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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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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
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
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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Live Oak Book Group
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Library Live Oak
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

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

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


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
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
Phone: (831) 688-1531 •websitecreate a direct event link
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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Toddler Story Time
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Library Central
Date: Every Fri from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-6 Admission Fees: free

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


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

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-420-5700 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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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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
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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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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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
Preschool Storytme
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Library Aptos
Date: Every Fri from 10:00am to 11:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

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


Kids 3-5 years

 


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: 831.427.7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
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

Reserve Tickets


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

Castle Rock Loop Hike

Saturdays at 11am

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


Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
Phone: (831) 291-8273 •website Los Gatos create a direct event link
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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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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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
Phone: (831) 427-2288 •website Davenport 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
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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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: 09/14/2019 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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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Second Weekends @ Watsonville Airport
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Watsonville Municipal Airport
Like old planes? Come visit us!
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Special Instructions: Saturday and Sunday

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

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


Location: 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
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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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Wilder Ridge Loop
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State Park Wilder Ranch
On this challenging guided three-hour, six-mile hike we’ll 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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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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Story Time Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Bring the whole family and join us for a walking story time!
Date: Every Sa at 10:30am


Story Time Walk

Saturdays at 10:30am

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


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
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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

Special Instructions: See specific days & times

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sponsored by: Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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When Species Collide!
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State Park Rancho del Oso
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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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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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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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
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
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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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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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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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Variety Pack Guided Hike
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State Park Portola Redwoods
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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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Loneliness: We’re 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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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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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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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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Brainfuse - Homework Help
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Libraries
Brainfuse: Free online homework help for students of all ages.
Date: Every day


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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
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