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Matilda the Musical
The power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life
Every Fri and Sa (Oct 18-Oct 26) from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Location: Rio theatre, 1205 Soquel, Santa Cruz Map

(0 A September 2019) matilda.jpgInspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.

Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other's lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda's extraordinary personality. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however - the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace!

Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs and an unforgettable star turn for a young actress, Matilda is a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.


Show time: 7:00 PM, doors 6:00 PM
Tickets: $18 Gen, $28 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.allabouttheatre.org
Event website: www.allabouttheatre.org

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


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

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

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

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

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


Guidelines

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

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


Location: Bike Church, 703 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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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
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
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
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
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website La Selva Beachcreate 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


(0 A November 2018) Wats_BabyLaptime.jpgSocialization & Literacy


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

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Freedom Branch 

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

 


Location: Storytime Room, 275 Main St, Watsonville Map
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Children's Planetarium Show
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Hartnell Planetarium
Star programs for children
Date: Every Fri (Aug 30-Dec 13) at 5:15pm
Admission Fees: $4
Special Instructions: No late admittance. Be sure to show up 5-10 minutes early. Doors are locked shut at start times.

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

 

FRIDAYS 5:15

August 30, Children's Show - Astronaut

September 6, Children's Show - Astronaut

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

September 20,  No Public Shows

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

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

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

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

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

November 1, Children's Show - Astronaut

November 8, Children's Show - Astronaut

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

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

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

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

 

Some general rules when visiting the planetarium:

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

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

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

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

 

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

 


Location: 1156 High St. , Santa Cruz Map
Phone: Phone (831) 459-3240 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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
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
Phone: (831) 464-9200 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Santa Cruz County Open School Gardens Day
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Life Lab Science Program
Santa Cruz County Open School Gardens Day
Date: 10/12/2019
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Connect with the vibrant school garden culture of Santa Cruz County! In celebration of Life Lab's 40th Anniversary the greater community is invited to visit area school gardens for tours and special events. 15 school gardens across the county will be part of this "Open School Gardens" event. View activity schedule and map of gardens at www.lifelab.org/opengardens


Location: Santa Cruz County School Gardens, Multiple Gardens, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 471-7831 •website Santa Cruz Countycreate a direct event link
Snake Park Saturday
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Learn about the fascinating world of snakes from a snake expert
Date: 10/12/2019 at 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 10am and 1pm

Snake Park Saturday

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
Phone: (831) 427-2288 •website Davenport create a direct event link
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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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
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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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
Phone: (408) 867-2952 •website Los Gatos create a direct event link
Open Streets Santa Cruz
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Open Streets Santa Cruz County and Bike Santa Cruz County
Join us as we walk, play, bike and dance in the streets on a day free from car traffic
Date: 10/12/2019 from 9:00am to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A September 2018) OpenStreetsSantaCruzKidsonBikes.jpgWe're thrilled to announce the annual Open Streets Santa Cruz!

This Santa Cruz tradition returns to West Cliff Drive on Sunday, October 14th, 2018. We'll be closing the road to cars between Lighthouse Field and Natural Bridges and invite you to join us as we walk, play, bike and dance in the streets on a day free from car traffic. Essentially a pop-up street park, Open Streets is fun for the whole family and will feature dozens of awesome local organizations hosting activities and games, live music, a raffle, and more!


ACTIVITIES / BOOTHS / MUSICIANS / LOCATIONS     ~     PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

 

Visit scopenstreets.org for more details, and be sure to sign up to receive updates on this and future Open Streets events.

Want to feature your business or organization at Open Streets? Visit scopenstreets.org/sponsor-an-event/ for more info and to apply!


Location: West Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz Map
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Drawing for the Love of Nature
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Discuss and practice ways to draw what you are most curious about in nature - from leaf to watershed
Date: 10/12/2019 from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) rancho-drawing.jpgJoin Judy Sears, California Naturalist, for a 1.5 hour nature drawing session. If the weather is pleasant, the group will stay outside to discuss and practice ways to draw what you are most curious about in nature - from leaf to watershed.

 

No drawing experience necessary. Just bring a notepad with a rigid back, a pencil, and your curiosity. You may also wish to bring a chair or pillow so you can sit comfortably on the ground.

 

For more information, call (831) 427-2288. Event free. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.


Location: 3600 Highway One, Davenport Map
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West Side Farmers Markets
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
A moveable feast of fresh, locally grown produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats and poultry, baked goods, music and good comp
Date: Every Sa from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All

The Westside Farmers' Market takes place every week, year round at the corner of Hwy 1 and Western Drive, situated on the northern edge of Santa Cruz's greenbelt. This market serves the communities of the west-end of Santa Cruz including Bonny Doon, the North Coast and the UCSC Campus. It is just a hop, skip and a jump from Downtown.


Foodies Unite

Going into its eleventh year this market is proud to have been named best market by the Santa Cruz Metro's, "Peoples Poll" multiple times. The market showcases a great selection of 100% certified organic produce, artisan foods, wine, body products, tinctures, sustainable seafood, pasture raised meats, flowers and eggs along with cook-to-order cuisine, live local music and full espresso bar operated by up-and-coming Santa Cruz-based roaster 11th Hour Coffee.

With easy access and an abundance of free parking, this market makes for a convenient and celebratory Saturday morning outing.

 

2019 Pop-Up Breakfast Series - Ticket Sales Announced

The 2019 Pop-Up Breakfast Series is coming our way! Once again the Westside Farmers' Market will host three of these farm-to-table, ticketed events. With a great chef line up and a solid reputation, these pop-ups will sell out. Stay in touch by signing up for our newsletter to get your first pick at tickets when they go on sale. Learn more about the events HERE.

 

Market Match

Market Match offers farmers' market customers a dollar for dollar match up to $10 on their CalFresh (food stamp) cards at the Felton market.  If a customer swipes their CalFresh card for $7, they get $7 of Market Match for free, swipe $10, you get $10. The goal of this project is to encourage CalFresh (EBT/SNAP) recipients to take advantage of fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables. SCCFM will be offering the Market Match program for the 2019 season. By offering an incentive that lowers the price of fresh produce, we are helping shoppers stretch their food dollars while keeping their families healthy. Locate the information booth and the market manager to redeem EBT coins and to take advantage of the Market Match incentive.


Location: Mission St. Ext. and Western Dr., Santa Cruz Map
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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.


Phone: 831-661-4771 •website La Selva Beachcreate a direct event link
Fall Harvest Festival
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Good Shepherd Catholic School
Taco bar, salads, BBQ burgers and hot dogs, a live band and a makers market
Date: 10/12/2019 from 2:00pm to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: $25 wristband

Good Shepherd Catholic School Harvest Festival

Celebrate the abundance of fall with our annual Harvest Festival hosted by the GSCS Parent Club this Saturday, October 12th from 2PM-7PM at 2727 Mattison Lane in Santa Cruz. Fun for all ages! Our school will be transformed into county fair atmosphere! With the purchase of a $25 wristband, your child will have unlimited, all day access to activities and entertainment(not including food and beverage). Caballus Catering will have a taco bar, salads, BBQ burgers and hot dogs. We will also have a live band and a makers market. Please invite families and friends to join the fun!


Location: 2727 Mattison Lane, Santa Cruz Map
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Second Saturday on the Farm
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Ag History Project
Join us for demonstrations using antique farm equipment, crafts, farm animals, wooden cow milking, water pumps, learning to driv
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $2/person Kids under 1 are free

Every month we produce a 2nd Saturday on the Farm, a family event that focuses on a particular area of agriculture each month. Visitors can participate in the regular activities of the Ag History Project plus others related to the day's special focus. We host over 2,500 visitors each year at 2nd Saturday on the Farm.

 

We have created some unique interactive educational activities to help you have fun learning about past agricultural practices. What we like to call our "usual" activities include:

  • Wooden cow milking: we have life-size wooden cows with rubber teats that help you learn how to milk a cow.
  • Kid-driven tractor: we retrofitted a John Deere tractor so that anyone can learn to drive it. You sit in the seat and control the steering wheel while a trained volunteer stands on a platform to your right to controls the speed. We even have space for a parent or friend to stand to your left and enjoy the ride.
  • We are currently working on creating a stationary tractor that you can drive down a crop row and the computer screen in front of you displays how well you are handling the tractor.

Location: 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-728-5898 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
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
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: 10/12/2019 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

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

 


Location: 3600 Hwy 1 , Davenport Map
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Wool, Spinning, and Weaving
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State Park Mission
Follow the path of wool from the sheep to the shirt...spin your own wool
Date: 10/12/2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Wool, Spinning, and Weaving

Saturday, July 20 at 1pm

How did an isolated settlement clothe the hundreds of people who lived there? Take an in-depth look at the cloth industry of Mission Santa Cruz. We will follow the path of wool from the sheep to the shirt. You will have the chance to try your hand at a drop spindle and spin your own wool. Free event. For more information, call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Swanton Pacific Ranch Open
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Swanton Pacific Ranch
Swanton Pacific Ranch's annual open house provides opportunities to explore the Ranch and learn about all we do.
Date: 10/12/2019 from 10:00am to 3:30pm


We'll start off the day at 10 AM, at Swanton's College Station, home of the historic Swanton Pacific Railroad Roundhouse. Be sure to visit the booths and displays that will be showcasing our various programs, where you'll have the opportunity to engage with Swanton staff, former interns, alumni, and other important members of our community throughout the day.

 

Morning guided tours will begin at 10:30 AM. Choose from tours spotlighting botanical communities, sustainable forestry, creek restoration, our founder's historical residence, our new field camp development, and the Swanton Pacific Railroad. While the railroad will not be operating, locomotives and other rail-related equipment will be on display. In addition to these tours, the afternoon tours, beginning at 1:15 PM, will include the options to see organic crop production or our co-management of prairies and livestock.

 

Lunch service, starting at 11, will feature Swanton Pacific Ranch natural grassfed beef, accompanied by a country picnic menu and live music by Fiddle Road. Join us in celebrating this special day. We hope to see you here!

 


Location: 297 Swanton Road, Davenport Map
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Oktoberfest at Elks Club!
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Santa Cruz Elks Lodge #824
An Oktoberfest Fundraiser for Children's Charities
Date: 10/12/2019 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: $25, a limited number will be available at the door for $30

An Oktoberfest Fundraiser for Children's Charities at the Santa Cruz Elks Lodge!

Join us for an Oktoberfest party at the Santa Cruz Elks Lodge on October 12th!

Traditional music by Alpinesound

 

Food provided by Mickey's Catering-sausages, schnitzel, pretzels, potatoes roasted with whole grain mustard, red cabbage, cucumbers salad and apple strudel.

 

Beer available for purchase from New Bohemian Brewing Company.

 

All proceeds will go to California-Hawaii Elks Major Project Inc to provide free therapy for children with disabilities.

 

Ages 21+

Tickets: $25, a limited number will be available at the door for $30

If you have a larger group (6+), call the Lodge to inquire about reserving a full table with some fun perks! (831-423-8240)


Location: Santa Cruz Elks Lodge, 150 Jewell Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Scotts Valley Farmers Market
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
Join us for a flurry of activities for kids and adults alike.
Date: Every Sa (May 4-Nov 30) from 2:30pm to 6:30pm


The Scotts Valley Farmers' Market

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

For more information, visit us.


Location: King's Village Dr, Scotts Valley Map
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Pacific Garden Mall Historical Walking Tour
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Pacific Garden Mall Historical Walking Tour
Date: 10/12/2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

Do you remember where Ford's Department Store used to be? Are you curious about what the Pacific Garden Mall looked like before the 1989 earthquake? Join historian Ross Gibson for a walking tour of Downtown Santa Cruz--formerly the Pacific Garden Mall--as we approach the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake. The tour begins at 1 PM at the Eagle Monument at Pacific & Front Streets (in front of Jamba Juice). Wear comfortable walking shoes.

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


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Catio Tour
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Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
Tour catios and get good ideas for your catio!
Date: 10/12/2019 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: contribution

(0 A September 2019) catio-tour-2019.jpgWhat do bird lovers and cat lovers all have in common? We all want what's best for the animals we love. Luckily for us there's a unique solution that keeps cats and birds safe at the same time and many of our neighbors are using it... Catios!

A Catio is an outdoor enclosure for cats, a place where cats can enjoy the outdoors and still be safe from predators while also keeping birds safe.

The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter and Native Animal Rescue will be hosting the third Santa Cruz County Catio Tour on October 12. Your participation is a major contribution to educating and inspiring the Santa Cruz community to practice a new level of cat safety and wildlife preservation.

Tickets coming soon! RSVP to receive updates about the event!


Location: 1001 Rodriguez St, Santa Cruz Map
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Haunted HouseActing Classes
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Louden Nelson Center
Create masks, hang with zombies and take your costumes out on a pre-Halloween test ride. Tons of fun for the whole family.
Date: Every Wed, Fri and Sa (Oct 2-Oct 26)
Ages: All ages welcome Admission Fees: free

Play a frightening or fantastic role in the popular Louden Nelson Community Center Haunted House. Join us for this spooktacular tradition! No previous experience required. Dress rehearsal/sneak peek performances on Friday, October 25. Performances on Saturday, October 26, 1-3pm and 6-8pm. Parent volunteers welcome! Register online at santacruzparksandrec.com or call 420-5270.

 

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Location: 301 Center 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 Tree Trail Hike
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State Park Portola Redwoods
On this 1-mile, 1-hour kid friendly excursion we'll stroll through a giant old growth redwood grove that's over 1,200 years old,
Date: Every Fri and Sa at 2:30pm

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Old Tree Trail Hike

Fridays and Saturdays at 2:30pm

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

 

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

 

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


Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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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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Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival
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Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival
Incredible surf storytelling!
Date: Every day (Oct 11-Oct 12) at 6:00pm
Admission Fees: $16

(0 A Aug 2018) SurfFilmFest2018.jpgTake a surf trip around the world from your seat in the Rio Theatre this October 11th and 12th as the Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival returns for its sixth year. Four entirely different programs of the best new international surf films over two nights - a mix of inspiring, story-driven movies for people who love to ride waves or just watch them.

Your ticket purchase gives you a chance to win great raffle prizes - including a Yeti hard cooler and gear at every screening, Kala Ukuleles, a custom Bona Fide wetsuit, SurfEars earplugs, Active Skin Repair for athletes, Pleasure Pizza gift certificates and more! Get your tickets starting September 1st at www.scsff.com/tickets!     


Show time: 6:00 PM        
Tickets: $16
Advance tickets:  www.scsff.com/tickets    
Film website: www.scsff.com


Location: Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel, Santa Cruz Map
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DIY Family Crafts @ Branciforte
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Library Branciforte
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 4:00pm


DIY Family Crafts @ Branciforte (11:00 AM-4:00 PM)
Location: Branciforte Branch
Drop in with your family and make something fun!


Location: 230 Gault Street, Santa Cruz Map
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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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Starting Your Novel with Character and Conflict
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Library Central
Get ready for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in this 3-hour writing workshop.
Date: 10/12/2019 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

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A NaNoWriMo Writing Workshop

A novel starts with you. Your life views shape the characters in your books. Which life view will be the theme of your next novel? Get ready for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in this 3-hour writing workshop.

 

Bring a notebook or a laptop and your library card. Discover how a novel's theme sets up the internal and external plots and establishes the main character's fatal flaw.

 

Explore the relationships of the primary characters in your novel by delving in their conflicts at multiple levels to develop their back story. Use this knowledge to help you write your novel day by day in November.

 

Developmental editor Anastasia Suen has written and edited books for children, teens, and adults and mentored writers around the globe in her online workshops.

 

Saturday, October 12th, 10:00am-1:00pm
Downtown Library •224 Church Street

 

AND

Saturday, October 26th,10:00am-1:00pm, Aptos Library •7695 Soquel Drive


Location: Downtown Branch Library, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Santa Cruz Film Festival
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Santa Cruz Film Festival
Always, inspiring and unique films.
Date: Every day (Oct 9-Oct 13) from 8:00am to 5:00pm


Each year for one week, movie theaters and unique venues all over town are host to exciting and often locally produced films. While the movies are the main event, the Festival also ushers in a wave of parties, special panel discussions, and independent movie-lovers from all over the county, state and world.


THE TANNERY ARTS CENTER, 1050 RIVER ST, SANTA CRUZ

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COLLIGAN THEATER, 1010 RIVER ST, Downtown Santa Cruz


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

Come dance with us!

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

 

Upcoming Dances -

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

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

 

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

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

Please

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


Location: Veteran's Hall, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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MAMMA MIA
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Mountain Community Theater
Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in in love with the characters, the story and the music
Date: Every day (Sep 20-Oct 20)
Admission Fees: $8

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

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

 

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

Tickets and more info coming soon! Go to website.


Location: 9400 Mill St, Ben Lomond Map
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Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party
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Roaring Camp
Dress up for Halloween with favorites Thomas and Percy, for a 20 minute train ride, entertainment, and fun filled activities
Date: Every Su and Sa (Oct 12-Oct 27)
Admission Fees: Adults: $45 ~ Children: $35 (ages 2-12)

Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party

October 12-13, 19-20, 26-27

 

Dress up for Halloween with favorites Thomas and Percy, for a 20 minute train ride, entertainment, and fun filled activities for the entire family.

 

(0 A September 2019) ThomasHalloween2019.jpgWhat is Day Out With ThomasTM Presents: Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party?

Day Out With ThomasTM Presents: Thomas and Percy's Halloween party is a family event that offers aspiring engineers and their families the unique opportunity to take a ride with the classic storybook engine, Percy as well as Thomas the Tank EngineTM at regional heritage railroads across the country.

 

Thomas the Tank Engine and Percy

Since Thomas the Tank Engine and Percy left the depot more than 65 years ago, these Really Useful Engines and their Island of Sodor friends have chugged their way into the hearts of preschoolers and grownups worldwide. Based on The Railway Series of classic stories authored by a father who loved trains and wanted a shared experience with his son, Thomas & FriendsTM is a rite of passage that inspires the imagination while teaching the life lessons of friendship, exploration and cooperation.

 

Appropriate ages for Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party

Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party is a family event that welcomes passengers of all ages.

Thomas Train  25 mins   See Departures

Activities

  • Face Painting
  • Storytelling
  • Train Play Tables
  • Cookie Decorating
  • Coloring
  • Pick a Pumpkin

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Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Variety Pack Guided Hike
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State Park Portola Redwoods
Explore Portola Redwoods State Park
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 11:00am


Variety Pack Guided Hike

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11am

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


Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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Zootoberfest
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San Francisco Zoo
Come to SF Zoo to welcome our favorite season... FALL!
Date: Every Su and Sa (Oct 5-Oct 27) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free (inder3) to $15

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Dress up in costume for one of San Francisco Zoo & Garden's most popular

Come to SF Zoo to welcome our favorite season... FALL!

 

Every weekend in October, go on an adventure in "Harvest Hallow" for access to new and exciting attractions. Navigate through San Francisco's largest hay maze, a 5,000-square-foot structure made from 600 bales of straw and incorporates play areas within the design. Free with paid admission to San Francisco Zoo & Gardens!

For kids AND adults, SF Zoo's "Zoo Brew Haus" at The Depot Grill is pouring a great selection of brews, and cooking a full smorgasbord of German-inspired dishes, like beer-braised bratwurst with Guinness mustard and Sauerkraut! During lunch, dine to the upbeat sounds of a live band playing traditional European polka music. You might even want to get up and dance!

 


Location: 1 Zoo Way, San Francisco Map
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Ascendance!
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Santa Cruz Symphony
Bates, Stravinsky & Beethoven!
Date: Every day (Oct 11-Oct 13)
Ages: all
Special Instructions: Free Friday Open Rehearsal

Ascendance!

Our season begins with world renowned pianist Jon Nakamatsu performing Beethoven's magisterial piano concerto no. 5, 'The Emperor'. Grammy award winning composer & DJ Mason Bates joins us for performances of his wildly popular showpiece for DJ and orchestra, 'Mothership'. Stravinsky's enchanting score to his ballet the 'Firebird' luxuriates in dazzlingly romanticism.

 

PROGRAM

BATES - Mothership [Listen]
with Mason Bates, DJ/Composer

STRAVINSKY - Firebird Suite [Listen]

BEETHOVEN - Piano concerto no. 5 [Llisten]
with Jon Nakamatsu, Piano


RELATED EVENTS

Fri. Oct. 11 - League Preview

Fri. Oct. 11 - Open Rehearsal 7:30 - 10:00 pm at the Civic Auditorium

Sat. Oct. 12 - Street Party 6:00 pm in front of the Civic Auditorium with entertainment by the dynamic duo Harpin' and Clark and food by Margaritaville plus drinks and desserts available for purchase.

Fri. Nov. 8 - Rebroadcast KKUP 91.5 FM at 1:00 pm


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Location: Santa Cruz Civic Center, 307 Church St, Aptos 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: Every Su (Oct 6-Oct 13) from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See different times

Coffee Talk and Crafts

9:30-12:30
Come to the Sempervirens Room next to Headquarters for free coffee or hot chocolate! This is a great way to start your day in Big Basin. A Docent 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!

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek 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
Phone: (831)454-0566 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Adult Crafts
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Library Felton
Let's have some fun while also helping each other learn and grow as artists and crafters!
Date: Every Su from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


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

 

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

 

 


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
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Fireworks Extravaganza
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Monte Foundation
Enjoy the wonder, awe and majesty of the Monte Foundation Fireworks Extravaganza
Date: 10/13/2019 at 7:30pm
Admission Fees: free

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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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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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Traditional Acorn Processing from Tree to Table
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Traditional Acorn Processing from Tree to Table
Date: 10/13/2019 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: 8+ Admission Fees: $40 General | $30 Youth Under 18 | $10 Off for Museum Members

Acorns from the Coast Live Oak and Tan Oak trees have been staples of indigenous cuisine along the central coast of California for millennia.

In this workshop, we will learn how to process acorns using traditional California Indian techniques. We will crack, winnow, pound, and sift the acorns into a fine flour as a group before cooking the acorn into porridge, using a basket and heated rocks from a fire. Everyone will get a chance to taste our final product and come away with an understanding of how acorns are used for food by California Indians. We will also explore how to process other native plants, such as manzanita berries and bay nuts.

Where: Outside, in the Amphitheatre behind the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Ages: All youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Must be 8 or older.
Weather: We will have this workshop rain-or-shine, but inclement weather such as severe wind may lead to cancellation
Materials Include: Mortar, pestle, soaproot brush, cooking basket, looped cooking stick


Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural His, 1305 E Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Classic Car Show
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Santa Cruz Harbor
Join us for an afternoon of music, festivities, food, and of course, classic cars!
Date: 10/13/2019


6th Annual Classic Car Show
Sunday, October 13, 2019
The Santa Cruz Port District invites you to join us for an afternoon of music, festivities, food, and of course, classic cars! Vintage cars, trucks, and motorcycles will be on display on the harbor's west side (near Mariner Park). This is a free family friendly event that is open to the public. To register your vintage vehicle, click here.

 


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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


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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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Outrageous Outgrowns
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Outrageous Outgrowns
Huge selection of gently used clothing, toys, books, shoes, Halloween costumes and much more!!
Date: Every day (Oct 11-Oct 13) from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: None
Special Instructions: Fairgrounds charges a $10 parking fee

Kids grow like weeds so why pay retail for their clothes? Outrageous Outgrowns has a huge selection of gently used clothing, toys, books, shoes, Halloween costumes and much more!! We have clothing for kids of all ages, a huge junior section and Women's clothing too!! Come and start your Christmas shopping early!!


Location: Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Rd., San Jose Map
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Open Farm Tours
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Open Farm Tours
Tour the farms at your own pace. Engaging kid friendly farm activities, farm animals and more!
Date: Every day (Oct 12-Oct 13) from 10:00am to 4:00pm


Know Your Farmer... Know Your Food !

Thanks to everyone who supported the 2018 tours. We had another record year with over 2000 people attending! Every year we expand our venue with new farms and activities, but one factor remains the same... all farms implement sustainable agriculture practices that are good for our Earth and our health. Tour the farms at your own pace and learn what is involved in growing healthy, nutrient-rich food and how important sustainable farming methods are to the health of the Earth and our community. Click on the menu bar above for a complete listing of all participating farms and tour activities.

 

  • FREE Self-guided tour of sustainable family-run farms.
  • Farm fresh lunch at Alladin Nursery showcasing local food, beer & wine + live music.
  • Engaging kid-friendly activities, farm animals and more!

Register Online!

Registering Online automatically enters your name into our drawing with chances to win free lunches and gifts donated by our supporting sponsors.  Making a suggested donation of $10.00 or more will get you a FREE artisan beverage of choice from our lunch area at Alladin Nursery. Your donation allows us to keep the tours free for all to attend and supports our local farming community. Thank you in advance for your support!

 

Farm Lunch at Alladin Nursery

Stop by Alladin Nursery for a fantastic BBQ lunch of Corralitos Sausages, plus an array of vegetarian options, side dishes & desserts made with ingredients sourced from our local farms. A special beer from the Corralitos Brewery that's brewed specifically for Open Farm Tours using herbs from one of our participating farms +  cider, wine and beverages. Listen to live music by Taki-Runa while enjoying "fresh from the farm" food, all in the beautiful garden surroundings of Alladin Nursery.


Tour using our Google Maps GPS!

Google Maps makes it easy to navigate your way from wherever you are to the farm you want to visit. Just go to our Maps page and click on the farm you want to visit. A map and directions will instantly appear leading the way to the farms location. It's that easy!


Location: 2880 Research Park Drive, Suite 200, Soquel 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, Mon and Sa at 11:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Vehicle day-use fee is $10
Special Instructions: See dates and times

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 1.5-hour walk. Bring water and good walking shoes.

 

11am and 2pm

11/2 & 3 
11/10 & 11 
11/16  & 17
11/23 & 24
11/28 & 30 
12/1

 

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


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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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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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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Pumpkin Patch, You Pick Pumpkins
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Rodoni Farms
Great local place to pick your pumpkin right from the field and have fun in the corn maze! Open Oct. 1
Date: Every day (Sep 20-Oct 31)

Special Instructions: 4 miles North of Santa Cruz, California on Hwy. 1

Pumpkins are HERE!!

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Pumpkins and fun are what it's all about! Come roam through the fields of pumpkins. There are so many varieties to choose from! We have hay bales, scary cutouts, and a 5 acre corn maze! We also have fresh Brussels sprouts on the stalk, artichokes, corn stalks, and gourds.
**Pumpkins are priced by size, not weight.

 

Choosing your pumpkin:
There are two methods of choosing your pumpkin to carve. The first way is my favorite. As you stroll through the pumpkin patch a certain individual pumpkin will jump out at you! That's the ONE! The other method is to have a pattern or face in mind and look for a pumpkin that will work with your design. Usually a large stem makes a nice addition to the pumpkin.
Remember!. The more unusual the better!

 

  • Bring your camera! There are many fun photo spots!
  • Come spend the day by the California coastline and hand pick your Halloween pumpkin!
  • We are open every daily, 9 AM - 6 PM from October 1st through Halloween. After Halloween we will remain open on the honor system until Christmas.
  • We are dog friendly. We kindly ask that you keep them on a leash at all times and pick-up after them, if need be.
  • CASH OR CHECK ONLY PLEASE.

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Directions:
Our Pumpkin Patch, U Pick Em Pumpkins, is located at 4444 Coast Rd. (Hwy 1)

4 miles North of Santa Cruz, California on Hwy. 1. Take Mission Street through the center of town and continue on to Hwy. 1 towards San Francisco/ Halfmoon Bay. We are on the right side just after Dimeo Lane.


Location: 4444 Coast Rd. , Santa Cruz Map
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Mama Mia!
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Mountain Community Theater
Theater at its delightful best in Ben Lomond! Enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship
Date: Every day (Sep 20-Oct 20)
Ages: 12+

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

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


Location: Park Hall, 9400 Mill Street, Ben Lomond Map
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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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Pumpkin Junction
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Casa de Fruta
Date: Every day (Oct 1-Oct 31) from 9:00am to 4:00pm


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October 1st through October 31st, 8am - 8pm

Experience Pumpkin Junction on a Field Trip or on a family outing. Your children will make lasting memories as they enjoy the Harvest season and explore all that Casa de Fruta has to offer! Come and find the perfect pumpkin, mine for gemstones at Casa de Miner's Sluice, ride Casa de Choo Choo and take a spin on Casa de Carousel! For more info call 1-800-543-1702 or email info@casadefruta.com.

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Location: 10021 Pacheco Pass Highway, Hollister Map
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Little Rangers Portola
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State Park Portola Redwoods
Explore Portola Redwoods State Park
Date: Every Su and Sa at 10:00am


Little Rangers

Saturdays and Sundays at 10am

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


Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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Open Studios 2019
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Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County
The Cultural Council's Open Studios Art Tour brings artists and art enthusiasts together--from the redwoods to the sea
Date: Every Su and Sa (Oct 5-Oct 20) from 11:00am to 5:00pm


Open Studios is a free self-guided tour, produced by Arts Council Santa Cruz County, that invites the public into more than 300 artist studios across Santa Cruz County. Open Studios 2019 takes place the first three weekends of October, from 11am to 5pm Saturdays and Sundays.

 

  • North County: October 5 & 6

  • South County: October 12 & 13

  • All County: October 19 & 20

Questions: Contact Open Studios Director Ann Ostermann, 831-475-9600 x17, ann@artscouncilsc.org

 

Plan Your Tour

Pick up an Artist Guide

The 2019 Open Studios Artist Guide is FREE and available after September 18 alongside the Good Times at locations throughout Santa Cruz County (while supplies last).

View Good Times locations here. View additional locations here.


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Arata Farm Hay Maze
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Arata Pumpkin Farm
Hey everyone, it's that time of year again! Come on out to the farm and enjoy the world famous Minotaur's Labyrinth Hay Maze, or
Date: Every day (Sep 20-Oct 31) from 9:00am to 7:00pm


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Arata's Pumpkin Farm is the must-visited destination for all your pumpkin needs. We have pumpkins of all sizes and in dozens of varieties. We have the special pumpkin for everyone in your family!

 

But there's so much more to us than just pumpkins! Challenge yourself mentally and physically in our world famous two-acre Minotaur's Labyrinth hay maze. Take in the wonders of our six-acre corn field and Pumpkin River. Brace yourself for thrills and chills in our haunted barn. Kick back and enjoy one of our hay rides. There are also picnic areas throughout the farm, for when you want to relax and refuel.

 

Arata's is a terrific choice to spend the day with the young ones as well. We've got a Play Land playground with a miniature version of our hay maze, a train ride, guided pony rides and even a petting zoo! At Arata's Pumpkin Farm we have something for everybody!

Attractions and Fees: Minotaur's Labyrinth Hay Maze and Haunted Barn Combo ~  Hay Ride  ~  Pony Ride  ~  Play Land

October Hours

Sunday - Thursday 9am - 6:30pm

Friday - Saturday 9am - 10:30pm

 


Location: 185 Verde Rd, Half Moon Bay Map
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Usegi Farm for Fall Fun
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Uesugi Farms
Pumpkinville Railroad, Corn Maze, Pumpkin Blasters and Pumpkins for Sale
Date: Every day (Sep 20-Oct 31)
Admission Fees: free to enter, fees for ticketed rides

Ride the Pumpkinville Railroad!  Take a nostalgic ride aboard our Allan Herschell Iron Horse or our blue and yellow Arrow Streamliner trains. Visit Morgania, where our scarecrows live.

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

Saturday, October 5th
11am-1pm 
3pm - 5pm   Noah Kibreab Band
Sunday, October 6th
11am -  1pm Patty Kistner Band 
3pm-5pm  SDR
Saturday, October 12th
10:30am - 12:30pm Bert and the Cruzers 
3pm-7pm JJ Hawg   

ALL DAY Gourd Festival (gourd art, vendors, demos & exhibits)

 

 

Sunday, October 13th

12pm - 2pm  Relatively Key

5pm - 7pm Noah Kibreab Band 
 Saturday, October 19th
12pm - 2pm  Fred McCarty Band 
5pm - 7pm  Isiah
Sunday, October 20th
12pm - 2pm Patty Kistner Band 
5pm - 7pm Soul Kiss
Saturday, October 26th
12pm - 2pm Relatively Key
5pm - 7pm  Matt Massih Band
Sunday, October 27th 12pm - 2pm Wild West 
5pm - 7pm ) Noah Kibreab Band 
Thursday, October 31st
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
5pm - 7pm Morgan Hill downtown trick or treat

 

 

 

 

Get Lost in Kayla's Korn Maze.  Try to find your way out of this 2 acre corn maze with interactive trivia cards.  Fun for the whole family.

 

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Train Take a nostalgic ride aboard our Allan Herschell Iron Horse or our blue and yellow Arrow Streamliner trains. Visit Morgania, where our scarecrows live. Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

Pumpkin Pete's Enchanted Hayride Meet Pumpkin Pete and travel through some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring lands of Uesugi Farms. Visit Pumpkinland, our gorgeous Sunflower Gallery, and the spectacular Marigoldland, filled with over 100,000 hand-sown flowers. This one of a kind hayride is completely narrated and complimented with charming music. It's a must see! Operates 9am-6:30pm daily.

 

Corn Maze Take a stroll through this 2 acre corn maze and try to find your way out. Interactive trivia cards will help you navigate through this aMAIZEing Corn Maze. Fun for the whole family. Children under the age of 10 need to be accompanied by an adult. Operates 9am-closing.


The Cow TrainThis may be the silliest fun you have all year!A favorite with the kids!Operates 9am-closing daily. Last ride leaves 15 min to closing.

 

Butterfly Valley Take a stroll along this path and learn about the fascinating lives of butterflies through interactive storyboards. Operates 9am-Close daily.


Bootsie The Bee Follow the corn path to discover all of Bootsie's colorful, textured friends, and learn fascinating 'bee-facts' too. Be sure to visit Bootsie at night. All the storyboards are lit up with blacklights. Operates 9am-closing daily.

Carousel Everyone can remember riding a carousel as a youngster, and this one rivals the best.Operates 9am-closing daily.


Pumpkin Blasters Come and shoot targets with mini pumpkins out of this gun... at 90mph.What a blast!! Safe for all ages. Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

Bootsie's Honey Hut Bee sure to stop by Bootsie's Honey Hut. You can see live bees in their hive working away. You can purchase all kinds of bee-made goodies such as jars of honey, honey sticks, candy and candles. Get your honey all year long by visiting www.allhoneystore.com

Pumpkin Pyramid It takes over 4000 pumpkins to cover our pyramid. A splendiferice site of epic proportions. Have your picture taken while sitting in our king or queen thrones. Operates 9am-closing daily.


Petting Coral Don't forget to visit our friendly farm animals. Featuring goats, chickens, rabbits, ducks and our favorite, Henry the miniature donkey!Operates weekends  9am-5:30pm


Pony Rides Our sweet ponies will bring joy to everyone's faces. Stop for a photo to cherish this memory forever.Operates Sat-Sun 9am-5:30pm

 

Super Slide $3.50 per person/one time  Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

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Location: 14485 Monterey Highway, San Martin 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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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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