details here: https://www.santacruzmuseum.org/first-friday/


Location: 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Mole & Mariachi Festival 2017
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State Parks Mission
Mole, a traditional Mexican sauce, sometimes made using chocolate, for festival-goers to sample, a raffle, live music, dance, ac
Date: 09/07/2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Seventh Annual Mole & Mariachi Festival

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Mole & Mariachi Festival is a benefit for nonprofit Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks in support of Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Proceeds from the festival fund educational programs, visitor services and restoration at the Mission.

The 7th annual event will be Saturday, Sept. 7th at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, 144 School St. in downtown Santa Cruz.

Limited spots for chefs available.

 

Registration for food vendors and mercado merchants is now full.

We are happy to welcome Margaritaville, Chef Ana Mendoza, Taquitos Gabriel's and El Jardin this year!

We are also excited to welcome The Penny Ice Creamery, Bella's Fruit Cocktails, Aparicio's Corn, Sason Mexicano and Tacos Don Beto.

In the mercado, you will find Tierra de Colores, Xpression Cultural, Artesania y Botanica Del Sol, and Artemex!

 

Volunteers can sign up now. Interested in becoming a sponsor? Sign up now!

 

Take a look at our raffle prizes for this year

Learn more online: http://www.thatsmypark.org/events/mole-and-mariachi/

 


Location: Santa Cruz Mission State Histori, 144 School Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Felling the Giants
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State Park Big Basin
Logger stories and demonstration
Date: 09/07/2019 from 11:30am to 12:30am


Felling the Giants

Saturday, September 7 at 11:30am

How did lumbermen cut down these tall, tall trees? What was life like in a logging camp? What tools did they use? Join docent Paul Fewel as he tells stories of the logging days and demonstrates how loggers were able to fell these giants-without chainsaws! You get to use some tools too! Meet at park headquarters. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


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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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Sempervirens Falls Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Three-hour, 2.5-mile hike
Date: Every 4 weeks on Sa (Sep 7-Sep 28) at 10:30am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Sempervirens Falls Hike

Saturday, September 7 at 10:30am
Saturday, September 28 at 10:30am

This beautiful hike takes you by Sempervirens Falls, old-growth redwoods, Ohlone grinding rocks, the birthplace of Big Basin, and more! Join docent Hal Anjo on this 4-mile, 3-hour hike. Bring water and snacks. Meet at park headquarters. Free event.

 

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


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Circumference
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Tannery ArtsCenter
Circumference celebrates the diversity and convergence of the music, arts and digital media
Date: 09/07/2019 from 2:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $20

It's an event

Circumference is a collaborative event for musicians, visual artists, and digital media doers to showcase their work, network with fellow artists and agencies, collaborate and gain crucial exposure, all while enjoying a festival style atmosphere.

It's a stage

Circumference will be an opportunistic, advantageous event that will provide a stage for rising musicians and artists to showcase, network and build contacts within their discipline. The main objective is to expand opportunities and access to them, by bringing together various representatives, vendors, performers, and artists in a conference style setting with festival style performances.

It's a celebration

Circumference celebrates the diversity and convergence of the music, arts and digital media industries in Santa Cruz County and dedicates itself to helping creative individuals reach their goals. 

It's a network

Circumference is an event that will forge artistic connections, provide opportunities for self promotion, collaboration, performance, and overall enhance the artistic frequency in the city of Santa Cruz. 

Oh ya, and its a fundraiser

A portion of every ticket sold will go to the SCCAAE (Santa Cruz County Alliance for Arts Education). An award winning organization dedicated to preserving Arts education in schools K-12 throughout Santa Cruz County. The remainder of event proceeds will be donated back to the Tannery Arts Center.


Location: 1050 River Street, Santa Cruz County Map
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Ohlone Plant Use
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State Park Big Basin
How would you make dinner if you lived in Big Basin 500 years ago?
Date: 09/07/2019 from 10:30am to 1:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

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Ohlone Plant Use

Saturday, September 7 from 10:30am to 1:30pm

 


No Safeway? No Home Depot? No pharmacy? How did the Ohlone Indians survive? Docent Eva Fewel will have plant samples and tools that the local Native Californians used.

Learn how they collected, processed and used the local plants. Stop by our visitor center any time during this drop-in program. Free event.

 

Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883.

 

Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks. 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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International Ocean Film Tour
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Patagonia
The ultimate film event for all who love the sea.
Date: 09/07/2019 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Admission Fees: General admission: $18

International Ocean Film Tour Vol. 6 - Presented by Patagonia

Presented by Patagonia Santa Cruz

The ultimate film event for all who love the sea. The International OCEAN FILM TOUR brings the beauty and fascination of the oceans to the big screen. The program consists of 5 inspiring films. The face of this year's tour is Trouble: The Lisa Anderson Story. Four-time world champ, first woman on the cover of Surfer, six time Surfer of the Year and inductee into the Surfer Hall of Fame. It's the story of chasing dreams and their consequences.
The environmental policy focus is the deep-sea adventure CHASING THE THUNDER, where we follow the marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd in its ambitious fight against illegal fishing.

In mid-march 2019, the Int. OCEAN FILM TOUR Volume 6 begins in Germany and then goes on an extensive tour through 14 countries worldwide with over 150 stops. This year's screening on September 7 at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz will provide support for local non-profit, Mountains 2 Sea along with a call to action with Save our Shores (Coastal Clean up Day on September 21). We hope you will join us. For more information and tickets visit riotheatre.com

MTNS2SEA partners with schools to provide underserved youth with weekly outdoor adventure outings that focus on leadership skills, goal setting, personal reflection, social-emotional development, and environmental awareness. Being outside is at the heart of what we do and nature provides the catalyst for change and empowerment.

Locally sponsored by Lloyd's Tire and Auto Care, Sandbar Solar, Adventure Sports Journal, Santa Cruz Waves and Save our Shores

List of films (visit https://us.oceanfilmtour.com/movies for descriptions)

Chasing the Thunder
700 Sharks
Trouble: The Lisa Anderson Story
Surfer Dan
Blown Away - Sailing Conductors

 

Show time: 7:00 PM, doors 6:00 PM
Tickets: $18
Advance Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com
Event website: www.us.oceanfilmtour.com


 


Location: Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel, Santa Cruz Map
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Santa Cruz Greek Festival
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Santa Cruz Greek Festival
Come and enjoy this showcase of authentic Greek food, pastries, spirits, live Greek music, folk dancing and more!
Date: Every day (Sep 6-Sep 8)


 

Voted BEST STREET FESTIVAL in Santa Cruz County!

Enjoy Food, Music, and Spirits at the 38th Annual Santa Cruz Greek Festival

The Santa Cruz Greek Festival is one of the most eagerly anticipated community events - come and enjoy this showcase of authentic Greek food, pastries, spirits, live Greek music by The Spartan Band, folk dancing and more! Voted BEST STREET FESTIVAL in Santa Cruz County, the Santa Cruz Greek Festival is the longest running cultural festival in Santa Cruz County, growing from a small celebration in the church courtyard to a huge block party. The festival is located at 223 Church Street, between Church and Center Streets, downtown Santa Cruz.


Location: 223 Church Street, SantaCruz Map
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COME DANCE!
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Santa Cruz Dance
Come dance with us! Live music * easy to learn * high energy * great community!
Date: The 2nd Su of every month from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: 7+ Admission Fees: $12 (general), ($20 supporters, $8 students), Cash, check, or Paypal only

Come dance with us!

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

 

Upcoming Dances -

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

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

 

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

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

Please

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


Location: Veteran's Hall, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Coffee Talk and Crafts
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State Park Big Basin
Introduction to the park and figuring out the right trail for you!
Date: 09/08/2019 from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See different times

Coffee Talk and Crafts

Sunday, September 8 from 9:30am to 12:30pm

Saturday, September 14 from 9:30am to 12:30pm

Come to the Sempervirens Room next to park headquarters for free coffee or hot chocolate! This is a great way to start your day in Big Basin. Docents will be happy to answer your questions about the park and help get you going on the right trail. And bring the kids for a fun craft activity! 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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Drop-In Family Craft - Papal Picado
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State Park Mission
Enjoy an informal afternoon creating luminaria at this hidden jewel
Date: 09/08/2019 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Dec 1, 21 & 31

Drop-In Family Craft - Papal Picado

Sunday, September 8 from 1 to 3:30pm

Enjoy an informal afternoon at this hidden jewel near downtown Santa Cruz. Make your own colorful cutout paper flags influenced by the traditions of Mexico. Free event. For more information, call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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FREE Cotillion Class for Teens & Tweens!
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Central Coast Cotillion
Ballroom Dance, Social & Dining Etiquette for teens and tweens!
Date: 09/09/2019 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm


(0 A August 2019) Cotillion2Dancers.jpgCelebrating our 10th year! Bring a friend! To reserve your teen/tween student's seat and refreshments.

 

RSVP (by 8/30 please) student in the registration form https://centralcoastcotillion.com/sign-up/

 

About Central Coast Cotillion


Ballroom Dance - Waltz, Fox Trot, Cha-Cha, Tango, Rumba plus Swing and Electric Slide Line Dance


Also: Social & Dining Etiquette

 

Purpose

 

  • To build confidence, courtesy and character in pre-teens, teens and young adults as they learn classy basic ballroom dances, social & dining etiquette in a FRIENDLY, FUN and formal environment.
  • To teach students social courtesies and dining etiquette skills.
  • To train young people to act and treat others with respect, kindnessand dignity.

To empower students with the tools to carry themselves with poise and present themselves with confidence in various social settings, such as: school dances, classes, clubs, sports teams and award banquets, college and career interviews, internships, business luncheons and dinners, dates, parties, and weddings.


Location: Seacliff Inn, 7500 Old Dominion Ct, Aptos Map
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Workshop:"Emotional Self-Regulation for Parents"
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Simplicity Parenting Institute
Discover how to become a more calm and confident parent and have a more connected relationship with your child.
Date: 09/09/2019
Ages: parents Admission Fees: Tuition is FREE but registration is required

FREE Workshop with Kim John Payne: "Emotional Self-Regulation for Parents"

Click here to learn more and register: https://www.simplicityparentinginstitute.com (Tuition is FREE but registration is required)

Simplicity Parenting author, Kim John Payne, is holding a new free workshop next week in celebration of the release of his newest book, "Being at Your Best When Your Kids Are at Their Worst: Practical Compassion in Parenting."

Emotional self-regulation is such an important topic for parents, and what better time to talk about it than at the beginning of a new school year.

The workshop begins Monday, September 9th, and it's an online, video/audio-based workshop, so there's no set time for the sessions. You can watch/listen whenever it works for you.


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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 3 weeks on 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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Seminario de Triple P: El poder de ser padres positivos
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Triple P
Crear entornos seguros e interesantes para los nios; Proporcionar entornos de aprendizaje positivos para los nios ...
Date: 09/10/2019 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Gratis
Special Instructions: Nmero de telfono: (831) 724-2997 x211. En Espaol.

Seminario de Triple P: El poder de ser padres positivos
martes, el 10 de septiembre, 5:30 - 7 pm
Los Seminarios de Triple P ofrecen consejos para padres generales que se pueden utilizar en una amplia gama de situaciones. Este seminario es el primero de una serie de tres. Puede asistir a uno, dos o los tres de los seminarios de la serie.

El seminario El poder de ser padres positivos brinda una introducción al Programa Triple P. Los participantes del seminario conocerán los principios y las estrategias clave para: Crear entornos seguros e interesantes para los niños; Proporcionar entornos de aprendizaje positivos para los niños; Usar una disciplina positive; Tener expectativas realistas de ellos mismos y los niños; y Cuidarse a sí mismos como padres y cuidadores.

Este seminario es gratis y abierto al público. Inscríbase para reservar su lugar y obtener el cuidado de sus niños gratis. Se proporcionarán bocadillos ligeros para niños y adultos.

Presentado en español por: Liliana Zamora - Puentes de Comunidad, La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios
Ubicación: Nueva Vista Recursos Comunitarios, 711 E. Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz
Para inscribirse: Comuníquese con Liliana Zamora al (831) 724-2997 x212 o lilianaz@cbridges.org o vea el calendario en http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: Nueva Vista Recursos Comunitario, 711 E. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Be Red Cross Ready
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Library Garfield Park
Be Red Cross Ready
Date: 09/10/2019 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

American Red Cross and Santa Cruz Public Libraries have teamed up to bring FREE emergency preparedness workshops to our communities. In this workshop you will learn how to prepare for a variety of emergencies and natural disasters and what to keep in your emergency bag.

This workshop is done in conjunction with Epicenter: The Loma Prieta Earthquake 30th Anniversary Oral Histories Project


Location: Garfield Park Branch Library, 705 Woodrow Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Autism Spectrum Support Group
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Autism Spectrum Support Group
Date: The 2nd Tues of every month from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: next to Nickelodeon Theater

Autism Spectrum Support Group
Support is crucial to thriving as parents of children on the autism spectrum. This group is by and for parents to share space with each other and to problem solve challenges we might be facing... together!


No judgements here, just support We are LBGTQ FRIENDLY and parents on the spectrum who are parenting kids also on the spectrum.


We meet the second Tuesday of each month.
Support group is from 7-9pm and share resources 9-9:30pm


Questions? Contact Ali at: alihayes2003@yahoo.com


Location: 220 Lincoln 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 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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Stripes Ride
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SC Bike Party
It takes all kinds, so come and celebrate your different stripes! Join this fun bike ride.
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month at 7:00pm


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

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

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

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

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


Guidelines

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

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


Location: Bike Church, 703 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Movie: Ralph Breaks the Internet
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Capitola Village
Family friendly movies: Ralph Breaks the Internet
Date: Every Fri (Sep 6-Sep 13) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Free Popcorn

Enjoy a movie on a summer night. Come early, have dinner in the village, bring family and friends, flashlights, beach chairs, and blankets.


Movies at the Beach - Esplanade Park

The Movies at the Beach is a family friendly and free event hosted in late summer by the Art and Cultural Commission. These free movies are set on the stage in Esplanade Park near Capitola Beach. The movie titles are family friendly and range from animations to classic titles. The movies generally begin at 7:30 p.m. or dusk. Movie goers are welcome to bring a picnic dinner or dine locally at area restaurants. Low back chairs, blankets and jackets recommended. Please respect our request for no alcohol or dogs on the beach.


2019 Schedule
August 23: COCO
August 30: Dispicable Me 3
September 6: Bernie the Dolphin
September 13: Ralph Breaks the Internet

 

Seating begins: 6:30 PM

The movie starts: 7:30 PM

Free popcorn from 7-7:30 PM


Location: Esplanade Park, Capitola Village Map
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Live Oak Book Group
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Library Live Oak
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

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

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


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
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Bird Fun Fest Make Night
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MAH
Make a one-of-a-kind bird mask using feathers, glitter, ribbon, and more
Date: 09/13/2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10 Includes Museum Admission | Free for Members

Calling all bird lovers. Come enjoy a special bird-themed craft extravaganza at the MAH.

  • Make a one-of-a-kind bird mask using feathers, glitter, ribbon, and more.
  • Talk to local organizations and ask them all your pressing questions on the birds of Santa Cruz County.
  • Learn how to draw life-like birds from talented artists.
  • Play bird-themed games and end the night with a bird parade around Abbott Square.
  • Plus, explore three floors of inspiring local art and history. Museum admission is included with your event ticket.

Fun for all ages.
$10 Includes Museum Admission | Free for Members


Location: 740 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Open House
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Sand Dollar Children's House
New Montessori Materials, rates & schedule choices!
Date: Every 2 days (Sep 13-Sep 14) from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Ages: 2.5-6yrs Admission Fees: 0

Open House and demos of fully equipped new Montessori materials in downtown La Selva!

 

Sand Dollar Children's House offers a safe and comfortable place for young children to grow and come to know themselves.

 

Montessori Method:

Holistic
Emergent
Empowering
Integrated curriculum


Montessori Children's House Program for 2.5 to 6-year-olds.

A typical Montessori Morning in the Children's House Overview of the Montessori Children's House

 

Sand Dollar Children's House is in a small seaside community with local events, 5 parks, a playground, library, fire station, Clubhouse and the beach is within two blocks for daily exploration.


Location: Sand Dollar Children's House, 304 Playa Blvd,, La Selva Beach Map
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Old Growth Classic
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Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz
Sept. 14: A 55-mile mixed terrain race, two nights of camping, live music, delicious catered meals, and more summer camp fun. As
Date: Every Sa (Jul 10-Sep 14)
Admission Fees: $170 - $200
Special Instructions: Registration open now

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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Location: Big Basin, 21700 Little Basin Road, Boulder Creek Map
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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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Coffee Talk and Crafts
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Introduction to the park and figuring out the right trail for you!
Date: 09/14/2019 from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See different times

Coffee Talk and Crafts

Sunday, September 8 from 9:30am to 12:30pm

Saturday, September 14 from 9:30am to 12:30pm

Come to the Sempervirens Room next to park headquarters for free coffee or hot chocolate! This is a great way to start your day in Big Basin. Docents will be happy to answer your questions about the park and help get you going on the right trail. And bring the kids for a fun craft activity! 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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Boardwalk Beach Blitz
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Beach Boardwalk
Boardwalk Beach Blitz brings together junior high and high school ministries for a chance to encounter God and fellowship with
Date: Every day (Sep 13-Sep 14)


Boardwalk Beach Blitz - Christian Youth Overnight


Boardwalk Beach Blitz brings together junior high and high school ministries for a chance to encounter God and fellowship with other teens from all over Northern California.

This event is designed to meet you where you are on your Christian path, whether to strengthen your faith or to learn more about Jesus Christ.

Includes:

  • Overnight Camping on the Boardwalk
  • Concert by Citizen Way
  • Inspirational Guest Speaker - Brian Sumner
  • Praise and Worship with Kokua
  • Youth Prayer Tent
  • Friday Night Ride Exclusive on Speed Bumps
  • Dinner and Breakfast
  • Free Play in Arcade
  • All-Day Rides Wristband for Saturday
  • Free Parking

Register Now

Early Registration: $79.95 per person, deadline August 16, 2019

Standard Registration: $89.95 per person, deadline September 12, 2019, or until full.

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Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Moonlight Steam Train Dinner Party
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Roaring Camp
Moonlight Steam Train Dinner Party
Date: 09/14/2019 at 6:00pm
Admission Fees: $56/person
Special Instructions: July 20, August 17, September 14, October 5

Moonlight Train Dinner Party
This is the one folks. Head out into the woods for some good ol' fashioned fun! Your night begins at the town of Roaring Camp with a delicious BBQ dinner. After dinner, board the historic steam train and head to the top of the mountain for campfire music and hot cider. End the night back at Roaring Camp with live music and hot, just-like-Grandma-made-it apple pie.

 

Treat yourself to an evening of fun and relaxation at Roaring Camp's Moonlight Steam Train Dinner Party. Start with a hearty barbecue chicken and steak dinner followed by a leisurely train ride aboard vintage railway cars. The steam train stops atop Bear Mountain to a glowing campfire, hot cider and musical entertainment. Upon returning to Roaring Camp, hot apple pie and line dancing await you. Get into the swing of things with our line dance instructor Wendy, then two-step the rest of night away under the stars.Vegetarian options available.


Rates
Adult (Ages 13 and up) - $56
Child (Ages 2-12) - $41
Infants under 2 are welcome to ride for free!

Forest Train 4 hrs 6:00 pm

Activities

  • Hearty BBQ Dinner
  • *Vegetarian Options Available
  • Campfire
  • Live Music
  • Line Dancing

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Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Outlook from Mt. McAbee Hike
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State Park Big Basin
We'll stop at the top and enjoy the lovely ocean views, returning through a beautiful old-growth redwood forest.
Date: 09/14/2019 at 10:30am

Special Instructions: Sept 20 and 30

Outlook from Mt. McAbee Hike

Saturday, September 14 at 10:30am

Join Docent Hal Anjo on a 6-mile, 3.5 hour moderate hike to McAbee Outlook. We'll stop at the top and enjoy the lovely ocean views, returning through a beautiful old-growth redwood forest. Learn about the different habitats as you watch the environment change as we climb and enjoy the view. Bring plenty of water, snacks, and good hiking shoes.

 

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

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
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Snake Park Saturday
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Learn about the fascinating world of snakes from a snake expert
Date: 09/14/2019 at 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 10am and 1pm

Snake Park Saturday

Saturday, September 14 at 2pm

Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, and hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Rancho del Oso Ranger Station to learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Several snakes will be on display and native reptile adaptations will be discussed in the beautiful backdrop of Waddell Valley! Park at Waddell Beach and walk 0.4 miles past the yellow gate along the Skyline to the Sea Trail to the ranger station. Rain cancels. Free event. For more information, call (831) 427-2288 Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.

 

 

 


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
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River Health Day
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Coastal Watershed
Volunteer and make a difference in the San Lorenzo River ecosystem!
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month (Jul 23-Dec 8) from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Every second Saturday of the month you can join the Coastal Watershed Council in improving habitat conditions along the lower San Lorenzo River.

During these River Health Days, we will be planting and watering beneficial native seedlings, as well as removing invasive plants along the river to improve biodiversity and habitat complexity.

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

All ages and abilities welcome. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visit https://coastal-watershed.org/events/ to learn more and sign up. Call (831) 464 9200 x104 with any questions.


Location: Santa Cruz Riverwalk, 107 Dakota Ave., Santa Cruz Map
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Ohlone Day
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State Park Henry Cowell
Ohlone people will share their traditional basketry, songs, stories, tools, musical instruments, dance, and their history
Date: 09/14/2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm


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Ohlone Day

Saturday, September 14 from 11am to 5pm

 

Celebrate the past, present, and future of Ohlone culture. Ohlone demonstrators will share traditional dances, basketry, songs, stories, tools, musical instruments, language, and history. During this family-friendly event, visitors can throw an atlatl, play Ohlone games, discover how to cook with hot rocks, and much more! This event takes place in Group Picnic Area 1; please use the main entrance located off Highway 9 in Felton. Free event. Vehicle day-use parking is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
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Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Interpreter Jeremy Lin will lead an approximate 2 mile hike to observe and enjoy morning wildlife
Date: 09/14/2019 from 8:00am to 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 17 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1

Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley

Saturday, September 14 at 8am
Interpreter Jeremy Lin will lead an approximate 2 mile hike to observe and enjoy morning wildlife at Rancho del Oso. We will take our time and explore the beautiful coastal valley. No previous experience necessary. It is helpful to bring binoculars, bird guides and a readiness for patient observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp Waddell Valley morning. Please RSVP to jeremy.lin@parks.ca.gov. Meet at the deck in front of the nature center. Free event. For more information, call (831) 427-2288. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.

 


Location: 3600 Hwy 1 , Davenport Map
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Archeology Demonstration
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State Park Mission
Follow the archeological process from the dig to the display, and participate in hands-on activities
Date: 09/14/2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm


Archaeology Demonstration

How do artifacts give us clues to the past? Follow the archaeological process from the dig to the display, and participate in hands-on activities to discover the stories told by the artifacts. Presented in collaboration with the Santa Cruz Archeological Society.

 

Event is free; rain cancels. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located at 144 School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Second Weekends @ Watsonville Airport
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Watsonville Municipal Airport
Like old planes? Come visit us!
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Special Instructions: Saturday and Sunday

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


Location: 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
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Tour the Base of Pigeon Point Lighthouse
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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
History walks of the lighthouse
Date: 09/14/2019 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All

Tour the Base of Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Saturday, September 14 from 1 to 4pm

Explore the history of Pigeon Point Light Station from inside Pigeon Point Lighthouse. After 18 years of being closed off to the public, these 30-minute tours offer the rare opportunity to take a glimpse inside the lighthouse tower. Topics include maritime navigation, lighthouse functions and history, and restoration projects within the park. Tickets are $10 per person ages 4 and up, and can be purchased the day of the tour in the park store. Children 3 and under are free. Tours run on the hour with the last tour starting at 4pm. Meet at the gate of the lighthouse. For more information, call (650) 879-2120. Event made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 


Location: Guided Tour, 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
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Wilder Ridge Loop
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State Park Wilder Ranch
On this challenging guided three-hour, six-mile hike well explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills
Date: 09/14/2019 from 9:00am to 3:00pm


Wilder Ridge Loop

Saturday, September 14 at 9am

On this challenging 3-hour hike, we'll explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills of Wilder Ranch. This hike includes several descents and ascents. Bring water, lunch, and hiking shoes. Meet in parking lot. Rain cancels. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 1401 Coast Rd., Santa Cruz Map
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'Best of Broadway'
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Santa Cruz Follies
Dubbed the "Best Kept Secret in Santa Cruz," the Follies features some of the most talented 50-plus performers in town.
Date: Every day (Sep 11-Sep 14)
Admission Fees: $27.50
Special Instructions: 9/11 - 9/14 at 1:00 pm & 9/13 at 7:30 pm

Santa Cruz Follies 'Best of Broadway'

9/11 - 9/14 at 1:00 pm & 9/13 at 7:30 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
General $27.50; Children 10 & under $8.50 (No service charge on tickets purchased at the door/event or through the Market Street Senior Center: (831) 423-6640.

 

Enjoy the best music and dance routines from Broadway and Hollywood, all performed in one amazing variety show by local talent in the senior set. This annual fundraiser supports the wonderful folks at Senior Citizens Opportunities who provide classes, activities and other help to Santa Cruz elders.

 


Location: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St., Santa Cruz Map
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Science Sunday-Kelp Forest Resiliency
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Life after Sea Urchin Grazing
Date: 09/15/2019 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Ages: Recommended for ages 10 and olde Admission Fees: Event is included with admission to the Seymour Center: Adult $9 | Senior, Student, Child $7 | Children 2 and under FREE | Membe

(0 A September 2019) Seymour_logo_Sept2019.jpgAlong California's Central Coast, sea urchins have recently transformed a long-established kelp forest into an underwater mosaic-patchy forests interspersed with barrens void of kelp. What causes sea urchin outbreaks that result in widespread kelp deforestation? How will they end and when will kelp forests recover?

Join Joshua Smith as he disentangles the mechanisms that underpin kelp forest resiliency. Come learn what drives this changing ecosystem.

Joshua Smith, Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Santa Cruz

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Join the Seymour Marine Discovery Center on the third Sunday of every month (except December) for a public lecture from a marine scientist, who presents current research and topics in an entertaining and easy-to-understand format, with up-to-date photos, video, and discussion. Science Sunday is for everyone interested in the world around them.

Lectures are one hour long and take place at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at 1:30 PM.
Doors open to the lecture hall at 1:00 PM.
Lecture passes are available at the admissions counter at 12:30 PM.
Seating is limited and first-come, first-served. No late seating.
Lectures include time for a few questions at the end.
Recommended for ages 10 and older.

Science Sunday is free with membership or admission to the Seymour Center. UC Santa Cruz undergraduate students receive free admission with valid student ID.


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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SuperKid Triathlon
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Finish Line Productions
A swim, bike and run course for kids!
Date: 09/15/2019 at 8:00am


It's the 23rd Annual SuperKid Triathlon. How cool is that! The oldest kid's triathlon in the area and still going strong.

 

It doesn't matter if your child is already an athlete or is just starting to engage in sports and outdoor activity. This is a great event for the whole family and gives your children the opportunity to be active and healthy. With a swim, bike and run course, real transition area, body markings and fun prizes for participants, you can help your child gain the self esteem that comes from doing their personal best. 

Please check the race website for more detail on relay teams. It is recommended that team members should age up or down only one year for each course group.  For example, a 9 year old could register as part of a relay for a 7 - 8 year old course or the 9-10 year old start, but not a 13 year old course. 

 

THE BIKE COURSE IS SUITABLE FOR FAT TIRE, MOUNTAIN BIKES, AND CYCLECROSS BIKES. No road bikes or skinny tires!

 

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Location: Simpkins Swim Center, 979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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When Species Collide!
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Explore topics like natives vs. non-native invasives, and adaptations.
Date: 09/15/2019 at 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Saturdays, October 21 ~ November 18 ~ December 16 10 am

When Species Collide
Sunday, September 15 at noon

Join docent Ken Koll (kenneth_koll@yahoo.com) for a four-mile hike on the beautiful Skyline to Sea Bypass Trail. Along the way we will pass through the varied habitats of the Waddell Valley and explore topics like native vs. non-native plants, invasive species, and adaptations. Bring water, snacks, and sturdy footwear. Park at Waddell Beach and walk through the entrance gate (yellow gate across from Waddell Beach parking lot) 0.25 miles to the ranger station. Free event. For more information, call (831) 427-2288. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
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Hike to Buzzard's Roost
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State Park Big Basin
Moderate two-mile climb going out, easy return, not recommended for small children
Date: 09/15/2019 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Hike to Buzzard's Roost

Sunday, September 15 at 10am

Develop your hiking muscles with this challenging 5-mile round trip to Buzzard's Roost. Join Docent Steve Stolper for a hike to a dramatic rock formation with a commanding view of the park. We gain 1,200 feet in elevation on the way up. After a relaxed lunch on the rocks, we return to headquarters. Bring at least one liter of water, lunch, snacks, and appropriate clothing. Rain cancels. Meet at Park Headquarters. Event is free; day-use parking is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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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: 09/15/2019 at 9:30am


Berry Creek Falls Hike

Sunday, September 15 at 9:30am

Travel deep into the heart of Big Basin as you experience a wide range of habitats on this moderate to strenuous 11-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. Free event.

 

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

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Fruit Trees for Every Garden.
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Orin Martin shares his wisdom, experience, and advice in his new book, Fruit Trees for Every Garden.
Date: 09/15/2019 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm


Orin Martin's Book Launch Party

 

Orin Martin shares his wisdom, experience, and advice in his new book, Fruit Trees for Every Garden.

 

Celebrate with us at the UCSC Hay Barn on Sunday, September 15, 2019 from 4-6pm! 

Enjoy a book reading and signing by Orin and artwork by Stephanie Martin on display and for sale. Refreshments will be available, plus a pie potluck. Bring your favorite fruit pie if you can!

This event is free and open to the public. Free parking will be available. For directions and information on parking, visit https://casfs.ucsc.edu/about/directions.html. For more information, call 831-459-3240 or email casfs@ucsc.edu. We hope to see you there!


Fruit Trees for Every Garden: An Organic Approach to Growing Apples, Pears, Peaches, Plums, Citrus, and More by Orin & Manjula Martin

Available now for pre-order. Signed copies will be available at the event.

 

"Here you have all the practical tools to create your own orchard of any size-information on rootstocks, pruning, thinning, and a thrilling array of varieties-but moreover, you have Orin's wise and gently wry voice to guide you through it."  -Alice Waters

 

"An excellent guide for those of us who are 'addicted' to the joys, pleasures, and sweat of growing tree fruit-a sweet blend of the skills and art required to grow the perfect peach (or apple, citrus, fig ...)"  -David Mas Masumoto


Location: 1156 High St. , Santa Cruz Map
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Capitola Art & Wine Festival
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Capitola Chamber
Wineries, gourmet food, fine art, entertainment, children's art area. Admission free.
Date: Every day (Sep 14-Sep 15)
Admission Fees: free

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37th Annual Capitola Art & Wine Festival

September 14 & 15, 2019

A fun weekend for the whole family! The Capitola Art & Wine Festival combines Art, Wine, Music and Food, all in charming Capitola Village overlooking the Monterey Bay. Summer's last hurrah, and truly a weekend in paradise!

 

Stroll the Festival and admire the talent of over 160 fine artists while sipping exceptional wines from 22 Santa Cruz Mountain wineries.

 

Visit the Local Artisans Marketplace filled with locally handmade crafts and artisanal foods.The Festival Food Court offers a wide range of tantalizing options from oysters to Hawaiian Poke.

 

The Kids Art & Music Area provides ongoing craft projects for the younger set, as well as musical play featuring MusicalMe. Enjoy fantastic entertainment all weekend, including local dance and performing arts groups, street performers, and live music. There's something for everyone!


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Santa Cruz County Fair
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Santa Cruz County Fair
"Round up the Red, White and Blue" will guide the joyous celebration that is our annual Santa Cruz County Fair.
Date: Every day (Sep 11-Sep 15)
Ages: All Admission Fees: 13-61 $14; Child 6-12 $7; Sr 62+ $10
Special Instructions: parking $10/car

A week of fun at the Santa Cruz County Fair

Get ready for pig racing, frisbee dogs, bands, art, wine. poetry, gardening, garlic fries, concerts, carnival rides and livestock exhibits. 400-pound pumpkins, and more!

 

2019 Fair Hours:

Wednesday 9/11 to Friday 9/13 Noon to 11:00PM
Saturday 9/14 10AM to 11PM & Sunday 9/15 10AM to 10PM


Entertainment Sneak Peek!

Michael Mezmer

michael mezmerMichael is known as the "Phenomenist" who combines his talents as one of the world's top performing stage hypnotists with his award winning skills in the field of organic magic phenomena to create amazing performances. Michael's TranceNosis Comedy Hypnosis Show and BrainStorm Phenomena Shows have been seen at major casinos, amusement parks, cruise ships, fairs and festivals throughout the world.

 

Wild West Turkey Stampede

turkey races....If you are within the sound of my voice... you are just seconds away from the funniest show in America... It is time for the Wild West Turkey Stampeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeede! These turkeys will keep you cheering and laughing all "race" long.


All Alaskan Racing Pigs

pig races

 

The Famous All-Alaskan Racing Pigs are a team of the fastest and funniest athletes to serve up entertainment anywhere! Flat-track racing and hurdling are their specialties, but a good gag is always on the menu. If you are looking for entertainment don't miss these Racing Pigs.


Twinkle Time

twinkleRocking with orange pigtails out, "Twinkle," the bilingual pop artist for kids returns to the Santa Cruz County Fair. Starring Twinkle, sporting her signature bright orange pigtails, the show features her two best friends; Happy, a clumsy and shy bookworm that loves science, and Lil Hoopz, who is blissfully aloof and loves anything sports or competitive. The trio performs wearing wacky colored clothing and puts on a show that will get kids and parents jumping to their feet to dance and sing along.


Brad's World Reptiles

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Unique and mysterious, reptiles, amphibians, and other exotic animals raise both hairs and curiosities. It is through this interest that Brad's World Reptiles create exhibits and programs that offer an unusual and memorable educational experience by making it a fun, entertaining, and interactive adventure.

 

 


Location: 2601 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville Map
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Fruit Trees for Every Garden.
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Orin Martin shares his wisdom, experience, and advice in his new book, Fruit Trees for Every Garden.
Date: 09/15/2019 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm


Orin Martin's Book Launch Party

 

Orin Martin shares his wisdom, experience, and advice in his new book, Fruit Trees for Every Garden.

 

Celebrate with us at the UCSC Hay Barn on Sunday, September 15, 2019 from 4-6pm! 

Enjoy a book reading and signing by Orin and artwork by Stephanie Martin on display and for sale. Refreshments will be available, plus a pie potluck. Bring your favorite fruit pie if you can!

This event is free and open to the public. Free parking will be available. For directions and information on parking, visit https://casfs.ucsc.edu/about/directions.html. For more information, call 831-459-3240 or email casfs@ucsc.edu. We hope to see you there!


Fruit Trees for Every Garden: An Organic Approach to Growing Apples, Pears, Peaches, Plums, Citrus, and More by Orin & Manjula Martin
Published by 10 Speed Press/Penguin Random House
Illustrations by Stephanie Martin
Photos by Elizabeth Birnbaum

Available now for pre-order. Signed copies will be available at the event.

 

"Here you have all the practical tools to create your own orchard of any size-information on rootstocks, pruning, thinning, and a thrilling array of varieties-but moreover, you have Orin's wise and gently wry voice to guide you through it."  -Alice Waters

 

"An excellent guide for those of us who are 'addicted' to the joys, pleasures, and sweat of growing tree fruit-a sweet blend of the skills and art required to grow the perfect peach (or apple, citrus, fig ...)"  -David Mas Masumoto


Location: 1156 High St. , Santa Cruz Map
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The Pajaro Valley in the Mexican Era
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State Park Castro Adobe
Come on down to the Castro Adobe for a taste of summer on the San Andres!
Date: 09/15/2019 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Open House at the Castro Adobe: The Pajaro Valley in the Mexican Era

Sunday, September 15 from 11am to 3pm

Our Castro family came here in Spanish times, built their adobe just as California was becoming our 31st state. Their legacies remain today; but the Castro's heyday began with the Mexican land grant of Rancho San Andrés and the height of cattle ranching in the Pájaro Valley. Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with us and catch a glimpse of our future, already in progress. This hidden jewel in the Pájaro Valley is currently an active construction site as the adobe building is being repaired and is open only during scheduled events. Free event; limited parking (carpooling encouraged). Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
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Birding for Beginners
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State Park Henry Cowell
A Walk in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park with a Park Naturalist
Date: 09/15/2019 at 9:00am


Birding for Beginners

Sunday, September 15 at 8am

Join birder extraordinaire Jim Williams for a tranquil morning filled with our little flying friends! Learn about the birds in our park, receive a Henry Cowell RSP birding brochure, and begin your career as an energized birder! Make sure to bring water, comfortable footwear, and a keen eye and/or ears! Meet in the main parking lot of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, located off highway 9. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Campground, Graham Hill, Felton Map
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Apple-A-Day
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Felton Farmers Market
Join us for a flurry of activities for kids and adults alike.
Date: 09/17/2019 from 2:30pm to 6:30pm


The Felton Farmers' Market

The Felton Farmers' Market was started in 1987 and is the second oldest market in Santa Cruz County. In 2009, SCCFM took over operations and has since increased the variety of certified organic fruits and vegetables, artisan foods and implemented the EBT/SNAP benefit program.

 

This seasonal market is a favorite for the communities living in the San Lorenzo Valley and is located in the heart of downtown Felton on Hwy 9. Considered the most kid friendly market in the area, the market provides a centrally located space for parents to leave their  young ones, who can draw, play or get their faces painted. The market is a perfect place for families to come and enjoy the day.

 

For more information, visit us.


Location: 120 Russell Ave, Felton Map
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Community Free Day at the Seymour Center
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Enjoy free admission all day!
Date: 09/17/2019 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A September 2019) Seymour_logo_Sept2019.jpgEnjoy free admission to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center during Community Free Day on September 17, 10 AM to 5 PM!

Come touch a friendly shark, see how marine scientists work, and take in the spectacular Monterey Bay. The Seymour Center's exhibit hall offers a deeper dive into the adventure of ocean research here in Santa Cruz and around the world. Visit us and explore the fascinating world of marine science and conservation. We look forward to meeting you!

Sponsored by: Monterey Bay Seaglass


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Seminario de Triple P: Cmo criar hijos seguros y capaces
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Triple P
Obtener consejos para ayudar a sus hijos: Desarrollar buenas habilidades comunicativas y sociales ...
Date: 09/17/2019 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Gratis
Special Instructions: Phone number: (831) 724-2997 x212. En Espaol.

Seminario de Triple P: Cómo criar hijos seguros y capaces
martes, el 17 de septiembre, 5:30 - 7 pm
Los Seminarios de Triple P ofrecen consejos para padres generales que se pueden utilizar en una amplia gama de situaciones. Este seminario es el segundo de una serie de tres. Puede asistir a uno, dos o los tres de los seminarios de la serie.

Asista a Cómo criar hijos seguros y capaces para obtener consejos para ayudar a sus hijos: Aprenda a tratar a los demás con respeto; Desarrollar buenas habilidades comunicativas y sociales; Desarrollar una autoestima saludable.

Este seminario es gratis y abierto al público. Inscríbase para reservar su lugar y obtener el cuidado de sus niños gratis. Se proporcionarán bocadillos ligeros para niños y adultos.
Presentado en español por: Liliana Zamora - Puentes de Comunidad, La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios
Ubicación: Nueva Vista Recursos Comunitarios, 711 E. Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz
Para inscribirse: Comuníquese con Liliana Zamora al (831) 724-2997 x212 o lilianaz@cbridges.org o vea el calendario en http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: Nueva Vista Recursos Comunitario, 711 E. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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California on Fire
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Rio Theater
The Past, Present & Future of Fire Ecology in the Golden State
Date: 09/19/2019 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm


(0 A August 2019) Rio-CaliforniaonFire.jpgThe Past, Present & Future of Fire Ecology in the Golden State

Fire is a hot button issue in California, with over 2 million households living in high or extreme risk of wildfires. In 2018, California experienced 8,054 wildfires, with over 1.8 million acres burned. All of the top 10 costliest wildland fires in U.S. history occurred within the state of California. Yet fire in California is nothing new. Our habitats have developed alongside continual exposure to fire and people have managed our state's landscapes with fire for millennia.

During this lecture, fire ecologist Tom Parker will present an overview of the California landscape, exploring how climate, soil variation, and plant adaptations to fire impact the frequency and severity of wildfires in California. A panel discussion will follow with representatives from the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, CalFire, and the County of Santa Cruz. During this discussion we will explore the benefits and dangers of California wildfires, past and current management tactics, disaster preparedness in Santa Cruz County, and fire resiliency in California.

 

Show time: 7:00 PM, doors 6:00 PM
Tickets: $10 Gen, $25 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.blackbaudhosting.com
Event website: www.santacruzmuseum.org/california-on-fire


Location: 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Triple P-families with children w/special needs, Mealtime Tips
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Triple P
Attend this Stepping Stones Triple P Workshop to learn: How to teach children to feed themselves independently ...
Date: 09/19/2019 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Phone number: (831) 724-2997 x211.

Stepping Stones Triple P Workshop for families with children with special needs: Tips for Mealtimes
Thursday, September 19, 5:30 - 7 pm
Stepping Stones Triple P offers parenting support for families with children with special needs, such as ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome and other developmental delays. Stepping Stones Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues. Attend this Stepping Stones Triple P Workshop to learn: How to teach children to feed themselves independently; Tips for handling challenging behaviors at mealtimes; How to encourage children to eat a wider variety of healthy foods; Tips for handling other issues that make mealtimes challenging for children with special needs.

This Stepping Stones Triple P Workshop is FREE and open to the public. Free child care is available with advance registration. Light snacks will be provided for children and adults.

Presented in English by Sandra Rodelo, Community Bridges - La Manzana Community Resources
Location: Live Oak Community Resources, Small Conference Room, 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz (Live Oak)
To register: Contact Sandra Rodelo at (831) 724-2997 x211 or sandrar@cbridges.org or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Ave, Small Conference Room, , Santa Cruz (Live Oak) Map
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Legally Speaking: Self-Help Litigation
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Library Central
Legally Speaking: Self-Help Litigation
Date: 09/19/2019 from 6:00pm to 7:15pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

Representatives from the Santa Cruz Superior Court Self Help Center, the Santa Cruz County Law Library and the Lawyer Referral Service of Santa Cruz, will discuss the services they offer, as well as, legal resources available in our community. The program will address options for individuals interested in representing themselves in legal matters, as well as referrals for those who are looking for legal advice and representation.


Location: Downtown Branch Library, 224 Church St., Santa Cruz Map
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Hidden Gems: Flowers of Big Basin!
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State Park Big Basin
Yes! Wildflowers are still here!
Date: 09/21/2019 at 10:00am
Ages: 5+ or able to hike 3 miles Admission Fees: free

Hidden Gems: Flowers of Big Basin!

Saturday, September 21 at 10am

There are many less-famous, yet still beautiful, plants in the redwood forest. Join docent Kathy Willott on this four-mile, three-hour walk and meet some of the hidden gems of Big Basin! Bring water and lunch. Meet at park headquarters. Heavy rain cancels. 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: Rancho del Oso Gate, Wadell Creek Map
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Meteor Trail Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike.
Date: 09/21/2019 at 10:30am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: See specific days & times

Meteor Trail Hike

Friday, September 6 at 10am

Saturday, September 21 at 10:30am

Join a Big Basin docent on one of our most diverse hikes-by mountain streams, oak woodlands, chaparral, and redwoods. We'll discuss forests, flowers, and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike. This somewhat strenuous ascent is rewarded with ocean views on a clear day. Bring water, lunch, and good hiking shoes. Meet at park headquarters. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Building Methods at the Mission
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State Park Mission
Get your hands dirty and make your own mini adobe brick
Date: 09/21/2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm


Building Methods at the Mission

 

Saturday, September 21 from 1 to 2pm

Come and see how the oldest building in town was made. We will look at the materials used by the Ohlone to build their

Come and see how the oldest building in town was made. We will look at the materials used by the Ohlone to build their homes and then at the materials used by the Spanish to build Mission Santa Cruz. You will have the chance to get your hands dirty and make your own mini abode brick. Rain cancels. Free event. For more information, call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: School St, 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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Family Day at the Monterey Bay Birding Festival
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Get to know native avian wildlife for free at Monterey Bay Birding Festival on Family Day!
Date: 09/21/2019 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Enjoy free family fun at the Monterey Bay Birding Festival's Family Day! Visit the Community Room of the Watsonville Civic Plaza to enjoy free crafts and activities noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, September 21, 2019. Organizations from around the Monterey Bay area will gather to help you explore the curious world of birds through interactive games, crafts, activities, and presentations. Learn more at montereybaybirding.org.

Featured organizations:

Bird School Project
Elkhorn Slough Foundation
Full Circle Falconry
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Watsonville Nature Center
Watsonville Wetlands Watch
Ventana Wildlife Society
& more!


Location: Watsonville Civil Plaza, Communi, 275 Main Street , Watsonville Map
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Boardwalk Fiesta en la Playa
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Beach Boardwalk
Mariachis, folklorico dancers, and a free beach concert. Enjoy Boardwalk rides and games plus fun food and beverage specials thr
Date: 09/21/2019


Boardwalk Fiesta en la Playa - It's a fiesta at the beach!

Come celebrate the vibrant traditions of the Latino community with mariachis, folklorico dancers, and a free beach concert. Enjoy Boardwalk rides and games plus fun food and beverage specials throughout the park.

 

¡Vamos a la playa!

 

Event Schedule

  • 11am-8pm:  Rides & Games Open
  • 12pm, 2pm & 4pm:  Mariachis on Neptune's Stage
  • 1pm & 3pm:  Folklórico Dancers on Neptune's Stage
  • 6pm-7:30pm:  Sonora Dinamita Show on the Beach Bandstand

Free Entertainment

Sonora Dinamita Show

This exciting Colombian group plays cumbia, a Latin American music genre. As one of the first cumbia groups to reach international success, they are credited with helping to popularize the genre around the world. Their successful recordings include the classic "Mi Cucu".

While the group's lineup has changed over the years, it always features a strong female vocalist and several male vocalists to accompany their amazing brass instrumentation. Sonora Dinamita continues to perform worldwide!

El Mariachi Juvenil Corazon Jalisciense

Mariachi Juvenil Corazon Jalisciense is a passionate group of young musicians with strong Mexican roots. They wear the Mariachi suit with pride as they share the beautiful states of Mexico through their music.

Folklórico Corazon en Flor

Elda and Esteban Ortiz founded Corazon en Flor in 1990 to cultivate an appreciation of Mexico's rich Folklórico dance traditions and to develop authentic and proficient lifetime dancers in Santa Cruz County.


Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Community Poetry Circle
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Library Scotts Valley
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
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Stargazing at Pigeon Point
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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
Date: 09/21/2019 at 7:00pm
Ages: All

Stargazing at Pigeon Point

Saturday, September 21 at 7pm

Join a State Park Interpreter after dark to explore the night sky and learn about the history of Pigeon Point Light Station. Telescopes will be provided by the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club, and topics include astronomy, light pollution, maritime navigation, lighthouse functions, and nocturnal animals. Spend an evening gazing at the stars while learning about local life on Earth. Bring water, snacks, and warm clothes. Meet in the picnic area. Free event. For more information, call (650) 879-2120. Event made possible by Hostelling International USA, Santa Cruz Astronomy Club, Coastside State Parks Association, and California State Parks.


Location: 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
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Snakes Alive!
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State Park Big Basin
Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like?
Date: 09/21/2019 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All

Snakes Alive!

 

Saturday, September 21 from noon to 3pm

Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, and hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Sempervirens Room at park headquarters, meet docent Diane Shaw and her snake, and learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Free event.

 

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

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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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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Old Time Music Jam
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Toneway Project
Play, listen, dance! Ocean View Park
Date: The 4th Su of every month at 1:00pm


Bring yourselves out to the 4th Sunday Old Time Music Jam under the trees and in the fresh air at Ocean View Park in Santa Cruz! An all-ages, dog-friendly gathering for experts, learners, and lovers of American old time music. Featuring fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, mountain dulcimer and other traditional acoustic instruments, this welcoming gathering keeps alive a rich American musical tradition. Don't be shy. Bring your instruments and come play!

 

Free. Bring a sweater, a folding chair, and a snack to share.

 

Looking for music and ideas for getting started? Check out the ToneWay Project: https://toneway.com/

In the event of rain or cold, the jam moves inside at a private home near the park.


Location: Ocean View Park, 102 Ocean View Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Loneliness: Were Still Here
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MAH
There's an invisible epidemic on the rise in Santa Cruz County's senior population. And it's something you may have felt before,
Date: Every day (Apr 5-Sep 22)


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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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


Transforming Empathy into Action

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

 

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

 

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


Telling Stories Through Art

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Admission Fees

$10 General Admission

$8 Students

Free for MAH members and children under 5.

Free on the First Friday of each month


Location: 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Monterey Bay Birding Festival
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Monterey Bay Birding Festival
Join one of the most spectacular birding and wildlife venues in North America- the tenth annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival.
Date: Every day (Sep 20-Sep 22) from 6:00am to 5:00pm


(0 A September 2018) BeltedKingfisher.jpgFrom soaring golden eagles, effortlessly gliding California condors, cheeky bushtits, gorgeous Townsend's warblers, scampering snowy plovers, to thousands of sooty shearwaters streaming along the ocean's surface, few places can match the diversity of species as the Monterey Bay region. September marks the peak of fall migration, with wintering shorebirds arriving en masse. Warblers and other passerines are doing the same, and we even start seeing the first appearances of wintering ducks and other waterfowl. Meanwhile, just a few miles offshore, jaegers, shearwaters, and alcid are present in good numbers. There's no better time to visit the Monterey Bay area to see the greatest number of species or to find a rarity.
   
Serious birding enthusiasts can add to their lists California specialty life-list birds such as the California Thrasher, California Towhee, Bell's Sparrow, Oak Titmouse, Nuttall's Woodpecker, Elegant Tern, and the endangered California Condor. Local birders will have unusual access to private lands on some trips, and new birders will find supportive leaders and trips to boost skills quickly.

 

Designed for both seasoned and beginning birders, as well as outdoor lovers, the festival offers a unique opportunity to explore, learn, and appreciate world-class habitats such as the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Elkhorn Slough National Marine Estuary, and Pinnacles National Monument. Specially designed field trips will take participants to Big Sur to see California condors. Join a pelagic trip to witness one of the world's most productive regions for albatrosses, shearwaters, storm-petrels and more. Jump into a kayak and get closer to nature or take a scenic ride at Elkhorn Slough Safari. All field trips are led by top-quality, friendly leaders.


Location: Civic Plaza, 275 Main St, Watsonville Map
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Redwoods and Climate Change
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State Park Big Basin
Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, geology, history and more on this fun, varied hike with researcher Zane Moore
Date: Every Su (Sep 1-Sep 22) at 2:00pm
Ages: All

Redwoods and Climate Change

Sunday, September 1 at 2pm

Sunday, September 8 at 2pm

Sunday, September 22 at 2pm

How have coast redwoods adapted to the natural environment? Can they adapt to a human-altered environment? How can we make a difference? Answer these questions and more during a Sunday saunter. Walk through the ancient old-growth forest with a docent and discuss our relationship with the forest and the prospective future. Meet at the visitor center. Recommended for age 12 and older. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Money Mondays
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Library Central
Learn how to make money work for you!
Date: The 4th Mon of every month (May 13-Nov 25) from 5:15pm to 6:30pm
Ages: Teens and Adults Admission Fees: Free

Lisa Bennett wants the next generation to rule the world financially! Come gain understanding of the importance of your personal money mindset, financial planning, credit, insurance, and the necessary education you need to make money work FOR you!


Location: Downtown Branch Library, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Grupo de Triple P de 8 Sesiones: para familias con adolescentes
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Triple P
Aprender estrategias sencillas que le ayudarn a: Construir relaciones positivas con su adolescente ...
Date: Every Tues (Aug 13-Oct 1) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: Free, Gratis
Special Instructions: (831) 724-2997 x220. En Espaol

Grupo de Triple P de 8 Sesiones: para familias con adolescentes
Cada martes, del 13 de agosto al 1 de octubre, 6 - 8 pm
Asista a este Grupo de Triple P de 8 semanas para conocer a otras familias con adolescentes y aprender estrategias sencillas que le ayudarán a: Construir relaciones positivas con su adolescente; Entender y reconocer las influencias diarias en el comportamiento de su adolescente; Responder a los retos de crianza con calma y consistencia; Enseñarle a su adolescente cómo resolver problemas y hacer frente a situaciones de riesgo; Tener más confianza sobre la crianza de su adolescente.

Este Grupo es gratis y abierto al público. Inscríbase para reservar su lugar y obtener el cuidado de sus niños gratis. Se proporcionarán bocadillos ligeros para niños y adultos.

Presentado en español por: Gladys Gómez, Puentes de la Comunidad - La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios
Ubicación: Ceiba College Prep Academy, 260 W. Riverside Dr, Watsonville
Para inscribirse: Comuníquese con Gladys Gómez al (831) 724-2997 x220 o gladysg@cbridges.org o vea el calendario en http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: Ceiba College Prep Academy, 260 W. Riverside Dr., Watsonville Map
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SLVNew Parents Support Group
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Birth Network
Date: Every Tues from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Admission Fees: free

Parents and their newborns are welcome! Led by postpartum doulas, lactation counselors and an AMFT.

Make friends.

Get answers to questions.

Find reassurance!


Location: Mountain Community Resurces, 6134 Highway 9, Felton Map
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Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 yrs.) class
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 years)
Date: Every Tues (Aug 27-Oct 15) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: adults Admission Fees: $100 per person and $10 per child per class session for childcare

Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 yrs.) intensive class series

What: This 8-week (8-hour) class series (tailored specifically for parents of preschoolers) provides parents with all the concepts and tools needed to implement Positive Discipline in the home/family setting.  Some of the prominent themes include early child brain development, social emotional learning, belonging and significance as innate social needs, the essential nature of long-term positive parent-child relationships, mutual respect, modeling behaviors, authoritative parenting styles that use kindness and firmness at the same time, connection before correction, the criteria for effective discipline, agreements and follow-through, non-violent communication, family meetings, routines, and the internal locus of control that guides parents and children alike to practice self-regulation.  

  
Facilitated by Colleen Murphy, Certified Positive Discipline Trainer, ECE co-op teacher with over 16 years of ECE teaching experience both with children and as a parent educator.


Contact: Call 831-476-7284 x107 group rates, couples specials, scholarships, and other info.

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Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Seminario de Triple P: Cmo criar hijos resistentes
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Liliana Zamora - Puentes de Comunidad, La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios
Consejos para ayudar a los nios a desarrollar importantes habilidades socio-emocionales ...
Date: 09/24/2019 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Gratis
Special Instructions: Phone number: (831) 724-2997 x212. En Espaol.

Seminario de Triple P: Cómo criar hijos resistentes
martes, el 24 de septiembre, 5:30 - 7 pm
Los Seminarios de Triple P ofrecen consejos para padres generales que se pueden utilizar en una amplia gama de situaciones. Este seminario es el tercero de una serie de tres. Puede asistir a uno, dos o los tres de los seminarios de la serie.

Asista a Cómo criar hijos resistentes para obtener consejos para ayudar a los niños a desarrollar importantes habilidades socio-emocionales, tales como: Reconocer y expresar emociones de maneras saludables; Desarrollar formas positivas de pensar en sí mismos y en el mundo que los rodea; y Hacer frente a emociones difíciles y situaciones estresantes.

Este seminario es gratis y abierto al público. Inscríbase para reservar su lugar y obtener el cuidado de sus niños gratis. Se proporcionarán bocadillos ligeros para niños y adultos.

Presentado en español por: Liliana Zamora - Puentes de Comunidad, La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios
Ubicación: Nueva Vista Recursos Comunitarios, 711 E. Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz
Para inscribirse: Comuníquese con Liliana Zamora al (831) 724-2997 x212 o lilianaz@cbridges.org o vea el calendario en http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: Nueva Vista Recursos Comunitario, 711 E. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Hidden Gems Film Club
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Not your ordinary film club!
Date: The 4th Tues of every month at 6:30pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

The Santa Cruz Public Libraries invite you to an evening of cinema. Come enjoy these "hidden gems." Every 4th Tuesday, see foreign films, documentaries, independents and even some mainstream movies you might have missed! If you wish, bring a snack to enjoy, and participate in the discussion!

 

​5:30PM Doors Open
​6:00PM Screening

Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Programs: 831-427-7717

EMAIL: cinephile95060@gmail.com

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HIDDEN GEMS FILM CLUB: NOT YOUR ORDINARY FILM CLUB!

Pop-up screenings of foreign language, arthouse, independent and documentary films hosted by the Santa Cruz Public Library branches - a celebration of cinema


Location: Aptos Branch Library, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Nutrition Talk with Rebecca Hazelton
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Library Scotts Valley
Nutrition Talk with Rebecca Hazelton
Date: 09/24/2019 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

3 Keys to Healing Your Gut & Boosting Your Health: Your Path to weight loss, more energy, & unstoppable health!

Rebecca Hazelton of Choosing Health Now (http://choosinghealthnow.com/) will help you Discover Your Best Health.

· How the health of your gut is the #1 most important thing to creating unstoppable health

· THE 3 MAIN TYPES OF GUT STRESS THAT ARE UNDERMINING YOUR HEALTH AND CAUSING YOUR SYMPTOMS.

· 3 POWERFUL KEYS YOU NEED TO TRANSFORM YOUR GUT HEALTH, ENERGY, and WEIGHT, & FIX YOUR SYMPTOMS

· FREE GIFT TO REDUCE YOUR STRESS, STRENGTHEN YOUR GUT, & HELP YOU HAVE UNSTOPPABLE HEALTH!


Location: Scotts Valley Branch Library, 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Code.org at Live Oak Library
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Library Live Oak
We will learn the fundamentals of computer science through games.
Date: Every Wed (Sep 5-Dec 11) from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Ages: Ages 8-18 Admission Fees: Free

Join us for an hour of coding! Immerse yourself in a world of your choosing- be it Minecraft, Star Wars, Frozen or other fantasy worlds . Utilizing block code, we will learn the fundamentals of computer science through games. Ages 8 to 18. Not registration required. Space available on a first come first served basis. For more information contact: Julie Soto sotoj@Santacruzpl.org 831-427-7700 x 7649 or Live Oak Library 831-427-7711


Location: Live Oak Branch Library, 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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CodeCombat
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Library Central
CodeCombat is a real game that teaches learners of all ages to code by playing through levels and quickly mastering programming
Date: Every Wed (Sep 11-Jan 22) from 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Ages: Ages 10 -18 Admission Fees: Free

SCPL's CodeCombat Coding Club is a once weekly meetup where we use online, game-based coding to learn JavaScript and Python. CodeCombat is a real game that teaches learners of all ages to code by playing through levels and quickly mastering programming concepts. It's not just gamification with bells and whistles, it's democratizing learning to code by making the process more accessible and engaging than ever before! Learners write code, execute it and see their changes in real-time! Ages 10-18.

Space is limited and registration is required. Register online: https://santacruzpl.libcal.com/event/5727262, by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.


Location: Downtown Branch Library, 224 Church St., SAnta Cruz Map
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Baby Laptime
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Library Freedom
English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months
Date: Every Wed at 10:30am
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: no cost

(0 A November 2018) Wats_BabyLaptime.jpgSocialization & Literacy


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

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Freedom Branch 

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

 


Location: 2021 Freedom Blvd, Freedom Map
Phone: (831)768-3420 •website Freedom create a direct event link
Felton Farmers Market
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
Join us for a flurry of activities for kids and adults alike.
Date: Every Wed (May 7-Oct 29) from 2:30pm to 6:30pm


The Felton Farmers' Market

The Felton Farmers' Market was started in 1987 and is the second oldest market in Santa Cruz County. In 2009, SCCFM took over operations and has since increased the variety of certified organic fruits and vegetables, artisan foods and implemented the EBT/SNAP benefit program.

This seasonal market is a favorite for the communities living in the San Lorenzo Valley and is located in the heart of downtown Felton on Hwy 9. Considered the most kid friendly market in the area, the market provides a centrally located space for parents to leave their  young ones, who can draw, play or get their faces painted. The market is a perfect place for families to come and enjoy the day.

 

The 2019 Season

The Felton Farmers' Market reopens May 7th. Join us for our annual Free Strawberry Shortcake celebration and check out our seasonal line up. New this season, Tacos El Chuy joins the market offering what many consider the best tacos anywhere. All of your favorite farms are returning and many of our smaller growers from 2018 are bigger and better this season. We also have multiple rotating booths offering products like locally made New York style bagels, fresh jams and mustard, basque inspired pastries and specialty sauces to name a few.

 

The Felton Farmers' Market brings out your favorite farms weekly, showcasing the best in regional organic produce, pasture raised meats and eggs. This is truly a local market with San Lorenzo Valley-based farms like Old House and R&K Honey. RoliRoti, the country's first and finest gourmet rotisserie food truck, serves sustainably-farmed meats and organic produce at their seasonal best. Local favorite, The Penny Ice Creamery serves up unique flavors like whiskey custard, peach sorbet and honey yogurt persimmon.  See you all soon for the 2019 season.

 

For more information, visit us.


Location: 120 Russell Ave, Felton Map
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Family Story Time
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Library Boulder Creek
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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STEAM
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Library Watsonville
Join us for STEAM!
Date: Every Wed at 3:00pm
Ages: 8-12

(0 A November 2018) Wats-STEAM.jpgSTEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) in the Library will be for ages 8-12.

Participants will learn about and make (electronic) creations from Little Bits kits with the help of staff from the Environmental Science workshop.

This is an ongoing program and the kits will be re-used every time - creations will be photographed and displayed. Then projects will be taken apart and used to create something else the following week- unfortunately children will not be able to take their creations home. You can purchase a set from the official Little Bits website.

Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m.
Main Library Children Room


Location: 275 Main Street, Suite #100, Watsonville Map
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Growing a Healthy Family: A Holistic Nutrition Class Series for
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Holistic Family Nutrition Jill Troderman
Discover and awaken your inner drive for you and your family to be and feel well utilizing plant-based foods.
Date: Every Wed (Sep 4-Sep 25) from 9:00am to 11:00am
Ages: Adult Admission Fees: $189

Summers end is fast approaching and that means school is on the horizon. I am inviting parents to an upcoming parent nutrition education series that will support you in feeding your kids this upcoming school year.

What better way to make sure your family is getting all the nutrition it needs to do and feel their best. Our class is being held in Soquel, CA outside of Santa Cruz in a beautiful private mountain setting. This will be a truly unique and wonderful experience to be shared with other parents.

Learn the basics of holistic nutrition and develop healthy, mindful eating habits that highlight nutritious plant-based foods utilizing The Food Tree mind, body, soul approach. Learn how to empower your children toward healthier eating. Teach them to become critical thinkers while exploring positive wellness and lifestyle techniques.

Do you wonder if your kids are eating a well-balanced diet? Do you have questions about the latest health and diet trends? Is there a daily struggle where you have to beg, bribe, or trick your kids to eat anything healthy? Do you feel guilty that you "give in" and feed your child "kid" foods (mac n cheese in all forms, anyone!)? Do your kids experience overweight or obesity, have digestive issues or feel worried, concerned, or anxious? Or, do you or your partner experience those feelings?

Walking the path towards optimal health is one of the best gifts you can give yourself and your children. In this workshop for parents, you will discover and awaken your inner drive for you and your family to be and feel well utilizing plant-based foods.

Considering that one-third of all Americans are overweight or obese (National Institutes of Health) and half of all children suffer from at least one chronic disease, many of us could use a little support in raising a thriving family. Growing a Healthy Family with Holistic Nutrition is based on the holistic nutrition philosophy that eating well and feeling your best is more than what you put in your mouth, but about your interconnection to your mind, body, and soul.

In each class, we will dive into the nutrition basics of one of The Food Tree's Five Food Groups. We will utilize The Food Tree Holistic Nutrition Guide to help you design a satisfying and realistic holistic food and lifestyle plan for your family. We will discuss common childhood health issues including improving digestion, boosting immunity, and addressing mood-related disorders like anxiety and depression. We will explore inspiring soul-based lessons and then I will do a cooking demonstration featuring the foods from the food group of that week.


Location: Holistic Family Nutrition , 482 Sundance Hill, Soquel Map
Phone: (831) 239-1021 •websitecreate a direct event link
Bystander CPR Class
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Aptos/LaSelva Fire
Teens are welcome to register for this class as long as they are accompanied by an adult who is also registered.
Date: 09/26/2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: Adults & Teens with Participatin

We've added a Bystander CPR class to our calendar!

 

Our next Bystander CPR class will be Thursday, September 26th from 6PM-8PM. There is no fee to attend. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, call our Administration Office at (831) 685-6690 during regular business hours.

 

Teens are welcome to register for this class as long as they are accompanied by an adult who is also registered.

 

To get notified about upcoming classes as they are added to the calendar, sign up for our mailing list here: http://aptosfire.com/list.aspx?ListID=224

 


Location: 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Drop-in Support for New Moms
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Family Tree Wellness
Join us for a safe, confidential drop-in support group for moms of infants and babies up to 8 months old to share postpartum...
Date: Every Th from 10:00am to 11:30am


Join us for a safe, confidential drop-in support group for moms of infants and babies up to 8 months old to share postpartum highs and lows. Pregnant mothers and mothers in recovery welcome. Free parking and snacks available.

We welcome women who find the challenges of pregnancy and motherhood to be different than they expected, those who are surprised at the complexity of their experience and want a safe place to think out loud and to learn more about this unique time of life.

Facilitated by therapists from Family Tree Wellness

Contact: info@supportingmamas.org or call/text (408) 475-4408 or Family Tree Wellness at (408) 345-5572


Location: 431 Monterey Ave, Suite 7, Los Gatos Map
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Bilingual Learn & Play
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Watsonville PAL
WPAL brings to you our new TODDLER PROGRAM.
Date: Every Th from 10:30am to 11:30am


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WPAL brings to you our new TODDLER PROGRAM.

Bilingual Learn & Play will start February 21st on Thursdays at our PAL Gym - 130 Rodriguez St 10:30 - 11:30am.

More than just a play group, Learn & Play is offered as a free resource to provide early childhood education through a structured circle time followed by play based learning activities and opportunities for social connection.

We are so excited to bring this fun and interactive program to our community!

Please feel free to call us if you have any questions (831) 763-4147


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Location: PAL Gym, 130 Rodriguez St, Watsonville Map
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Mothersong with Joya
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Mothersong Santa Cruz
A multi-cultural sing-a-long for families with babies
Date: Every Wed and Th at 9:15am
Ages: Babies 0-3 with parents Admission Fees: Adults / $7 - $12, Children / Free
Special Instructions: Every Wednesday and Thursday Morning: 9:15-10:15 and 10:30-11:30

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Every Wednesday and Thursday Morning: 9:15-10:15 and 10:30-11:30
Every 1st Sunday of the Month: 10:30-11:30


Directions:  Leaving town on River St, cross Hwy 1. Turn right into the driveway after all the red buildings. The sign says 1060 on it. Park in labeled Guest Parking places.   Walk between the big red buildings on the right.  Look for #111.  There's a ramp for strollers.  Enter the metal gate.  Follow signs.  Art Bar Cafe is next door.

 

All classes are one hour long.  Adults / $7 - $12, Children / Free


Location: Tannery World Dance, 1060 River St #110, Santa Cruz Map
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Taller de Triple P: Viajando con sus nios
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Triple P
Las razones comunes del por qu viajar puede ser difcil para los nios; Estrategias de crianza positiva para prevenir problemas
Date: 09/26/2019 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Gratis
Special Instructions: Phone number: (831) 724-2997 x211. En Espaol.

Taller de Triple P: Viajando con sus niños jueves, el 26 de septiembre, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Los talleres de Triple P ofrecen consejos prácticos y estrategias para manejar las preguntas y desafíos de crianza específicas. Los padres pueden asistir a tantos talleres sobre cualquier tema que se interese.

Asista a este taller de crianza para aprender: Las razones comunes del por qué viajar puede ser difícil para los niños; Estrategias de crianza positiva para prevenir problemas antes de que ocurran; Consejos para mantener la calma y manejar las conductas desafiantes mientras viajan con sus niños.

Este taller es gratis y abierto al público. Inscríbase para reservar su lugar y obtener el cuidado de sus niños gratis. Se proporcionarán aperitivos para niños y adultos.

Presentado en español por: Sandra Rodelo - Puentes de Comunidad, La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios
Ubicación: La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios, 521 Main St, Salón E, Watsonville
Para inscribirse: Comuníquese con Sandra Rodelo al (831) 724-2997 x211 o sandrar@cbridges.org o vea el calendario en http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios, 521 Main St, Saln E, Watsonville Map
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Navigating the Teen Years with Positive Discipline
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Build a respectful parenting connection and discover an effective alternative to punishments and rewards!
Date: Every Th (Sep 19-Oct 10) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: $60 per person -- $100 couples special

Navigating the Teen Years with Positive Discipline intensive class series

This 4-week (8-hour) intensive class series (tailored specifically for parents of teens and tweens, as well as for coaches and teachers) provides all the concepts and tools needed to implement Positive Discipline in the home/family/school setting.  Some of the prominent themes include the adolescent brain, social-emotional learning, seeking identity, belonging, and significance, the essential role of parents during this very challenging time, mutual respect, establishing and upholding limits around screentime, connection before correction, power struggles, and talking with tweens/teens about sex and drugs. 

  
Facilitated by Bret Smith, Performance Consultant and Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator


Cost: $60 per person -- $100 couples special -- $30 per person if taken as a refresher. $20 for the PD book which is sold separately and is optional.


Contact: Call 831-476-7284 x107 for group rates, couples specials, scholarships, and other info.

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Location: Harbor High School Career Center, 300 La Fonda Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Kids Create!
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Library Garfield Park
Explore where science meets art with a new STEAM based project every week, and leave the mess at the library!
Date: Every Th (Sep 4-Dec 12) from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Ages: Ages 5 - 12 Admission Fees: Free

Explore where science meets art with a new STEAM based project every week, and leave the mess at the library!

Every Thursday beginning September 19th. Program runs through December 12th. No program on October 31st or November 28th. For kids 5 - 12 years old.

Check the online calendar for the project of the week: https://www.santacruzpl.org/calendar/


Location: Garfield Park Branch Library, 705 Woodrow Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Preschool Story Time
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Library Central
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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Lego NXT Robotics
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Lego NXT Robotics
Date: Every Th (Sep 12-Dec 12) from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Ages: Ages 8-18 Admission Fees: Free

With a focus on creative and engineering skills, kids ages 8-18 will learn about robotics and programming. We will break into teams of two, build our robots, program them over the course of several weeks and then use original programming for a robot battle at the end. Space is limited and registration is required. Register online: https://santacruzpl.libcal.com/event/5740359, by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.
Location: Branciforte Branch Library, 230 Gault St., Santa Cruz Map
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Code.org at Aptos Library
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Library Aptos
Immerse yourself in a world of your choosing- be it Minecraft, Star Wars, Frozen or other fantasy worlds.
Date: Every Th (Sep 12-Dec 19) from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Ages: Ages 8-18 Admission Fees: Free

Join us for an hour of coding! Immerse yourself in a world of your choosing- be it Minecraft, Star Wars, Frozen or other fantasy worlds . Utilizing block code, we will learn the fundamentals of computer science through games. Ages 8 to 18. No registration required. Space available on a first come first served basis.


Location: Aptos Branch Library, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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8-Week Triple P Group: for Families with Teens
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Triple P
Meet other families and learn simple strategies to help you: Build a positive relationship with your teen ...
Date: Every Th (Sep 5-Oct 24) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Phone number: (831) 335-6600, ext 6605

8-Week Triple P Group: for Families with Teens
Thursdays, September 5 - 26 & October 24, 2019, 6 - 8 pm
(with 1:1 phone consultations the weeks of October 3 - 17)


Attend this 8-week Triple P Group to meet other families and learn simple strategies to help you: Build a positive relationship with your teen; Understand and recognize everyday influences on your teen's behaviors; Respond to parenting challenges calmly and consistently; Teach your teen how to solve problems and deal with risky situations; and Become more confident about raising a teenager.

This Triple P Group is free and open to the public. Child care will be provided if requested during registration. Light snacks will be provided for children and adults.

Presented in English by: Cori Burt, Community Bridges - Mountain Community Resources
Location: Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Highway 9, Felton
To register: Contact Cori Burt at (831) 335-6600, ext 6605 or corib@cbridges.org or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Highway 9, Felton Map
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Lego NXT Robotics
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Library Branciforte
Lego NXT Robotics
Date: Every Th (Sep 12-Dec 12) from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Ages: ages 8-18 Admission Fees: Free

With a focus on creative and engineering skills, kids ages 8-18 will learn about robotics and programming. We will break into teams of two, build our robots, program them over the course of several weeks and then use original programming for a robot battle at the end. Space is limited and registration is required. Register online: https://santacruzpl.libcal.com/event/5740359, by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.
Location: Branciforte Branch Library, 230 Gault Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Baby Laptime
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Library Watsonville
English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months
Date: Every Tues and Fri at 10:30am


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

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Freedom Branch 

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

 


Location: Storytime Room, 275 Main St, Watsonville Map
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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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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
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UCSC Farm & Garden's Market Cart
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UCSC Farm
Music along with kids' crafts, great food, an apple pie baking contest, hay ride
Date: Every Fri (Jun 7-Oct 25) from 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: $5 - $30

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

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

 

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

 


Location: 1156 High St. , Santa Cruz Map
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Preschool Storytme
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Library Aptos
Date: Every Fri from 10:00am to 11:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

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


Kids 3-5 years

 


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Children's Planetarium Show
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Hartnell Planetarium
Star programs for children
Date: Every Fri (Aug 30-Dec 13) at 5:15pm
Admission Fees: $4
Special Instructions: No late admittance. Be sure to show up 5-10 minutes early. Doors are locked shut at start times.

For over 40 years the planetarium at Hartnell College has opened its doors to the public for regular evening shows. In continuing this tradition please check out either our Children's show or our Evening show. It has also hosted events celebrating Halley's Comet, the Voyager Missions, and the New Horizons Flyby of Pluto. To find out more about such special events please check out our special events page.

 

FRIDAYS 5:15

August 30, Children's Show - Astronaut

September 6, Children's Show - Astronaut

September 13, Children's Show - Sesame Street: One World, One Sky

September 20,  No Public Shows

September 27, Children's Show - Sesame Street: One World, One Sky

October 4, Children's Show - Larry Cat in Space

October 11, Children's Show - Larry Cat in Space

October 18, Children's Show - The Little Star that Could

October 25, Children's Show - The Little Star that Could

November 1, Children's Show - Astronaut

November 8, Children's Show - Astronaut

November 15, Children's Show - Sesame Street: One World, One Sky

November 22, Children's Show - Sesame Street: One World, One Sky

December 6, Children's Show - Earth, Moon, and Sun

December 13, Children's Show - Earth, Moon, and Sun

 

Some general rules when visiting the planetarium:

  1. Do not be late, this is a one man operation and I physically cannot run the show and let people in at the same time.
  2. No food or drink. Water is fine.
  3. Cell phones on silent and put away. Even on the dimmest setting, cell phones light up the whole room. Please respect other peoples visit, leave them in your pocket.
  4. No light up shoes. While they may be adorable, they also light up the whole room. If you accidently bring your young one in illuminated footwear, please simply take the shoes off for the duration of the show.

Location: S-101 S Building, 411 CENTRAL AVE, Salinas Map
Phone: (831) 755-6979 •website Salinas create a direct event link
UCSC Farm & Garden's Market Cart
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UCSC Farm
Music along with kids' crafts, great food, an apple pie baking contest, hay ride
Date: Every Fri (Jun 7-Oct 25) from 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: $5 - $30

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

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

 

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

 


Location: 1156 High St. , Santa Cruz Map
Phone: Phone (831) 459-3240 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
All Ages Planetarium Show
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Hartnell College Planetarium
Our Evening Shows are geared towards an audience looking to explore more complex material while still enjoying a fun and enterta
Date: Every Fri (Aug 30-Dec 13) at 6:45pm
Ages: Mature 3rd graders and up Admission Fees: $5
Special Instructions: Pay at the door by cash or check only. Discounts for Seniors, Military and all students. Doors open fifteen minutes before show time.

For over 40 years the planetarium at Hartnell College has opened its doors to the public for regular evening shows. In continuing this tradition please check out either our Children's show or our Evening show. It has also hosted events celebrating Halley's Comet, the Voyager Missions, and the New Horizons Flyby of Pluto. To find out more about such special events please check out our special events page.

 

FRIDAYS 6:45PM

August 30 Evening Show - Incoming!

September 6 Evening Show - Incoming!

September 13 Evening Show - Undiscovered Worlds

September 20 No Public Shows

September 27 Evening Show - Undiscovered Worlds

October 4 Evening Show - From the Earth to the Universe

October 11 Evening Show - From the Earth to the Universe

October 18 Evening Show - Sunstruck

October 25 Evening Show - Sunstruck

November 1 Evening Show - dark Matter Mystery

November 8 Evening Show - Dark Matter Mystery

November 15 Evening Show - Tales of the Maya Skies

November 22 Evening Show - Tales of the Maya Skies

December 6, Evening Show - Life: A Cosmic Story

December 13, Evening Show - Life: A Cosmic Story

 

Some general rules when visiting the planetarium:

  1. Do not be late, this is a one man operation and I physically cannot run the show and let people in at the same time.
  2. No food or drink. Water is fine.
  3. Cell phones on silent and put away. Even on the dimmest setting, cell phones light up the whole room. Please respect other peoples visit, leave them in your pocket.
  4. No light up shoes. While they may be adorable, they also light up the whole room. If you accidently bring your young one in illuminated footwear, please simply take the shoes off for the duration of the show.

Location: 411 Central Avenue, Salinas Map
Phone: (831) 770-6161 •website Salinas create a direct event link
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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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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Story Time Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Bring the whole family and join us for a walking story time!
Date: Every Sa at 10:30am


Story Time Walk

Saturdays at 10:30am

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


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!
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State Park Big Basin
Explore the park's less traveled backcountry
Date: Every Sa at 12:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See specific days

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!

Saturdays at noon

Sunday, August 4 at noon

Explore the park's less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike will be individually tailored to your group. Based on group size, experience level, and weather conditions, we will choose from the many trails that explore the park's most scenic areas. Bring water and good hiking shoes. Meet at park headquarters. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
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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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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Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
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State Park Henry Cowell
Learn how to make a basket with local pine needles!
Date: Every Sa (Sep 21-Sep 28) from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Event is free; parking is $10.

Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop

Saturday, September 21 from 10am to noon

Saturday, September 28 from 10am to noon

Participate in a marvelous family workshop learning how to make a basket from local ponderosa pine needles. No experience necessary. The class capacity is 20; please arrive on time to reserve your seat. Meet in the amphitheater of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park campground, located off Graham Hill Road. Children 10 and older may attend if accompanied by an adult. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
Phone: 831-335-7077 •website Felton 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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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
Castle Rock Loop
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State Park Castle Rock
Join us on a 2-mile, 2-hour hike to Castle Rock and Castle Rock Falls
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Castle Rock Loop Hike

Saturdays at 11am

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


Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
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Scotts Valley Farmers Market
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
Join us for a flurry of activities for kids and adults alike.
Date: Every Sa (May 4-Nov 30) from 2:30pm to 6:30pm


The Scotts Valley Farmers' Market

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

For more information, visit us.


Location: King's Village Dr, Scotts Valley Map
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Campfire Programs Portola
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State Park Portola Redwoods
Explore Portola Redwoods State Park
Date: Every Fri and Sa at 8:00pm


Campfire Programs

Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm

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


Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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Hikes at Castle Rock
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State Park Castle Rock
Discover expansive views, marvelous rock formations and great rock climbing opportunities
Date: Every Sa at 11:00am

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

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


Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
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Guided Adobe Tour
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State Park Mission
Gain insight into the oldest building in Santa Cruz
Date: 09/28/2019 at 10:30am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Su 9/1@1pm & Sat 9/28@1pm

Guided Adobe Tour

Sunday, September 1 at 1pm

Saturday, September 28 at 1pm

Join us for a guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Come learn about the many families who have called this 180-year-old mission adobe their home. Free event. For more information, call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-1840. •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Old Tree Trail Hike
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State Park Portola Redwoods
On this 1-mile, 1-hour kid friendly excursion we'll stroll through a giant old growth redwood grove that's over 1,200 years old,
Date: Every Fri and Sa at 2:30pm

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Old Tree Trail Hike

Fridays and Saturdays at 2:30pm

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

 

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

 

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


Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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Old Cove Landing Trail Walks
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs.
Date: Every Sa (Sep 7-Sep 28) at 11:00am

Special Instructions: 9/7, 21, 28 ~ 11am

Old Cove Landing Trail

Saturday, September 7 at 11am

Saturday, September 21 at 11am

Saturday, September 28 at 11am

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


Location: 1401 Coast Rd., Santa Cruz Map
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Old-Growth Redwood Tour
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure - ask any questions you may have
Date: Every Sa (Sep 7-Sep 28) at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10
Special Instructions: 9/7, 21, 28 at 11 am & 2 pm

Old-Growth Redwood Tour                                                                                  

Saturday, September 7 at 11am and 2pm

Saturday, September 21 at 11am and 2pm

Saturday, September 28 at 11am and 2pm

Are there different kinds of redwoods? How do coastal redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? Why are there so few old growth trees left?  How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
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Birds by the Bay
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Come bird with us!
Date: 09/28/2019 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free - preregistration required

We're celebrating Take a Child Outside Week with a free, family-friendly walk through the habitats of Santa Cruz! All ages are welcome for this bird-watching bonanza hosted by the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. We'll use binoculars to watch birds from afar and magnifying glasses to explore feathers, skulls, and specimens up close. Birds of prey, waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds are all likely visitors as we trek through a variety of habitats, including wetlands, grasslands, and coastal cliffs.

We will meet at the entrance to Antonelli Pond
on Delaware Avenue just before the Coastal Science Campus complex. We will walk through mostly flat terrain on an approximately 1.5 mile loop that will take us to the coastal cliffs near the Seymour Center and back. There will be optional small hills for those interested in different views of Antonelli Pond. There are restrooms and water fountains at the Seymour Center.

All ages and experience levels are welcome! This program is part of Take a Child Outside Week and will therefore be geared towards youth. All youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.


Location: Antonelli Pond , 2393 Delaware, Santa Cruz Map
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Bird Watching for Beginners
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Join us for a 1.5-hour stroll over uneven surfaces to view the many birds, plants, and scenery of Wilder Ranch State Park.
Date: 09/29/2019 at 9:30am

Special Instructions: Fr 9/13@ 9am; Su 9/29@9:30am

Bird Watching for Beginners

Friday, September 13 at 9am

Sunday, September 29 at 9:30am

On this 2-hour walk, be prepared to hike two miles on uneven surfaces, with many stops to view the many birds, plants, and scenery along the way. You will help each other spot and identify birds! Bring your binoculars if you have them (binoculars are available to borrow), clothes for variable weather, and good walking shoes. Meet at the interpretive center. Everyone is welcome, but children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by adults. Rain cancels. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: Located two miles north of Santa Cruz, on Highway 1, Santa Cruz Map
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Dropin Family Crafts - Candle Dipping
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State Park Mission
Hand-dip a wax candle!
Date: 09/29/2019 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: Dec 2 & 22

Drop-In Family Craft - Candle Dipping

Sunday, September 29 from 1pm to 3:30pm

Enjoy an informal afternoon at this hidden jewel near downtown Santa Cruz. You can hand-dip a wax candle in our garden courtyard. Rain cancels. Free event. For more information, call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Redwood Grove Loop Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 11:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Vehicle day-use fee is $10
Special Instructions: Monday, September 2 at 11am and 2pm

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 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 1.5-hour walk. Bring water and good walking shoes.

 

Meet at park headquarters. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. 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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Adult Crafts
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Library Felton
Let's have some fun while also helping each other learn and grow as artists and crafters!
Date: Every Su from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


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

 

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

 

 


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
Phone: 831-427-3151 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Music at Sky Park
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Scotts Valley Kiwanis
GREAT Lineup for our 2019 CONCERTs and they're FREE!
Date: The last Su of every month (Jul 28-Sep 29) from 2:30pm to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 A 0 March) SkyparkMusic2019_300.jpgGearing up for another summer of Music At Skypark!!

 

We've already signed bands for July, kicking off the series on July 28th with The Joint Chiefs and Extra Large!

 

So excited to welcome back these awesome musicians who are so willing to support our cause: sustaining the music programs in our schools!

 

Mark your calendars, bring your blankets and chairs, and come thirsty!

 


Location: Skypark, 361 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Capitola Beach Festival
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Capitola Village
3-Miler Fun Run hosted by the Wharf to Wharf, a Horseshoe Tournament, the Lighted Nautical Parade, a Fishing Derby, a Sand Sculp
Date: Every day (Sep 28-Sep 29)


(0 A July 2019) CapitolaBeachFestival2019.jpgThe Capitola Beach Festival will have something for everyone to enjoy! The community event will include a 3-Miler Fun Run hosted by Wharf to Wharf Race, a Horseshoe Tournament, the Lighted Nautical Parade, a Fishing Derby, a Sand Sculpture Contest, the Chalk Art Event, a Concert in Esplanade Park, Rowboat Races and more! Join us for this free, family-friendly, and fun event.

Saturday, September 28th:

  • 8-11am: Little Wharf 3 Miler Fun Run. Must preregister.
  • 8am-12pm: Sand Sculpture Contest. Registration online or on Capitola Beach at 8m
  • 10am-1pm: Poster artist Shane' Mann will be signing posters
  • 4-6pm: Music at the Beach: ExtraLarge
  • 7-8pm: Lighted Nautical Parade on Soquel Creek

Sunday, September 29th:

  • 6-11am: Fishing Derby. Registration begins at 6:30 am near the end of the Capitola Wharf. Bring your own fishing poles. Open to all ages.
  • 7am-Finish: Horseshoes on the Sand, Participants must pre-register online or at 831.475.6522
  • 9am-12pm: Chalk Art on the Seawall, Sign up at Esplanade Park. Children pre-school age and above are welcome to create their own masterpiece. Art chalk provided
  • 10am-1pm: Poster artist Shane' Mann will be signing posters
  • 1pm-Finish: Rowboat Races. Registration at the pathway by the Stockton Bridge from 12-1pm. Two people per boat. We supply the boats!

Get ready for some fun! See you there!


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2019 Fall Harvest Festival
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UCSC Farm
Music along with kids' crafts, great food, an apple pie baking contest, hay ride
Date: 09/29/2019 from 11:00pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: $5

2019 Fall Harvest Festival

Plan to join us for this campus and community event at a new location on the UCSC Farm-the Life Lab Garden Classroom.

 

Fun for all ages, the Harvest Festival features live music, workshops, farm tours, kids crafts and activities, an apple pie contest, and much more! Enjoy the beauty of the 30-acre organic campus farm at our biggest "open farm house" of the year. This year we will also celebrate 40 years of Life Lab

 

We encourage attendees to walk, bike, bus, or secure ride services to the farm. Limited parking will be available. Please do not park at the farm's back gate. Click here for directions to the farm. For more information call (831) 459-3240 or email casfs@ucsc.edu.

 

Admission is free for UCSC students, kids 12 and under, and members of the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden; general admission is $5. Be sure to bring your reusable water bottle!

Check back soon for a schedule of events and more details.


Location: 1156 High St. , Santa Cruz Map
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Bystander Intervention Workshop
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Bystander Intervention Workshop
Date: 09/29/2019 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

Join us for an interactive Bystander Intervention training! The training will be led by CAIR-San Francisco Bay Area. During the training, participants will learn about the history and principles of nonviolence, and we will practice specific de-escalation techniques as a bystander in a variety of scenarios. We will also learn about widespread organizing in our community and how people can become active.

Sign up today at https://santacruzpl.libcal.com/event/5716821 or call 831-427-7717. Registration recommended.


Location: Downtown Branch Library, 224 Church St., Santa Cruz Map
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We Bring the Sandhills to You!
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State Park Henry Cowell
Discover the Santa Cruz Sandhills formation -its fossils, its unique plants and animals, and how fire plays a role in preserving
Date: Every Su and Sa from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Vehicle day-use fee is $10

We Bring the Sandhills to You!

Saturday and Sundays from 11am to 2pm

Discover the Santa Cruz Sandhills formation-its fossils, its unique plants and animals, and how fire plays a role in preserving this special habitat -at our Sandhills Mobile Visitor Center in the parking lot next to the Nature Store. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077.

 

Event free. Vehicle day use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Open House 2019
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State Park Castro Adobe
"Thanks for the Memories" is a chance for history buffs, locals and Castro family descendants to visit
Date: Every Su and Sa (Jan 6-Dec 29) from 11:00am to 3:00pm

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

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

 

2019 Castro Adobe Open House events

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

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

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

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


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
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Sunday Seaside Crafts
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join the hands-on fun at the crafts table every Sunday from 1-3 PM.
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Kids and up Admission Fees: General admission fees apply.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sponsored by: Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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
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Live Oak Farmer's Market
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
Brunch options, live music, cafe seating
Date: Every Su from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

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


Market Match

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


Location: 15th & Eastcliff Dr, Live Oak Map
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Variety Pack Guided Hike
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State Park Portola Redwoods
Explore Portola Redwoods State Park
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 11:00am


Variety Pack Guided Hike

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11am

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


Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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Bird Watching for Beginners
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Join us for a 1.5-hour stroll over uneven surfaces to view the many birds, plants, and scenery of Wilder Ranch State Park.
Date: Every Su and Sa from 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Special Instructions: Fr 9/13@ 9am; Su 9/29@9:30am

Bird Watching for Beginners

Friday, September 13 at 9am

Sunday, September 29 at 9:30am

On this 2-hour walk, be prepared to hike two miles on uneven surfaces, with many stops to view the many birds, plants, and scenery along the way. You will help each other spot and identify birds! Bring your binoculars if you have them (binoculars are available to borrow), clothes for variable weather, and good walking shoes. Meet at the interpretive center. Everyone is welcome, but children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by adults. Rain cancels. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: Located two miles north of Santa Cruz, on Highway 1, Santa Cruz Map
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Ranch Tours
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State Park Wilder
Tour Wilder Ranch!
Date: Every Su and Sa from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Ranch Tour

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

Monday, September 2 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. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
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Little & Junior Rangers Portola
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State Park Portola Redwoods
Little Rangers: Saturdays and Sundays at 10am; Junior Rangers: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 1pm
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa


Little Rangers

Saturdays and Sundays at 10am

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

 

Junior Rangers

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 1pm

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


Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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Renaissance Faire Weekends
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Northern California Renaissance Faire
Pageantry, Revelry, Crafts and Romance
Date: Every Su and Sa (Sep 14-Oct 20) from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: $18, free if under 12

"I have been attending the Renaissance Pleasure Faire for over thirty years. Although like most Faires it's booths are more in focus for making money than for historical acuracy, it's fun. The jousting matches are as good as I've seen anywhere and I've been at a lot of different Faires. The people that put on the Faire do an excellent job. If you enjoy history, art, music, fencing, costume, food, faires and culture then you should go to this fun event." John Barrows

 

What's your favorite part about The Joust? Is it the handsome Knights, the swords, the fight for victory?

 

From swords to clothing to fine art & more, you'll find what your heart desires with our 200+ fine artisans that will hawk their wares in our village! Which vendor are you looking forward to seeing?

 

Dates: Sept. 14th - Oct. 20th / WEEKENDS: 10AM to 6PM.
Location: Casa de Fruta 10031 Pacheco Pass Hwy 152,
Gate 6, Hollister, CA 95023-9541
Kids 12 & under FREE every weekend!
Details /ticket prices & specials: https://www.norcalrenfaire.com

 


Location: Casa De Fruta, 10031 Pacheco Pass Hwy, Hollister Map
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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 Su at 9:30am

Special Instructions: See details for dates/times

The Road Less Traveled: A Dog-Friendly Walk

Sundays at 9:30am

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 and easy, 3-mile, 2-hour walk with docent Diane Shaw. Dogs not required, but welcome! Bring water.

 

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


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek 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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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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8-week Triple P Group: for families with children 2-12 years old
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Triple P
Meet other families, learn simple strategies to help you: Strengthen relationships in your family; Encourage positive behaviors
Date: Every Mon (Sep 9-Oct 28) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Phone number: (831) 724-2997 x211

8-week Triple P Group: for families with children 2-12 years old
Mondays, September 9 - October 28, 6 - 8 pm
Attend this 8-week Triple P Group to meet other families and learn simple strategies to help you: Strengthen relationships in your family; Encourage positive behaviors; Teach your child new skills & behaviors; Handle disruptive or challenging behaviors with greater confidence; Take care of yourself as a parent.

This Triple P Group is FREE and open to the public. Free child care is available with advance registration. Light snacks will be provided for adults and children.

Presented in English by Sandra Rodelo, Community Bridges - La Manzana Community Resources
Location: La Manzana Community Resources, 18 W. Lake Ave, Suite E, Watsonville
To register: Contact Sandra Rodelo at (831) 724-2997 x211 or sandrar@cbridges.org or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: La Manzana Community Resources, 18 W. Lake Ave, Suite E, Watsonville Map
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BOARD IN THE LIBRARY
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Library Scotts Valley
Board Games for adults!
Date: Every Mon from 6:30pm to 8:30pm


(0 A February 2019) Library_BoardGames2.jpgBOARD IN THE LIBRARY


WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 6:30-8:30 p.m.


ADULTS need playtime too! Come play with us for hours of tabletop gaming fun. Bring your favorite board game or play some of the library's many games.

 

No prior gaming experience is necessary.


Some of the titles we carry are:

Settlers of Catan
Disney Monopoly
Deadwood Studios, USA
Star Trek: The Interactive VHS Board Game
Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game
Unspeakable Words
Candy Land
Pandemic
Battleship
Apples to Apples
Elder Sign
Bananagrams
Lord of the Fries
Ticket to Ride
King of New York

D&D Basic Board Game
Shogi

Dead of Winter
7 Wonders
Elysium
Disney Scene It
Flick 'Em Up
Vikings on Board
Last Night on Earth
Imhotep
Flash Point
Dixit
Risk: Marvel Cinematic Universe Edition
Star Trek: Attack Wing
Kill Doctor Lucky (Board game and card game)
Paris Connection
Dominion

chess, backgammon, and checkers

Codenames
Stuff and Nonsense
Tak
Exploding Kittens
Freedom: The Underground Railroad
Turbulence
Braiiiins!
Zombie DIce
Fluxx
Black Market Warehouse
Evil Baby Orphanage
Give Me the Brain!
Unexploded Cow
Brawl
The Star Wars Game
Clue
Whodunit
and more!

Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 427-7712 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Pumpkin Farms
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Pumpkin Farmers
Pumpkin Farms and more!
Date: Every day (Sep 1-Oct 31)


Borchard Farms
142 Rodgers Road, Salinas
Find thousands of pumpkins, gourds, and squash a Ghost Town, Haunted Barn, 5 acre corn maze, and lots of farm animals.

Crystal Bay Farm
40 Zils Road, Watsonville
Great variety at this small organic farm!

The Farm
Spreckles Blvd Exit off Hwy 68, Salinas
Family friendly pumpkin patch, animals, hay rides, puppet shows and a cow train.

Rodoni Farms
4444 Coast Road, Santa Cruz
North of Santa Cruz on HWY 1.
Beautiful views, pumpkins, specialty squash, a fun corn maze and hay forts.

Arata Pumpkin Farm
185 Verde Rd
Half Moon Bay
Hay maze, haunted barn, hay rides, petting zoo and a pumpkin for everyone!

Cardinale and Wright Pumpkin Patch
Monterey Fairgrounds
2004 Fairground Road, Monterey
Great service and lots of pumpkins to choose from.

Earthbound Farms
725 Carmel Valley Road,Carmel Valley
Farm stand with organic veggies, frozen yogurt, pumpkins and a children's garden.

Hacienda Hay and Feed
7180 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley
Haunted hay maze, pumpkins,donkey, goats, turtles, an Emu, and more

Swank Farms
4751 Pacheco Pass Highway, Hollister
Huge pumpkin patch! Giant corn maze, little kids' play areas, jumping pillows, cow train, corn cannons, hours of fun for the kids!

Lemos Farm
12320 San Mateo Rd. (Hwy 92)
Half Moon Bay
One zone for the little ones who don't want to be really scared and another scare zone with live actors who will do their best to "scare the yell out of you," train rides, hay rides, pony rides and pumpkins

Uesugi Farms
14485 Monterey Highway, San Martin
Pumpkinville Railroad, Corn Maze, Pumpkin Blasters and Pumpkins


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MAMMA MIA
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Mountain Community Theater
Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in in love with the characters, the story and the music
Date: Every day (Sep 20-Oct 20)
Admission Fees: $8

(0 A July 2019) MamaMia.jpgMAMMA MIA
By Catherine Johnson, with music by Benny Anderssen and Björn Ulvaeus
Directed by Kathie Kratochvil

Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show! A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget! The sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

 

The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless 1970's hit songs, non-stop laughs, and explosive dance numbers propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show.

Tickets and more info coming soon! Go to website.


Location: 9400 Mill St, Ben Lomond 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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Baby Bunch
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Temple Beth El
... social time and support for babies and their parents...
Date: Every Mon at 11:00am
Admission Fees: free

Hang out with other moms and dads with babies.


Location: 3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos Map
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Brainfuse - Homework Help
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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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Mama Mia!
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Mountain Community Theater
Theater at its delightful best in Ben Lomond! Enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship
Date: Every day (Sep 20-Oct 20)
Ages: 12+

September 20 - October 20
MAMMA MIA
By Catherine Johnson, with music by ABBA
Directed by Kathie Kratochvil

Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show! A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget! The sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless 1970's hit songs, non-stop laughs, and explosive dance numbers propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show.


Location: Park Hall, 9400 Mill Street, Ben Lomond Map
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ESL Conversation
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Library Central
Date: Every Mon from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 6yrs & up Admission Fees: Free

ESL Conversation Group (4:00 PM-5:00 PM)

Volunteer guided ESL conversation group for people who want to practice their English. We'll use real life situations and tasks to help people get more comfortable with using English in everyday life. Grupo de conversacion ESL dirigido por un voluntario para participantes que desean practicar su inglés. Utilizaremos situaciones de la vida diaria para ayudar a la gente a sentirse más cómodo usando el ingés en la vida cotidiana.

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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