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Lecture: Coho Salmon
Ken Norris Memorial Lecture: Coho Salmon Saving a Species Living on the Edge
10/24/2017 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map

(0 Oct 2017) Seymour-CohoSalmon.jpgKen Norris Memorial Lecture:
Coho Salmon
Saving a Species Living on the Edge

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
6:30-8:00 PM


Join us for a lively and informative panel discussion about coho salmon, an iconic local species on the precarious edge of survival.

Central California coast coho salmon are a federally listed endangered species--and Santa Cruz County is at the southern end of their range. As dramatic fluctuations occur from wetter winters to prolonged droughts, what will changing conditions in our local streams mean? Come learn about this local salmon species struggling for survival on the edge of its range.

The 2017 Ken Norris Memorial Lecture will be moderated by Kate Roberts, President of the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership, and will host a panel of fisheries experts:

  • Joe Kiernan, NOAA Fisheries Research Ecologist
  • Kristen Kittleson, Santa Cruz County Fishery Resource Planner
  • Mark Galloway, Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project Hatchery Manager

Hosted by Pete Raimondi, Director of the Institute of Marine Sciences, UC Santa Cruz

The Ken Norris Memorial Lecture is free. Recommended for ages 12 and older.
Seating is limited and first-come, first-served.

No late seating (no entry after 6:30 PM)
Doors open to the lecture hall at 6:00 PM
Seymour Center opens to the public, with lecture passes available at 5:30 PM

Sponsored by Naomi Kirschenbaum

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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


Location: Veteran's Memorial Building, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Friday Night Live: Rivervale
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Enjoy live music every Friday Night in Abbott Square.
Date: Every Fri (Sep 22-Nov 25) from 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Special Instructions: Evergreen Street near Harvey West Park

Friday Night Live: Rivervale

Enjoy live music every Friday Night in Abbott Square. This week: Rivervale Rivervale is a fun, eclectic group of Santa Cruz and Soquel friends formed to play Jug Band, Old Timey, Country Blues, Originals and String Jazz. With guitars, mandolins and vocals, sterling harmonies and original tunes, plus intricate and beautiful guitar leads on acoustic jazz guitar and tube driven Telecaster, backed by upright bass, you're sure to get moving and grooving to this lively crew.   This program was...

 


Location: Abbott Square, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-1964 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Oktoberfest
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Catholic Community of San Agustin
Date: 10/13/2017 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm


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Okoberfest!

6:30-9:00pm


$15 per person (get tickets after mass or parish office)


Come enjoy good food, authentic homemade pretzels, and German beer. Arms worth of raffle tickets for $5 with prizes!

 


Location: 257 Glenwood Drive, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 831-438-3633 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Free Story Time and Craft Time
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Wonderland Toys & Classroom Resources
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month at 10:30am


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


Location: 4101-B2 Soquel Dr., Soquel Map
Phone: 831-316-7261 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Adoption Fair
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Pet Pals
Date: Every Sa from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


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

  PET PALS
  3660 Soquel Drive
​  Soquel, CA


Location: 3660 Soquel Drive, Soquel Map
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Capitola Book Sale
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Library Capitola
Hardbacks $2 and paperbacks $1
Date: 10/14/2017 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 Oct 2017) capitola-librarybooksale.jpgTime to stock up on some books for fall reading. Come and browse through hundreds of donated books in many genres at this fundraising event. While there, learn more about the new Capitola Library, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Location: 2005 Wharf Road, Capitola Map
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Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
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State Park Henry Cowell
Join us on a guided scavenger hunt along our trails.
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
Saturdays at 1 pm


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

 

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

 

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


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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San Benito Olive Festival
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San Benito Olive Festival
Enjoy the San Benito Olive Festival -wonderful tastes, drinks and entertainment
Date: 10/14/2017 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: $0 - $35
Special Instructions: Discounted tickets available until Nov 14, 2017

It's an Olive Date! Foodies and Families are all invited to enjoy local harvest and culinary delights at the fourth annual San Benito Olive Festival. This Gourmet Celebration is happening on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at the charming San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos, CA, just south of Hollister.

San Benito Olive Festival is a fresh culinary celebration with innovative creators and delectable pairings.

- Come taste award-winning olive oils, artisanal foods and fine chocolates
- Discover world-class wines and craft beers
- Become inspired by celebrity chef cooking demos
- Mingle with local growers and creators
- Create an olive wreath, a flower bouquet and paint an olive masterpiece
- Enjoy live music, local harvest and much more

The San Benito Olive Festival (SBOF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that exists to promote awareness and appreciation of the region's world-class culinary agriculture, premier artisans and to help support community causes with festival proceeds.


Location: San Benito County Historical Par, 8300 Airline Highway (Hwy 25), Tres Pinos Map
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Beliefs Behind Behaviors
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Beliefs Behind Behaviors
Date: 10/14/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: adults Admission Fees: $20.00
Special Instructions: Limited scholarships are sometimes available. Childcare will be provided onsite for $10 per child per class session, but please request it and/or sign up for it in advance.

A misbehaving child is a discouraged child, so let's discover the beliefs children's behaviors to help them regain their sense of belonging, significance, and contribution.


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 476-7284 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Leatherback Turtle Day and Talk
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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center
FREE family-friendly event celebrating California's state marine reptile!
Date: 10/14/2017
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: across from the Santa Cruz Wharf

(0 Oct 2017) LeatherbackTurtleDay.jpgLeatherback Turtle Day and Talk

Public · Hosted by Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

 

Join us for this FREE family-friendly event celebrating California's state marine reptile! This critically endangered species is the largest of the marine turtles, travelling upwards of 7000 miles across the Pacific Ocean from Indonesia to just off our shores in search of their food - jellyfish!

From 10am-5pm:

- Premiere of a new leatherback sea turtle film
- Leatherback costume dress up
- Live plankton viewing
- Enjoy leatherback artwork and kid activities

From 6-7:30PM:

Join us for an upcoming 25th anniversary speaker series "Sea Below the Surface" that will present the status and trends of key species, habitats, and resources of our sanctuary over the past 25 years. This four part series will feature local marine scientists and highlight our incredibly valued research partnerships that help to inform science conservation and resource protection within the sanctuary. Scott Benson (Marine Ecologist, NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Science Center and Moss Landing Marine Labs), will present, "The Pacific Leatherback Turtle: Ocean Ambassador with an Uncertain Future."

 


Location: 35 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 421-9993 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Historical Aircraft Display
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Young Eagles
Everyone is welcome to show and admire these historical aircraft
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

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

 

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

 

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

 

 For additional information call 768-3575

 


Location: Watsonville Aviation Education C, 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-768-3575 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Harvest Dinner
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St. Andrew's Church
Date: 10/14/2017 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm


You Are Cordially Invited to Attend Our Annual Harvest Dinner

 

Please RSVP so that we can reserve you a table! Sign up sheet is on the bulletin board by the office. This year we will be doing a potluck so check the board to see what you might want to bring. See you there!

 

Guest speaker: Lynn Robinson, Director of Valley Churches United Missions

 

It is amazing how much we can accomplish with all our hands joined together. Come see what your gifts of time, talent and money can accomplish.

 


Location: 101 Riverside Ave, Ben Lomond Map
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Spooky or Not Spooky!
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State Park Big Basin
A special walk for Halloween! We'll take a walk in the forest with an eye out for the weird and wonderful. Geared for young chi
Date: Every 2 weeks on Sa (Oct 14-Oct 28) at 11:30am


(0 Sept 2017) Spiderweb2.jpgSpooky or Not Spooky?


Saturday, October 14 at 11:30 am
AND Saturday, October 28 at 11:30 am


A special walk for Halloween! We'll take a walk in the forest with an eye out for the weird and wonderful. We'll examine cobwebs, burls, holes and other mysterious natural features from a different perspective, asking the question, "Is it Spooky or Not Spooky?"

 

Depending on how you look at things, the answer may change! Come along if you dare! Geared for young children, this is a one-hour easy walk.

 

Meet at Park Headquarters.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Bellies, Birth & Babies
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Birth Network of Santa Cruz County
Learn from birth and postpartum doulas, childbirth educators, birth photographers, midwives, fitness and yoga teachers about pr
Date: 10/14/2017 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Free Family Event • Saturday, October 14, 2017

Preregistration encouraged.

  • Pop-up Marketplace: Childish - children's clothing, toy& gifts, Primrose & Lace - maternity & nursing-wear, Sutter Lactation - nursing needs, Tiny Tot's - diapering needs
  • Over $1000 in Door Prizes! (Must be present to win!)
  • Hands-on Demos - Learn from birth and postpartum doulas, childbirth educators, birth photographers, midwives, fitness and yoga teachers about pregnancy, birth and postpartum topics.
  • Baby Wearing Information - Check out a variety of baby carriers!
  • Community Resources - Pick up useful information on community resources, classes and meetings.
  • Drop in for a visit - Don't have the whole afternoon free? You are welcome to just pop in.
  • Workshops - This event includes the option of participating in workshops to learn more about specific topics, as well as ongoing activities in the main hall throughout. Preregistration reserves a spot in the workshops of your choice.

Choose only one workshop per time block
2:40-3:10 workshops:

101 - Mother-Friendly Birth Choices: Minimizing routine interventions during birth
102 - Your Core and More: Strengthening and Healing: Acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, fitness.


4:00-4:30 workshops:

201 - Coping with Labor Pain: Exploring your options - Labor coping techniques and more
202 - Baby's Here, It Takes a Village: Sharing tips & local community resources - feeding, sleeping, thriving!

 

Connect with other expecting and new parents.

Meet with Birth Network's professional members and service providers.

Learn something new!

 

(If you are a birth network professional who would like to attend the event you must register here: www.bbb-professionals-fall2017.eventbrite.com)


Location: Pacific Cultural Center, 1307 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz 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: 10/14/2017 at 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 10am and 1pm

Snake Park Saturday
Saturday, October 14 at 2pm
Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Rancho del Oso Ranger Station to learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Discover reptile adaptations while observing native snakes on display. Meet at the Rancho del Oso Ranger Station.

 

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


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
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Arboretum Fall Plant Sale
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
Get some dazzling color for your home garden
Date: 10/14/2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Annual Fall Plant Sale

Hope to see you at the 2017 Fall Plant Sale scheduled for Saturday, October 14, from 10am-noon Members Only, Noon-4pm Open to the Public.


The information below pertains only to the Fall 2016 Plant Sale. The information will be updated for 2017.

Thank you to all our staff, volunteers, members and patrons who supported the 2016 Fall Plant Sale. It was a great success!

 

Ever wonder where gardeners and landscapers in-the-know purchase their plants? They flock to the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum Fall Plant Sale. The sale is in the Arboretum's Eucalyptus Grove, on High Street and the entrance is across from Western Drive, on the edge of the UC Santa Cruz campus.

 

Hundreds of varieties are carefully chosen to conserve California native plants and to introduce Australian, New Zealand, African and other beauties bred for water tolerance and pest control. The fall is a great time to get new plantings established in the garden.  The days are getting shorter, and soil and air temperatures begin to cool down. 

 

In partnership with the California Native Plant Society, the sale offers high quality, regionally-friendly plants from both groups at great prices.  Not a member of the Arboretum or California Native Plant Society and want to get in on the early bird selections from 10 am until noon? Memberships for both organizations will be available at the gate on the day of the sale.

 

 


Location: Arboretum Eucalyptus Grove, 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Young Eagles - Kids Fly Free
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Kds fly free EAA airplane rides, on the first Saturday of every month between January and April and then again between September
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 8 yrs - 17 yrs Admission Fees: Free

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

 

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

 

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


Location: Watsonville Aviation Education C, 60 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
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Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure
Date: Every Sa (Oct 7-Oct 21) from 11:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10
Special Instructions: See details for dates/times

Redwood Tours                                       
Saturday, October 7 at 11am and 2pm
Saturday, October 14 at 11am and 2pm
Saturday, October 21 at 11am and 2pm
Meet at the Visitor Center (day-use area located off Hwy 9 in Felton)
How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable docents will lead you through our magnificent old growth forest and answer any questions you may have.

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Kaiwa Open Studio and Play Time!
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Kaiwa Art & Play Space
Date: Every Fri and Sa from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: 3-12 Admission Fees: $15/hr
Special Instructions: Pre-registration required

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

 


Location: 185 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 316-0918 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Join the Monarch Butterfly University!
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State Park Natural Bridges
Learn to interpret the park, lead tours, host the visitor center and monarch butterfly grove, maintain the butterfly garden and
Date: Every Sa (Sep 16-Oct 14)

Special Instructions: Located at the end of West Cliff Drive

Volunteer Training - Natural Bridges State Beach

Starts Saturday September 16

Wednesday evening and half-days on Saturdays, through Saturday October 14

Do you enjoy nature and being outdoors? Do you feel a strong sense of giving to the community, promoting conservation and stewardship, and sharing knowledge with others? You can join our team of dedicated docent's at Natural Bridges and help connect park visitors to the natural and cultural resources. You will learn to interpret the park, lead tours, host the visitor center and monarch butterfly grove, maintain the butterfly garden and landscape, and more. For more information, please contact (831) 423-4609 or email NaturalBridgesStateBeach@gmail.com.

 


Location: 2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-4609 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Lobster Feed Fundraiser
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Mountain Parks Foundation
Imagine! Eating lobsters under the redwoods in support of State Parks!
Date: 10/14/2017 from 4:30pm to 8:30pm
Admission Fees: General Tickets: $75

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Mountain Parks Foundation Lobster Feed Fundraiser
Saturday, October 14 from 4:30 pm to 8 pm
General Tickets: $75
Online: www.mountainparks.org
By phone: (831) 335-3174

In person: Mountain Parks Foundation office (adjacent to the Nature Store in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park)


Twinkling lights under a canopy of stars, the delightful sounds of live music floating through the air - it's that time of year again! Join us for our annual Lobster Feed Fundraiser at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Enjoy a full dinner featuring a 1.5 pound fresh Maine lobster served with crisp salad, steaming corn-on-the-cob, warm garlic bread, wine and beer, coffee, and dessert. The bluegrass sounds of Highway One will add their own special magic to the evening.

 

Proceeds go to support environmental and cultural education programs at Henry Cowell Redwoods and Big Basin Redwoods State Park. For more information, please call (831) 335-3174, or email redwoods@mountainparks.org.


Location: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, 101 Big Trees Park Rd, Felton Map
Phone: 831.335.3174 •website Felton 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
Phone: 831-728-5898 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
"Earthquakes and the Adobe"
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Friends of the Santa Cruz State Parks
How historical earthquakes affected our adobe and the people who lived here, the monumental work done to reconstruct our adobe s
Date: 10/14/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Admission is free, donations gratefully accepted. Parking is extremely limited, so carpooling is encouraged.

Our adobe's story should have ended with 1989's Loma Prieta earthquake, but the right choices at the right times kept our story alive. Please join us for a snack from our restored cocina, a look at how historical earthquakes affected our adobe and the people who lived here, the monumental work done to reconstruct our adobe since Loma Prieta, and the efforts underway right now to ensure our story continues after our next big earthquake.

 

Join us at Castro Adobe State Historic Park for an open house event, "Earthquakes and the Adobe." Located in Larkin Valley, near Watsonville, the two-story Castro Adobe, built between 1848-49, is one of the finest examples of a rancho hacienda in the Monterey Bay area. Open House visitors will be able to tour the property including the restored cocina (kitchen) and the Potter-Church Garden. The garden is a unique outdoor space originally created by then-owners Elizabeth and David Potter (1968-72), in consultation with noted landscape architect Thomas Church.

Parking is limited; carpooling is encouraged.

 


Location: Castro Adobe State Historic Park, 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 429-1840 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Free Music Together Preview Classes!
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MusicalMe, Inc.
The Joy of Family Music
Date: Every day (Sep 17-Oct 14) from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 0-6 with parent/cargiver Admission Fees: FREE
Special Instructions: Schedule online www.musicalme.com or call 831 438 3514

MusicalMe, Inc./Music Together offers 45 minutes of peace, love and musical development with
FREE music classes.
Celebrating our 20th year with over 50,000 families served!

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CA - Ongoing from September 17-October 14: Do you know anyone who is musical and wishes that they weren't?!? Learn how to nurture your young child's musicality at a free preview class of Music Together® - an early childhood music and movement program for infants, toddlers, and preschool children and their parents or caregivers. Join us to discover why our family classes are not only fun but also highly-acclaimed, and bring so much music-making enrichment into the lives of our students. A musical life begins at home - we teach you why and how! Please call 831-438-3514 or email registrar@musicalme.com to register. Due to the size limit of our classes, preregistration is required before attending.

Where:
Ben Lomond - Campbell -- Cupertino - Cupertino - Los Gatos- Saratoga
Santa Cruz- Scotts Valley - Watsonville - MOD in Capitola - Marina - Monterrey

As the original parent-child music program, Music Together® has enriched the lives of families around the world for over twenty years. Since its founding in 1987, Music Together has communicated its basic philosophy - that all children are musical - through developmentally appropriate, research-based classes for children ages birth through kindergarten and their parents and caregivers. Hundreds of thousands of families have come to love Music Together classes - and music! Music Together classes nurture the inherent music lover in us all through play. Participate in a FREE preview class with your young ones and discover why everyone you know loves Music Together®. Experience first-hand just how fun learning and playing musically with your child can be. We'll teach you how to take music out of the box and put it into the hearts and hands of your young children, and you!


CONTACT: MusicalMe, Inc.
831-438-3514
PO Box 66438, Scotts Valley, CA 95067
www.MusicalMe.com


Location: Various Santa Cruz County Locati, 239 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Art Exhibition - From Fog to Flood
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San Lorenzo Valley Museum
Pictorial images of Water in the San Lorenzo Valley and surrounding area.
Date: Every day (Oct 1-Oct 31)


(0 Sept 2017) SLV_WaterArt_unningham-Creek.jpgArt Exhibition - From Fog to Flood - Pictorial images of Water in the San Lorenzo Valley and surrounding area.

Date: October 1 - 31, 2017

On Exhibition At: Community Wall, Santa Cruz County Government Building, 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz.

 

Cunningham Creek


Location: Santa Cruz County Government Bdg, 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Art Classes
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Santa Cruz Art League
The Santa Cruz Art League has a wide variety of classes: drop-in, weekend, series...
Date: Every day (Aug 1-Dec 15)


2017 Art Classes

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

2017 Art Classes

 

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


Location: Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
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Friends' 4th Edition Gala
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Friends of Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Date: Every day (Sep 16-Oct 21) at 10:00am


Are you brave enough to join Carol P. of Santa Cruz at the Friends' 4th Edition Gala? She's bringing some of the world's scary creatures with Penny Clarke.

Share with your Friends some wild stories at this year's Gala! Reserve your space here: http://fscpl.org/2017-friends-gala/

 


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Free First Friday
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Enjoy our intertidal touch pool, large-screen microscope, and geology exhibit and "dig pit".
Date: Every day from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: FREE

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


Location: East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Underwater Robotics Workshop
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Date: 10/15/2017 from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Ages: Students in grades 5-12
Special Instructions: three 90-minute sessions starting at 9:30 AM, 11:45 AM, or 2:00 PM.

Underwater Robotics Workshop                                                                 for Students (Grades 5-12), Teachers & Parents

Sunday, October 15, 2017
Workshop Sessions: 9:30AM-11:00AM, 11:45AM-1:15 PM, or 2:00PM-3:30PM

FOX_1839_smallJoin the Seymour Center and Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center of Monterey Peninsula College for a workshop designed to teach students in grades 5-12, and their teachers or parents, how to build underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). Learn how to incorporate marine science, technology, and physical science concepts into your curriculum by spending a day at the pool building an ROV!

The workshop will introduce participants to the MATE Center's ROV program and explain how students can participate in the annual ROV contest held each spring. Students and adults will also have the opportunity to design, build, and test their own ROV using simple, affordable materials.

The workshop will be held at the on-campus swimming pool at UC Santa Cruz. We will be offering three 90-minute sessions starting at 9:30 AM, 11:45 AM, or 2:00 PM. There is no fee to attend, however, reservations are required.

Location:
Each workshop session will be held at the on-campus swimming pool at UC Santa Cruz.

 

Cost:
There is no fee to attend; however, advanced registration is required.

To register: Complete this Google Form to register for a workshop session: Workshop Registration.


For more information on the Underwater Robotics Workshop and MATE Center ROV Contest, contact workshop instructor Kim Swan at (831) 402-9014 or kswan@marinetech.org.

 


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2017 Open Houses Castro Adobe
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State Park Castro Adobe
Join us for this easy guided walk to hear the stories of the Pjaro Valleys past.
Date: Every day (Mar 18-Dec 30) from 11:00am to 3:00pm

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

2017 Open House days at Castro Adobe

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

 

The open houses will be 11am to 3pm

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

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

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

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


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-335-6318 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
San Francisco Botanical Gardens
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San Francisco Botanical Garden
Escape to a unique 55-acre urban oasis of extraordinary beauty at San Francisco Botanical Garden, showcasing over 8,000 differen
Date: Every day

Special Instructions: 2nd Tuesday is FREE DAY

Second Tuesday of every month is free!

 

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

 

Free Admission Day Every second Tuesday of the month

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

 

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

Free Tours Daily; 1:30pm at Main Gate

 

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

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Free Admission Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden

 

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

Last entry: Fall & Winter

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

From a reviewer: 9/12/2016

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


Location: Golden Gate Park, 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco Map
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Calendar Contest
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Elkhorn Slough
Elkhorn Slough Calendar Photography Contest
Date: Every day (Apr 22-Nov 18)
Admission Fees: (Fee event: ESF Non-member $40/Member $35)

Elkhorn Slough Calendar Photography Contest

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Location: Porter Ranch, 1700 Elkhorn Rd, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 728-2822 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
A moveable feast of fresh, locally grown produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats and poultry, baked goods, music and good comp
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed and Sa
Ages: All

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Location: 2801 Mission St, Santa Cruz Map
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Wharf's 172nd Birthday Ceebration
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Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf Association
Come in a pirate or sailor costume
Date: 10/15/2017 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: Birthday bites available for purchase

Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf to hold 172nd Birthday Celebration on Sunday, October 15, 2017 during the Monterey History Fest weekend

 

The Monterey Fisherman's Wharf Association will sponsor and hold Monterey's Old  Fisherman's Wharf 172nd  Birthday Celebration at Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, California. The special celebration will take place during the Monterey's History Fest weekend of activities.


This free family-friendly event will feature:

  • Live entertainment by The Anthony Lane Band from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Master of Ceremonies David Marzetti will host the event and conduct Wharf free prize drawings every half hour.
  • Meet the Mayor: Meet & Greet with City of Monterey Mayor Clyde Roberson at 3:00 p.m. and he will cut the first slice of Wharf Birthday cake at 3:30 pm
  • Free Wharf Birthday Cake at the Wharf Tent in front of Abalonetti Bar & Grill at 3:30 pm. Enjoy a free slice of the delicious whale-theme birthday cake donated by Fisherman's Wharf Association.

•            Meet Monterey Police, Fire & Local Heroes.

•            Enjoy the Face Painter, Stilt Walker and Balloon Artist.

  • The community is invited to bring their historic Wharf photos and photo albums to Share Your Wharf Memories between 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at the Wharf Tent.
  • Free one-hour "Wharf Walks" with Fisheries Historian Tim Thomas at 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm starting at the head of the Wharf.
  • To celebrate the birthday event, many Wharf restaurants will also feature many "Wharf Birthday Bites" for purchase.***
  • The event will commemorate the Argentine sailor pirate Hippolyte Bouchard who raided and occupied Monterey in 1818. Attendees are invited to come in a pirate or sailor costume and take "selfies" with pirate statues on the Wharf.

More informationwww.montereywharf.com or call (831) 238-0777.


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Global Sea Level Rise
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Tim Stanton, Ph.D. will share insights into potential impacts on global sea level rise.
Date: 10/15/2017 at 1:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free with admission
Special Instructions: We are located at the end of Delaware Avenue.

Join us Sunday for our monthly science lecture series: Global​ ​Sea​ ​Level​ ​Rise: The​ ​Influence​ ​of​ ​Antarctic​ ​Ice Shelves
Sunday, October 15, 2017, 1:30 PM


Tim Stanton, Ph.D., Research Professor, Naval Postgraduate School


Come learn about a recent four-year field program to the remote Pine Island Ice Shelf in Western Antarctica. Over the years, scientists drilled a series of 1500-feet-deep holes through the 30-mile-long ice shelf, lowering ocean instruments into the space below.Instruments were then left in place, reporting data about ice melting and ocean mixing rates back to the lab in Monterey by satellite.
Join Tim Stanton as he describes an overview of the massive Antarctic ice sheets, their floating ice shelves, and the processes that control their melting. He will also share insights into potential impacts on global sea level rise.

 


Location: La Feliz room, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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Sunday Seaside Crafts
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join us with your small fry every Sunday for hands-on fun!
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Kids and up Admission Fees: General admission fees apply.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Sponsored by: Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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Paws in the Park Series
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Coastal Wattershed Council
Paws in the Park is organized to encourage people and pets to exercise at the Santa Cruz Riverwalk, a city park along the lower
Date: The 3rd Su of every month (May 21-Sep 24) from 10:00am to 11:30am


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

 

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

 

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


Location: Riverwalk, Gateway Plaza by PetSmart, Santa Cruz Map
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SPIN Fun Fundraiser
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SPIN
Date: The 3rd Su of every month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm



Location: Sutter Maternity and Surgery Cen, 2900 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.423-7713 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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: 10/15/2017 at 10:30am

Special Instructions: Sept 20 and 30

Outlook from Mt. McAbee
Sunday, October 15 at 10:30 am
Join Docent Hal Anjo on a 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. Difficulty level is moderate. The hike is six miles and about three and a half hours. Bring plenty of water, snacks and good hiking shoes. Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
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Berry Creek Falls Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Join us for a moderate to strenuous 11 mile loop hike to the 65 foot falls
Date: 10/15/2017 at 9:30am


Berry Creek Falls Hike
Sunday, October 15 at 9:30 am
Travel deep into the heart of Big Basin as you experience a wide range of habitats on this moderate to strenuous 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.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Flowers and Festivals!
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Santa Cruz CRAFT
Learn about flower production and make your own dried flower wreath
Date: 10/15/2017 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm


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Sunday, October 15, 2017, 2-5pm Camp Joy Gardens, 131 Camp Joy Rd. Boulder Creek

 

Camp Joy is a 4.5 acre non-profit organic farm, founded in 1971 as a place to learn and practice a diversified, restorative agriculture, which combines beauty, productivity, and ecological health. At our annual Open House and Harvest Celebration we sell many beautifully made products straight from the farm: we offer dried flower wreaths, garlic and onion braids, candles, honey, and other goodies for sale as well as yummy treats to sample.


In this workshop, you will learn about flower production and have the opportunity to make your own dried flower wreath (materials will be provided). We will also share some lessons learned from 40 years of holding successful community events on our farm.

 

Space is limited, RSVPs will be taken through the Santa Cruz CRAFT mailing list at the beginning of October, with priority given to Santa Cruz County apprentices.


Location: Camp Joy Garden, 131 Camp Joy Rd, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-3651 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
SPIN Family Support Meeting
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SPIN
All Disabilities Parent Support Group
Date: The 3rd Su of every month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Special Parents Information Network, SPIN

Invites ALL parents of children with any type of disability to the All Disabilities* Parent Support Group

 

Get emotional and informational support from special speakers and from parents who are parenting special needs children with similar disabilities

 

RSVP's are ideal to make enough handouts (but not required) contact Nancy for RSVP, to add you to our email list, or for more info, at nwinans@spinsc.org OR call us at 423-7713

Child care will not be provided at these meetings.


See you soon! Nancy Winans, SPIN Mentor Program Coordinator

 

*autism, developmental delays, physical or medical disabilities, learning disabilities, neurobehavioral disabilities such as: TS, OCD, ODD, NVLD, AD/HD, or Bi-polar) and other conditions


Location: Sutter Maternity and Surgery Cen, 2900 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.423-7713 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
SuperKid Triathlon
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Finish Line Productions
A swim, bike and run course for kids!
Date: 10/15/2017


 

SuperKid Triathlon and Splash & Dash

 

SuperKid has always been about building strong bodies and healthy kids. This means getting them off the couch, away from the TV, phones, video games, and outside for some healthy physical activity. 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. Not to mention a cool finisher medal and matching shirt.

Once final results are posted you'll be able to download an official finisher certificate with event info, age group, total time and place to remember the event.

 

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

For 2017 we will also be participating in USAT's Splash & Dash Series, just swim and bike, for ages 7 - 15. There will be one Splash & Dash wave start for each course configuration. See Wave Starts for course times.

 

Triathlon Relay Teams for ages 7 - 15. Please read the information about teams here.

Registering by October 1 guarantees that we will have your child's t-shirt size. We try and guess sizes based on age for everyone who registers after we need place the shirt order but we don't always hit the mark!

 

2017 Pricing for SuperKid Triathlon

Pricing is inclusive of credit card processing fees. The price listed is the price you will pay on Run Sign Up (plus USAT if applicable)

 Ages 6 and Under    
FROM TO PRICE
Dec 1 Mar 31 $25.00
April 1 June 30 $30.00
July 1 Sept 30 $35.00
After October 1   $40.00
     
 Ages 7 to 15    
FROM TO PRICE
Dec 1 Mar 31 $30.00
April 1 June 30 $35.00
July 1 Sept 30 $40.00
After October 1   $45.00
     
Relay Team Pricing
   
Dec 1 Mar 31 $85.00
April 1 June 30 $90.00
July 1 Sept 30 $95.00
After October 1   $100

 

Kids 6 and under may have assistance or floatation devices to get across the pool! We always have safety swimmers in the pool, but kickboards, noodles, and arm floaties are just fine too.

 

All kids who participate will receive a finisher's medal a t-shirt, swim cap, and other special sponsor gifts.


Location: Simpkins Swim Center, 979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Science Sunday
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join us on the third Sunday of every month (except December) for a public lecture from a marine scientist
Date: The 3rd Su of every month at 1:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free with admission
Special Instructions: We are located at the end of Delaware Avenue.

(A Dec) Seymour_ScienceSunday3.jpgJoin us 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 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 are one hour long, including time for a few questions at the end. Science Sunday is free with admission, and always free for members. Recommended for ages 10 and older.

Free ADMISSION for Seymour Center Members and UC Santa Cruz Undergraduates with valid Student ID.


Location: La Feliz room, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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Open Studios
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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 7-Oct 22) from 11:00am to 5:00pm


Welcome!

 

The 2017 Open Studios Artist Guide is now available! The FREE Artist Guides are being distributed by our partner, Good Times – find your copy alongside the Good Times in all of their delivery locations – click here for a list of their major distribution points in Santa Cruz. Guides will be replenished in late September and early October.

 

Artist Guides are also available at businesses throughout Santa Cruz County and beyond. Click here for a list of outlets.

 

The FREE Open Studios App is in the final test stages and will be ready September 25th on iTunes & GooglePlay.

 

This year’s tour features 302 artists… This year’s cover features an image of Taylor Reinhold, Artist #208, in his Soquel studio.

 

Like the Arts Council on Facebook – Open Studios artist profiles are underway and our daily Fab Four posts started on September 1st. The profiles are a great way to learn more about our artists and what they have in store for you this year!

 

This year’s Visitor Survey will be available starting Monday, October 9th. Everyone who submits a survey will be entered for a chance to win $100 in Open Studios Art Bucks. Visitors who fill in the optional “Buzzy Bee Count” at the end of the survey will be entered for a second chance to win $100 in Open Studios Art Bucks. See page 81 in the Artist Guide for more details!Dates for 2017 Tour:

 

  • October 7th & 8th  North County
  • October 14th & 15th  South County
  • October 21st & 22nd  All County

Studios open 11:00AM to 5:00PM.


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"9 to 5" MUSICAL
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Mountain Community Theater
Date: Every day (Sep 22-Oct 21)
Admission Fees: $25
Special Instructions: Community Afternoon is Sunday, November 29. Tickets are 2 for $20.

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Mountain Community Theater is proud to present 9 TO 5, THE MUSICAL, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick. 9 TO 5, THE MUSICAL is directed by Daria E. Troxell, with music direction by Nicki Kerns and choreography by Whitney James-Heskett.

 

The production opens at Ben Lomond's historic Park Hall on Friday, September 22, and continues on weekends through Saturday, October 21.

 

Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 2:00 p.m. on October 1, 8, and 15.

 

General Admission tickets are $25.00; student and senior tickets are $20.00. There will be a champagne reception after the show on opening night. "Ladies' Night" is Thursday, September 28 at 8:00 p.m., with two tickets for $22.00. There will also be a special "Talk Back with the Cast and Director" after the Sunday matinee on October 1. Tickets are available at http://mct9to5.brownpapertickets.com/

 

Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture, and set in 1979, this musical comedy of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic. Pushed to the boiling point, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical and bigoted boss, Franklin Hart, Jr. In a turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee manage to kidnap Hart and trap him in his own house, while assuming control of his department. The women work together to help improve both their personal and professional situations. But just how long can they keep him tied up?

 

This show is rated PG-13. Some content may not be appropriate for young children. The show is directed by MCT veteran Daria E. Troxell, with music direction by Nicki Kerns and choreography by Whitney James-Heskett. More information regarding the creative staff is available at: https://mctshows.org/press-release/

 

The cast features MCT favorites as well as new faces that we are proud to present to MCT audiences for the first time: MarNae Taylor (Violet Newstead), Sandi Lewandowski (Judy Bernly), Morgan Peters (Doralee Rhodes), W. Scott Whisler (Franklin Hart, Jr.), Sarah Marsh (Roz Keith), Maxwell Björk (Josh), Benjamin Canant (Joe), Bobby Gerbode (Dwayne), Phillip Heskett (Dick), Mary Ann LoBalbo (Missy Hart), Shannon Marie Kerr (Kathy), Amanda Payne (Maria), Jennie Edwards (Margaret), Jackson Wolffe (Tinsworthy), and ensemble members Kate Cunningham, Dave Halper, Mary Hanrahan, Scott Kravitz, Hayley Mears, Sally Munro, Alexie Sadri and Cassandra Stipes.

 

Mountain Community Theater (MCT) is the longest-running community theater in Santa Cruz County, started in 1982 by a collective of actors. MCT is a member-run non-profit organization that relies on support from its performances, season subscribers, and royalties from its own company-created script, "Miracle on 34th Street, the Play." For more about MCT and its "Miracle," visit https://mctshows.org/our-miracle/.

 


Location: Park Hall, 9400 Mill St., Ben Lomond Map
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The Smithsonian Is Coming!
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San Lorenzo Valley Museum
Hometown Teams explores the deep roots of sports in American culture, and shows how we engage in and watch sports to have fun, b
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Oct 14-Nov 26)


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Hometown Teams explores the deep roots of sports in American culture, and shows how we engage in and watch sports to have fun, build up our communities, and support each other.

 

Hometown Teams is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.


Opening Reception Oct 14, 2-4pm

 

 


Location: 12547 Hwy 9, Boulder Creek Map
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Pumpkins near the Beaches
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Crystal Bay Farm
Family-friendly afternoon on the farm
Date: Every day (Oct 1-Oct 29)


Crystal Bay Farm If you haven't already, get this one on your radar. From what we've heard, there are farm animals to visit, live music on the weekends, a movie night, and the location ain't to shabby-in between Sunset and Manresa State Beaches.


 


Location: 40 Zils Rd, Watsonville Map
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Tour the Pacific Migrations Center
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State Park New Brighton
Self-guided tour highlights history of Pacific Rim migrations
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 7-12

 Tour the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach

Come explore the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach. This free mini-museum highlights the history of Pacific Rim migrations and how they have influenced the Monterey Bay area. 

The exhibits explore the contributions of Chinese fishers, who established fishing camps on the Monterey Bay coastline beginning in the 1850s. Fishers dried and shipped most of their catch to markets up and down the coast, as well as across the Pacific. Chinese fish merchants also sold their fresh catch in local towns. China Beach, as New Brighton was known at the time, lasted until the mid-1880s. 

The center, which is supported by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays. It also includes a ParkStore, offering nature and history-themed merchandise for sale. All proceeds benefit local parks and beaches.

Self-guided tours of the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center are free. Docent-led tours are available for groups. Contact Jean Bernard at the Visitor Center, 831-464-5620, to schedule. Parking at New Brighton State Beach is $10 and supports the park. New Brighton State Beach is located at 1500 Park Ave. in Capitola


Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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Adult Crafts
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Library Felton
Come join us at The Felton Library for Adult Afternoon Arts and Crafts
Date: Every Su and Sa 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 with this week's craft: Leaf Painting!

 

 


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
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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!
Date: Every day (Sep 22-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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Cybersecurity in Today's World
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By practicing strong and safe online habits, you can better protect your identity and the networks you use at home, at work and
Date: Every day (Oct 3-Nov 4)

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Stop. Think. Connect.

SCPL News

Cybersecurity is stronger when we all do our part to keep the internet safe. Whether you are a business owner, a parent, child, teacher, student, or senior, YOU have an impact on cybersecurity. By practicing strong and safe online habits, you can better protect your identity and the networks you use at home, at work and anywhere you log on.

 

Join a Library IT expert in one of several cybersecurity workshops designed to help you connect online safely. These workshops are a partnership between the national STOP THINK CONNECT initiative and the Santa Cruz Public Libraries. Our current set of classes are specifically tailored for Older Community Members, Business Owners, Kids, Teens and their parents.

 

Cybersecurity in Today's World

Cybersecurity for Parents

Cybersecurity for Older Americans

Cybersecurity for Kids (5 - 10)

Cybersecurity for Middle Schoolers (11 - 14)

Cybersecurity for High Schoolers (15 - 18)

  • Friday OCT 6
    • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
    Aptos Library • 7695 Soquel Drive

Keep Your Business Safe Online

More resources to keep you secure online are available at stopthinkconnect.org

 


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Santa Cruz Film Festival
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Santa Cruz Film Festival
Ten days of entertaining and enlightening cinema and events
Date: Every day (Oct 11-Oct 15)
Admission Fees: Single screening for $10 or Festival pass $50

We don't just watch films, we experience them. Pulling from the varied creative talents of our community we enhance each film screening by making it a unique event that cannot be replicated. You don't come here to see a film, you come to remember it.

 

These are amazing films!  Please read the descriptions! You will want to attend at lease several if not all of them!

 

CLICK FOR THE 2017 FESTIVAL PROGRAM

 

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Location: Tannery Arts Center, 1050 River St, Santa Cruz Map
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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 25-Oct 31) from 9:00am to 7:00pm


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You can lose yourself in our 6 acre corn field and pumpkin river. Try to challenge yourself intellectually and physically in our 2 acre world famous Minotaur's Labyrinth Hay Maze. Take a walk on the wild side and adventure into our Haunted Barn. Relax and enjoy yourself on our Hay Ride.

 

Or you can let the kid's play in our Play Land playground with Miniature Hay Maze, on the Children's Train Ride or have fun with our animals in the Petting Zoo. We also have many picnic areas throughout the farm, at Arata Pumpkin Farm we have something for everybody.

 

We also have dozens of varieties of pumpkins and sizes. We have a special pumpkin for everyone in your family! Feel free to give us a call, send us an email or just come to the farm. We would love to see you.

 

Our Hours
Monday - Friday 9am - 7pm
Saturday - Sunday 9am - 8pm

 

Family Package $15 per Adult ~ $20 per Child Attraction
A minimum of one paid adult and one paid child, age 10 and under are required to qualify for this package


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 (Oct 1-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.


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.

 

(0 Sept 2017) hayjump.jpgHay Jump  Have the kids jump on this gianormous jumper made of giant haybales. What a great way for the kids to burn some energy!

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.

 

The Cow Train  This may be the silliest fun you have all year! A favorite with the kids!

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.


Pumpkins for Sale

We have tons of pumpkins to choose from.  All sorts of sizes, shapes and varieties.  We also sell haybales, corstalks, indian corn, different squashes, gourds and flowers.

 

Butterfly Valley  Take a stroll along this path and learn about the fascinating lives of butterflies through interactive storyboards.

Operates 9am-6:30pm 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.

 

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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.

 

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.

 

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Location: 14485 Monterey Highway, San Martin Map
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Measure S Talks
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Measure S projects are heating up!
Date: Every day


Measure S Building Projects

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Catch up on all Measure S projects in one place: https://www.santacruzpl.org/measure_s/

 

On February 11, 2016, the SCPL Facilities Financing Authority placed a $67 million bond measure (later designated Measure S) on the June, 2016 ballot. With 70% approval, voters agreed to fund Measure S. These funds are intended to improve each and every facility in the SCPL system, with new buildings slated for Capitola and Felton and a major renovation or new build under consideration for Downtown Santa Cruz.

 

We encourage you to keep up to date with these building projects and to participate in the planning process. These are YOUR libraries, so lets imagine the future together.

 


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Halloween Scary Boo! & Spooky Zoo
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Gilroy Gardens
Trick'r Treating for the kids through our four "Boo Zones". Collect clues and get a goodie bag
Date: Every day (Sep 30-Oct 29) from 11:00am to 6:00pm


Scarecrow Alley on Sycamore Bridge - Community Scarecrow displays brought to you by local charities and businesses. Groups who are chosen to decorate receive complimentary tickets to Gilroy Gardens for their organization.


Trick'r Treating for the kids through our four "Boo Zones". Collect clues and get a goodie bag at our Welcome Center! (Children in costume welcome, no adult costumes please.)

  • Kiddie Hay Maze - just for the little ones with friendly ghosts.
  • Pinnacles Scary Maze - the twists and turns reveal Halloween scenes.
  • Spider's Lair - come see what's happened to Monarch Garden!
  • Spooky Zoo - Our Petting Zoo becomes spookified! For the Faint of Heart-one side of the zoo is still the cute and cuddly animals you love. But for the Brave of Heart-enter if you dare! The creepy critter side has reptiles and spooky creatures you can get up close and personal with. See snakes, lizards, toads, dragons, tarantulas, giant bugs and more! Additional charge for Petting Zoo-Adults FREE with paying Child. $5 per Child. (Not included with Membership or Park Admission.) All proceeds go to Pony Up! for the care of the animals.

And visit our Pumpkin Patch...featuring our very own PARK-GROWN pumpkins!


Location: 3050 Heckler Pass, Gilroy Map
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Open Studio Preview
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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 (Sep 30-Oct 22)


Open Studio Preview

Saturday, September 30 - Sunday, October 22, 2017

Reception: October 1, Sunday 3:00pm - 6:00pm


In partnership with the Santa Cruz County Arts Council, the Open Studios Preview Exhibition will offer a sneak peak of the great art of over 300 Santa Cruz County artists participating in the Open Studios Art Tours in the first three weekends in October.

 

For details, please visit the Santa Cruz Arts Council's site, www.artscouncilsc.org/open-studios/


Location: Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
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World Pumpkin Celebrates The Great Gourd
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Half Moon Bay
It's Pumpkin Time in Pumpkin Town! Get Your Orange On! Annual Art & Pumpkin Festival
Date: Every day (Oct 14-Oct 15) from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Main Street (between Miramontes and Spruce Streets)

47th Annual HALF MOON BAY ART & PUMPKIN FESTIVAL, Oct. 14-15.

 

The World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay celebrates its bountiful fall harvest and autumn splendor with a special display of gigantically enormous/heavyweight champion pumpkins, smashing entertainment with four stages of stellar live music, the home-spun Great Pumpkin Parade, a bone-chilling Haunted House, boo-tiful harvest-inspired crafts, tasty homestyle foods, premium wines, seasonal craft beer, pumpkin-infused ales, pumpkin-flavored artisanal cocktails.

 

Expert pumpkin carver Farmer Mike sculpz monster pumpkins into amazing one-of-a-kind masterpieces.  Photos with the Goliath grand champion mega-gourd, pie-eating and costume contests, pumpkin carving for fun, the world's largest mosaic pumpkin sculpture that measures 12-feet long, 11-feet high and weighs 10,000 pounds by artist Peter Hazel.

 

"Smashing Pumpkins: Battle of the Bands", the Comcast Take 5 Lounge with giant screen TV, wild and wacky waterballerz, a 24' rock climbing wall, ultra thrilling bungee jump, selfies and fun with the delightfully rotund, playful and mischievious Pumpkin Festival mascot "Gourdy", and the Sunday-only "Made on the Coast" local artists block with art and live music.

 

Festival admission is free. Pets are not allowed. Presented by the non-profit Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee which has raised several million dollars for community service organizations and civic improvements in its 47 year history.

 

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PUMPKIN WEIGH-OFF

 

SMASHING ENTERTAINMENT ON FOUR STAGES


FABULOUS FOOD & DRINK

 

FUN-FILLED EVENTS AND CONTESTS
Pancmpkins: Battle of the Bands" (Saturday and Sunday, 3 PM), Pumpkin Run & Stroll (Sunday, 8 AM), Pumpkin Carving for fun/no judging (Sunday, 10 AM).

 


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Location: Main Street, Half Moon Bay 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 30-Oct 15) from 10:00am to 6:00pm


Theme Weekends

September 16th & 17th
Opening Weekend

New this year! Opening weekend special is now available for purchase online. No waiting in line at the Box Office to use your coupon. This year buy your opening weekend individual one day General Admission ticket online at the low price of $18 (a $10 savings!) plus processing fee.Online purchase only. Click here!
September 23rd & 24th
Pirate Invasion
Beware of pirates invading the village of Willingtown. The Queen's Royal Guardsmen are on the look out for pillaging Privateers and ne'er do well seafarers. Children 7 and under can meet the Queen in our annual wee pirate costume contest.
September 30th & October 1st
Heroes & Warriors
We honor our military and invite you to celebrate as your favorite hero. Be it a knight in shining armor, or an Amazon Princess, all warriors are welcome.
October 7th & 8th
Oktoberfest
The Saint Hubertus German Mercenaries and their camp followers have arrived in the village to meet with the Queen. Kick off the Harvest season and raise a mug of Willingtown ale along side of them as they celebrate Oktoberfest.
October 14th & 15th
Fantasy Forever
Join the fun and find your fantasy in our lively, little village as we welcome curious creatures and fantastical folk born from the imaginations of our guests. From ancient mystical creatures to Shakespearean fairies to futuristic time travelers, all are welcome.

 

Fantasy Costume Contest, Saturday!
Adults and children can register at the Centre Stage in the Food Court and be presented to the Queen. Times and details to be determined.

 

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Location: Casa De Fruta, 10031 Pacheco Pass Hwy, Hollister 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 14-Oct 29)
Admission Fees: Adults: $45 ~ Children: $35 (ages 2-12)

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Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party

OCTOBER 14 - 15, 21 - 22 & 28 - 29

 

ANNOUNCING THE TOUR'S MOST EXCITING YEAR EVER AS MATTEL DEBUTS TALKING THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE AND THOMAS' BEST FRIEND PERCY!


Little engineers won't believe their eyes-or their ears! Percy will be joining Thomas the Tank Engine on the rails! Also, Thomas the Tank Engine will be able to talk to his fans!


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

 

Activities include: Temporary Tattoos, Face Painting, Story Telling, Videos, Train Play Tables, Pick a Pumpkin (small pumpkins for little ones), Cookie decorating, photos with Sir Topham Hatt, Thomas store and entertainment.


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Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Thriller Dance Classes!
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Classes on Saturdays so you can Dance the Thriller on Halloween
Date: Every day (Sep 16-Oct 21) at 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free

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Get your zombie make up ready! FREE Thriller dance classes at the Louden Nelson Community Center begin Saturday Sept 16 at 10:00 am.

 

Drop in!

 

 

BIG THRILLER DANCE EVENT OCT. 28

 


Location: Louden Nelson Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Guided Redwood Grove Walks
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure - ask any questions you may have
Date: Every Su and Sa at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10
Special Instructions: Saturdays at 11 am & 2 pm

Guided Redwood Grove Walks

Saturdays at 11 am & 2 pm

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

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
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Halloween@Night
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Gilroy Gardens
Discover a whole new kind of magical, mystical Halloween adventure this fall!
Date: Every day (Sep 30-Oct 29) from 11:00am to 6:00pm


Halloween@Night

Discover a whole new kind of magical, mystical Halloween adventure this fall!

September 29 - October 29, 2017 | Friday-Sunday, 7pm-10pm


A Mysterious Glow...

As the sun goes down, the park will light up with a mysterious glow...and there will be scares and dares, tricks and treats, and plenty of spooky-but-not-too-scary night-time fun for all ages!

Rides will not be in operation during Halloween@Night.


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The Marketplace

Stop by The Marketplace for specialty food & drink, games & crafts for all ages.  Little ones can wear their costumes and begin their Trick-or-Treating adventure around the park here.

 

 

Spooky Entertainment!

Snuggle up around the fire for Halloween stories, take a ride and search for spooks hiding in the South County Backroads, then sit down for an episode of The Addams Family, Bewitched, or The Munsters at the amphitheater!  

 

There's lots of spooky fun for the whole family!

 


Location: 3050 Heckler Pass, Gilroy 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 and Sa (Oct 8-Oct 28) from 9:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See different times

Coffee Talk and Crafts
Saturday, October 7 from 9-noon
AND Saturday, October 21 from 9:30-12:30
AND Sunday, October 22 from 9:30-12:30
AND Saturday, October 28 from 9:30-12:30
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. 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 activity!


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Open Studio Preview
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Date: Every Su and Sa (Sep 30-Oct 22)


Open Studio Preview

Saturday, September 30 - Sunday, October 22, 2017

Reception: October 1, Sunday 3:00pm - 6:00pm

In partnership with the Santa Cruz County Arts Council, the Open Studios Preview Exhibition will offer a sneak peak of the great art of over 300 Santa Cruz County artists participating in the Open Studios Art Tours in the first three weekends in October.

For details, please visit the Santa Cruz Arts Council's site, www.artscouncilsc.org/open-studios/

 


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Mr. Limoncello's Great Library Escape Game
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Library Central
Are you clever enough to escape from Mr. Lemoncello's library?
Date: Every day (Oct 1-Oct 24)
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Escape Game


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Are you clever enough to escape from Mr. Lemoncello's library?

Kids aged 7 and up are invited to join us for a fun and challenging scavenger hunt, similar to the one depicted in the exciting book, Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library.

 

Kids search for clues in the library and solve the puzzle, then enter your completed puzzle in the raffle drawing at Bookshop Santa Cruz. The Scavenger Hunt will be in the upstairs kids room at the Downtown Branch starting October 1st going through October 24th.

 

Author Chris Grabenstein will be appearing at Bookshop Santa Cruz on Oct. 24th at 4:00pm, and raffle prize winners will be chosen at the event. Join the fun and meet one of our favorite authors!

 


Location: Upstairs Room, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Take the Dogs Out!
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Hang out with adoptable dogs
Date: Every day from 9:00am to 3:00pm


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

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

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Location: 2685 Chanticleer Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Art in the Arboretum
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
Highlights of this exhibition include gigantic woven nests, ceramic fields of wild mustard, concrete Eucalyptus seedpods with en
Date: Every day (May 20-Nov 17)
Admission Fees: $5 for Adults and $2 for Children (6 to 17 years old), and free under 6
Special Instructions: open from 9:00 to 5:00, except July 4, Thanksgiving Day, December 25-26 & 30-31, and January 1-6.

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

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

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

 

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

 

  • The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden is open from 9:00 to 5:00, except July 4, Thanksgiving Day, December 25-26 & 30-31, and January 1-6. A visit is worthwhile any time of the year.
  • $5 for Adults and $2 for Children (6 to 17 years old), and free under 6.
  • Free to those going only to shop at Norrie's.
  • Free to UCSC students

Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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