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Small Business Saturday
Show your support for local, independent businesses by making purchases at your favorite small businesses.
11/24/2018

(0 A November 2018) SmallBusinessSaturday2018.jpgWe're happy to be participating in Small Business Saturday again this year! If you're a subscriber to our weekly email newsletter, you'll get 25% off all used items! If you're not, just sign up on the spot and we'll give you the discount. Shop local and help your community prosper!

Small Business Saturday is a day to show your support for local, independent businesses by making purchases at your favorite small businesses. By shopping with locally owned, independent businesses, you make a much greater positive impact on the local economy than when you shop online or in big chain stores.

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Dia De Los Muertos
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Celebrate the dead with an all-ages festival throughout Downtown Santa Cruz.
Date: 11/03/2018 from 12:30pm to 6:00pm


(0 A September 2018) MAH_DiaDeLosMuertos2018.jpgCelebrate the dead with an all-ages festival throughout Downtown Santa Cruz.

Experience vibrant dance performances. Get your face painted. Indulge in delicious food. Join in on a procession to enjoy more dance, music and outdoor altars at Evergreen Cemetery.

Día de los Muertos is presented in partnership with Senderos, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

Altar Contest
Be inspired by altars created by local organizations, artists, and community members. Enter your own for a chance to win prizes!
More details coming soon!

At-a-glance Schedule

12:30-2:00pm Begin with facepainting by Mariposa's Art, tissue paper flowers with Salud y Cariño, luminaries with Hospice of Santa Cruz County and art activities with Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks in Abbott Square and on Cooper St.

2:00pm Gather in Cooper St to proceed to Evergreen Cemetery

2:20-2:45pm Procession stops at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park with performance by Los Diablos Del Llano De Tecomates

3:00-3:30pm Procession moves on to Evergreen Cemetery

3:30-6pm Conclude with music, dancing, Mexican food & drink by Senderos and altars at Evergreen Cemetery

Explore an outdoor altar installation connecting those buried in Evergreen with current active community members, groups and local social issues including: Louden Nelson Community Center, Volunteer Veteran's of Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz Community Health Centers, E. Clampus Vitus, and many more.

6:15pm: Movie Screening of Coco. We invite visitors to sit back, relax and enjoy this family friendly film in Evergreen Cemetery. Popcorn will be provided. Bringing your own blanket or lawn chairs is recommended.


Location: 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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SLV Chili CookOff
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Library Felton Library Friends
Eat chili and support the library!
Date: 11/03/2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


(0 A October 2018) ChiliCookoff_SLV_Nov3.jpg5th Annual SLV Chili CookOff

All Proceeds Benefit Felton Library Friends and the New Felton Library

9:00 am Cooking Starts (Tasting Kits & Raffle Tix on Sale)
11:30am Live Music and Tasting Kits available
1:00 pm Tastings Begins
4:00-5:00 Winners Announced & Raffle


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Taiko Holiday Boutique
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Watsonville Taiko
Like Watsonville Taiko? Then you will not want to miss this holiday boutique.
Date: 11/04/2018 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm


(0 A October 2018) WatsTaikoHolidayBoutique.jpgGet all your holiday shopping done in one place! Watsonville Taiko's Holiday Boutique is almost here!

 

Baskets, quilts, gift certificates to local restaurants and attractions will all be available!

 

Great raffles too!

 


Location: Kizuka Hall, 150 Blackburn St, Watsonville Map
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Da de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) con Cuntame un Cuento
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Library Live Oak
Da de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) con Cuntame un Cuento
Date: 11/05/2018 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

Acompáñenos a celebrar la memoria de nuestros queridos. Tendremos cuentos, música, pinta-caritas, manualidades y un altar comunitario al cual puede añadir artículos.

Join us as we celebrate the memory of y[our] loved ones. We will have stories, music, face painting, crafts, and a community altar that you are welcomed to add items to.


Location: Live Oak Branch Library, 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Intro to Artisanal Sourdough Bread-Making & the Science of Bread
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Learn artisanal bread-making techniques including care and feeding of your sourdough starter, bread proofing baskets and bread c
Date: 11/10/2018 from 10:00am to 12:30pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: $55.00 plus $15.00 material fee
Special Instructions: 10/6 & 11/10

(0 A July 2018) SourDoughBread.jpgIntro to Artisanal Sourdough Bread-Making & the Science of Bread 

 

Learn artisanal bread-making techniques including care and feeding of your sourdough starter, bread proofing baskets and bread cooking cloches, and the vital stages of the bread-making process. We'll discuss the science behind successful bread-making, including types of flour and the chemistry of wheat, water and salt in dough formation. A no-knead sourdough bread will be demonstrated. You will go home with a starter and recipes; the bread made in this course will be easy to re-create at home.

 

Instructor:  Patricia Davis of Quail Hollow Kitchens delights in teaching farm-style cooking. She has a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from UCSD, and was voted Edible Monterey Bay "Best Food Artisan" in 2016. She has been teaching cooking classes since 2013. 
     
*Please note: A materials fee of $15 is due to the instructor at least one week prior to class. To pay the fee, please visit the instructor's website at https://www.quailhollowkitchens.com/sccp

 

Quail Hollow Ranch - Ages 18+
Sat 11/10* 10AM-12:30PM $55/$61 #19036
Simpkins Swim Ctr. Community Rm. B - Ages 18+
Sat 10/6* 10AM-12:30PM $55/$61 #19035

Location: 979 17th St, Santa Cruz Map
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Christmas Goose Boutique
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Christmas Goose Boutique
Celebrating 38 years of holiday decorations and gifts
Date: Every day (Nov 7-Nov 10)


The Christmas Goose Boutique was started 36 years ago this holiday season at a home in Saratoga. As, the show grew it was moved to the Saratoga Foothill Club where it stayed for the next sixteen years. The show soon became a community event for the Saratoga and Los Gatos area.


We do a "blended setup" instead of booths so we may show the merchandise in themes or styles, which our customers seem to enjoy. Come and taste our homemade foods and hug the handmade dolls, touch the quilts, smile at the decorations, antiques and other collectibles.

 

Held at the Historic History Club of Los Gatos. Parking permitted in residential area. Side parking lot has disabled parking, customer drop off and merchandise pick up.

 

Invitation Night Wednesday November 8, 5 PM - 8 PM

Open To The Public  Wednesday November 7 5 PM - 8 PM Opening Night


Open To The Public
Thursday November 8 10 AM - 7 PM
Friday November 9 10 AM - 6 PM
Saturday November 10 10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday November 11 10 AM - 3 PM


Location: History Club of Los Gatos, 123 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos Map
Phone: (408) 629-4812 •website Los Gatos create a direct event link
Goat Hill Fair
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Goat Hill Fair
Goat Hill is a unique antiques and artisan fair with over 100 vendors!
Date: Every day (Nov 10-Nov 11) from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: $10 at the gate or early access $25

Goat Hill is a unique antiques and artisan fair with over 100 vendors!  (0 Nov 2017) GoatHillNov2017.jpg

The friendly vendors are spread across three buildings at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. Here you will find unique treasures, beautiful displays and excellent food. This is Goat Hill's sixth year and as it grows, the selection, style and creativity does as well.

 

We are so thrilled to spend the day with you and want you to have the chance to be an early "goat." We are selling a limited number of tickets for $25.00 each.

 

On Saturday you will have access to the event and vendors before General Admission. They will also give full general admission access on Sunday.

 

Early Access to the event on Saturday - 8:30 am
The gates for parking and lineup will start around - 7:45 am
Tickets give you access to the event for the weekend but early access is only on Saturday
Children under 12 can enter for free
Please no dogs, unless it's a service animal
All ticket sales are final. Sorry, no refunds.

 

See you soon.. with those happy, relaxed looks of vacationing joy on your faces!

 

Sat - Nov 10th - 10 to 4

Sun - Nov 11th - 10 to 3


Location: Santa CruzCounty Fairgrounds, 2601 E Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
Phone: (408) 221-5054 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Veterans Dinner
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Redwood Keg
Enjoy an evening of fine dining and camaraderie while honoring our veterans with service branch recognition, patriotic songs, an
Date: 11/11/2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $35 -$45

Enjoy an evening of fine dining and camaraderie while honoring our veterans with service branch recognition, patriotic songs, and a sharing of their history.

 

5:00 pm: No Host Bar

5:15 pm Program Begins

6:00 pm: Dinner is served

 

Veterans are encouraged to wear their uniforms and bring memorabilia to display along with items from the San Lorenzo Valley Museum's collection.

Dinner includes salad, a selection of entrees, wine, and dessert.

 

This event is sponsored by The Redwood Keg


Location: Scopazzi's, 13300 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8382 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
La Selva Beach Holiday Fair
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Library La Selva Beach
Shop over 50 arts and crafts vendors for handmade jewelry, cards, art, ornaments, pottery, woodcraft, jams, soaps, garden art, c
Date: 11/17/2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) LaSelvaBeachHolidayGiftSale.jpgDon't miss this year's La Selva Beach Holiday Fair, Saturday, November 17! The event is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the La Selva Beach Clubhouse.

 

Shop over 50 arts and crafts vendors for handmade jewelry, cards, art, ornaments, pottery, woodcraft, jams, soaps, garden art, clothing and more. Find great bargains for gifts or winter fireside reading at the giant Friends of the Library Book Sale. Enjoy a delicious Bake Sale treat and with no guilt - you're helping fund our La Selva Library projects!


Enjoy lunch or take away food from two local food trucks: Rogue Pye and G's Tacos. Kids' crafts at 1 pm in the Library. Buy raffle tickets to win great deals while supporting Friends of the Library.

For questions contact: cinjack6860@gmail.com


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Gift and Wreath Sale
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Arboretum
Run, don't walk, to the Arboretum's ever-popular Holiday Gift and Wreath Sale!
Date: 11/17/2018

Special Instructions: 9am-10am Members' Pre-Sale 10am-4pm General Public

Wonderful Thanksgiving and HChristmas items will be available at the 33rd annual Wreath & Gift Sale!

 

(0 A November 2018) arboretum_GiftWreathSale.jpg9am-10am Members' Pre-Sale
10am-4pm General Public


Local artists join forces with talented Arboretum volunteers to produce one-of-kind living succulent wreaths and dried floral wreaths, floral centerpieces and other artwork for the sale. These beautiful botanic decorations will make the perfect seasonal accent for your home, or holiday gift for loved ones!

 

This is the only collection you will find that draws upon the Arboretum's rare and extraordinary succulents and dried plants. From amazing Australian Banksias to South African Proteas, the Arboretum has a world of natural materials to inspire. Succulent pumpkins and dish gardens will also be for sale!  These are the perfect decorations and centerpieces to last through the holidays.  Get creative! The artistry of these volunteers may also encourage you to buy plants or dried flowers to make your own creations.

 

Wreath making demonstrations and a wide variety of succulents will be available at the sale. *Memberships will be available at the door or sign-up now by visiting https://arboretum.ucsc.edu/support/index.html

 

Interested in being an event volunteer? Sign-up here: www.volunteersignup.org/M3RHW


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Turkey Trot
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Santa Cruz Track Club
Dress like a turkey for the Turkey Trot!
Date: 11/17/2018 at 8:00am
Admission Fees: $5-$30 online

Turkey Trot 5k, 10k, kids' 1k race

 

Scenic ocean view, flat and fast out and back courses that begin and end on Delaware street by the back entrance to Natural Bridges State Park. Race takes place RAIN OR SHINE! Awards for 10k, 5k & 1k! Event details and schedule

 

Race Registration begins 6:45 am

1K Race begins7:455K

Race begins 8:0010K

Race begins 8:45

Course Closes 10:15

 

COURSE: Flat, fast out and back courses that begin & end on Delaware Street by the back entrance to Natural Bridges. A run with spectacular ocean views!

 

DIVISIONS: 10K and 5K have 5 year age groups; 4 and under,5-9, 10-14,15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94 and 95 & over. 1K Kids Run: 0-2, 3-4 & 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 & 11-12

 

AWARDS and PRIZES:

Awards for top 3 age-group winners.

Ribbons for all Kid's.

REGISTRATION FEES: 10K & 5K Postmarked by 11/13

$30 Race Day $40 Socks Included!

 

1K Kids Run (12 and under) $5 Socks not included ADD $5 for Socks

 

Please make checks payable to: SCTC (Santa Cruz Track Club)

Mail:1541 Cox Road, Aptos, CA 95003

 

RACE NUMBERS: Race numbers and registration available on race day only. Race numbers and confirmations will NOT be mailed


Location: 2300 Delaware Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Holiday Art Festival
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Aromas Hills Artisans
A great variety of artisans' works... find one of a kind gifts. hot drinks, treats and lunch!
Date: Every day (Nov 17-Nov 18) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: corner of Rose and Blohm Ave

(0 A November 2018) Aromas_shepherd22.jpgHoliday Art Festival and Raffle

Saturday & Sunday, November 17 & 18, 2018 - 10am-4pm - at the Aromas Grange


NEW! Buy Raffle Tickets Online!


Buy Tickets Here! Enjoy a huge display of artwork by Aromas Hills Artisans all under one roof at the Aromas Grange!

There will be a wide variety of artwork offered by numerous artisans, from glass and clay, wood and stone, paper and canvas, yarn and fabric, photos and books-whatever your wish, you'll find it at the Grange, corner of Rose and Blohm Ave., Aromas.

No matter what the weather, you can comfortably stroll through the wonderful labyrinth of creativity, talk to the artists, learn about their methods and fill your Christmas list. Finish off your visit with hot cider, coffee, cookies and relax in front of a fire in the fireplace. Or don't stop there. Take a free class making something fantastic, taught by our Artisans.

The Aromas Hills Artisans guild is a non-profit philanthropic organization that promotes art education through community art events and workshops.  The organization also provides scholarships to members, enabling them to attend classes to further develop their artistic abilities.

Don't miss out on a chance to win a beautiful piece of artwork!. Winners of the drawing will be announced at the Holiday Art Festival on November 19th.  Attendees will have a chance to buy last-minute tickets at the Holiday Art Festival. Maybe your name will be drawn-just more excitement added to a wonderful experience in Aromas.

See you there!


Location: Aromas Grange Hall, Bardue & Rose, San Juan Bautista Map
Phone: 831-594-0033 •website Monterey Baycreate a direct event link
Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot
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First Presbyterian Church Salinas
Make an early morning Turkey Trot part of your family's Thanksgiving Day tradition
Date: 11/22/2018
Admission Fees: $30 advance/ $35 race day 14+, 9-13 are $10, under 8 free

The 8th annual Salinas Valley Turkey Trot Run/Walk 5k will take place at 9AM on Thanksgiving Day. This is an event for the whole family! Race route is a scenic 3.1 mile loop with moderate elevation change. Dogs and strollers are welcome!

 

Registration fee for ages 10 & older - $35 by 11/19/18; $40 on race day. Kids 9 & under are FREE and do not need to register.

 

Overall male and female first place finishers will receive a $50 cash prize. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals will be awarded in all age/gender divisions. Pre-registered, PAID participants will receive a complimentary tech shirt & finishers medal. Participating children (9 & under) will receive race medal but no t-shirt.

 

Proceeds benefit the Compass Church youth ministry program. Come out and support a great cause!

Event details and schedule

NOW THROUGH 11/19/18:
Registration fee is $35 for ages 10 & older (includes finishers medal & technical t-shirt)

  • Register online at www.active.com
  • Mail or bring registration form and check to Compass Church, 830 Padre Drive, Salinas, CA 93901

THURSDAY, 11/22/17 (THANKSGIVING DAY):
Registration fee is $40 for ages 10 & older (includes finishers medal & technical t-shirt pending availability - tshirts are limited, please arrive early or PRE-REGISTER for best selection)

8:00AM: Packet Pickup for pre-registered participants
8:00AM: Race Day Registration opens at Toro Regional Park (Badger Flats Picnic Area)
9:00AM: Race Start

Parking will be available inside the gates of Toro Regional Park FREE OF CHARGE. Donations are welcome to help cover expenses!


Location: Toro Regional Park, 501 Monterey-Salinas Hwy (Hwy 68), Salinas Map
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Kirking of the Tartans
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St. Andrew's Church
Come in your tartan!
Date: 11/24/2018 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Admission Fees: Suggested Donation: $10 (adult) $5 (seniors and Kids under 12)

(0 Nov 2017) Tartans.jpgKirking of the Tartans

 

Come and celebrate with us at our annual Feast of St Andrew!


Kirking o'the Tartans (or Blessing of the Families) is a long tradition here in Ben Lomond, CA. Bring your tartan/kilt (or rep your family) for a blessing and enjoy some food and fellowship.

Suggested donation: $10 adults, $5 kids/seniors
All proceeds will benefit Valley Churches United Missions.

Featuring our dancer for this year: Nationally Ranked Highland Dancer Ashlyn Boothby! She is a 7th grader at Scotts Valley Middle School and ranked 2nd in 2016 and 5th this year at Nationals! Pipers Laura Boothby and Paul Llewellyn will be playing for us. This is going to be amazing!
All proceeds will benefit Valley Churches United Missions.

Volunteer sign-up sheets will be on the board next to the office. If you would like to help, please check the board. Thanks!

"Kirking of the Tartans" is a tradition here at St. Andrew's for over 20 years. This historic church was built in 1901 by Scottish settlers in Ben Lomond and has served as a symbol of the Valley's Scottish heritage. This is not only a celebration of St. Andrew (the patron saint of Scotland), but a tradition dating back to when it was banned in Scotland to claim your own family and cultural heritage. But families, or clans, would gather at church wearing a small piece of their tartan under their clothing representing their clan. The blessing bestowed at that secret gathering was a blessing on the entire clan.


Location: 101 Riverside Ave, Ben Lomond Map
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Small Business Saturday
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Streetlight Records
Show your support for local, independent businesses by making purchases at your favorite small businesses.
Date: 11/24/2018


(0 A November 2018) SmallBusinessSaturday2018.jpgWe're happy to be participating in Small Business Saturday again this year! If you're a subscriber to our weekly email newsletter, you'll get 25% off all used items! If you're not, just sign up on the spot and we'll give you the discount. Shop local and help your community prosper!

Small Business Saturday is a day to show your support for local, independent businesses by making purchases at your favorite small businesses. By shopping with locally owned, independent businesses, you make a much greater positive impact on the local economy than when you shop online or in big chain stores.


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Tree Lighting & Santa in Felton
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Felton Business Association
Cookies, hot chocolate,hot cider, carols, Santa Claus and tree lighting!
Date: 11/24/2018 at 6:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Felton's Heritage Tree is located at the deck in the middle of Felton.

Felton's Heritage Tree, located at the deck in the middle of Felton is illuminated by an army of Volunteers including professional tree climbers & electricians.


(0 A November 2018) FeltonBiz_Santa2018.jpgTwo years ago the FBA decided that it was time Santa added Felton to his itinerary, so local youngsters could visit with him right here in town, and last year he showed up wearing a brand new and very classy suit.


Last years' ceremony was the best ever, with a great crowd several people deep along the sidewalk and on the deck.

 

As a new addition to the program, the Santa Cruz Chorale sang carols beneath the tree and the audience enjoyed homemade cookies, hot cider and chocolate while they waited for Santa to arrive on a fire engine.


After the Jolly Old Elf turned the tree lights on, the kids and their parents followed him to his parlor in the firehouse, where they received a free color photo to commemorate their visit with Santa, courtesy of the FBA.

 


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Holiday Art & Craft Faire
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Do your holiday shopping at the Holiday Art & Craft Faire - support local artists and craftspeople!
Date: 12/01/2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: Free parking, too

(0 A November 2018) CountyCraftFair_Large_2018.jpgA wide variety of high-quality, handmade art and crafts will be showcased at the annual Holiday Art and Craft Faire!

 

Shoppers will find one-of-a-kind items created by local Santa Cruz County artists and craftspeople, including jewelry, hats and bags, textiles (knitted items, clothing), ornaments, chocolates, soaps, art, nightlights, succulent mini gardens, craft kits for kids, cards, pillows, art glass, and much more!

 

Come on by to find that perfect gift, stocking stuffers, or something for yourself!

Free parking and admission.


Location: Simpkins Family Swim Center, 979 17th Ave., SANTA CRUZ Map
Phone: (831) 454-7901 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
11th Annual $25 and Under Artisan Gift Show
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Blue Heron Design Group
Local Artisan Holiday Gift Show! All items $25 and under!
Date: 12/01/2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free Admission

The 11th Annual $25 and Under Artisan Gift Show is Saturday, December 1st from 10am-4pm at the Veterans Hall (846 Front Street in downtown Santa Cruz).

 

All items priced at $25 or less.

 

Over 30 vendors will be selling beautiful handmade gifts. Browse locally made clothing, accessories, jewelry, art, candles, soaps, artisan food and more. Come down to celebrate and support our local artists and finish your holiday shopping early!

 

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Location: Vets Hall, 845 Front Street , Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (484) 919-1104 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
JOY!
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Tandy Beal & Company
Dazzling extravaganza for the whole family, JOY!, A Holiday Show with Circus, Dance, and Live Music
Date: Every day (Nov 23-Dec 2)


JOY! Nov. 24 - 26: Friday 2pm & 7pm.  Saturday 2pm & 7pm. Sunday 2pm.

 

The holiday season kicks off with the return of Tandy Beal & Company, presenting another dazzling extravaganza for the whole family, JOY!, A Holiday Show with Circus, Dance, and Live Music, featuring the reunion of Pickle Family Circus stars Pino and Razz - also known as Cirque du Soleil soloists Jeff Raz and Diane Wasnak.

 

The show, which follows up on last year's critically acclaimed Nutz RE-Mixed!, is set to the live music of award-winning a cappella group SoVoSó, performing original Candy Land flavored tunes and other seasonal favorites, accompanying a magical madcap holiday circus featuring world-class acrobats, dancers, and circus artists in a zany holiday spectacular.

 

This zany holiday spectacular performs November 24 - 26 at the Civic Auditorium in Santa Cruz, and December 1 - 3 at the Hammer Theatre in San Jose. Group discounts for 10+ available.

 

Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St., Santa Cruz. For tickets ($9.75 - $50) and more information visit www.holiday-joy.com.


Location: Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Winter Art Market at the Tannery Arts Center
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Tannery Arts Center
20 Studios featuring dozens of artists, Craft activities, Artist demonstrations, Food, beer, wine
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 2) from 11:00am to 7:00pm
Ages: All ages! Admission Fees: Free

(0 A October 2018) Tannery_ArtMarket.jpgWinter Art Market 2018 at the Tannery Arts Center
Saturday, Dec 1, 11am-7pm
Sunday, Dec 2, 11am-5pm

20 Studios featuring dozens of artists, Craft activities, Artist demonstrations, Food, beer, wine

Craft activities:
Studio #104 Terry McInerney Leather Bracelet Stamping
Studio #107 Printmakers at the Tannery - Collage card making, Mono printing
Studio #124, Wishi Washi Studio - Gift tag stencilling
Studio #127, Radius Gallery - Ornament making
Studio #128, Katie Scott Photography - Pet-friendly photos and card making

Artist demonstrations:

Studio #107, Printmakers at the Tannery - Screenprinting
Studio #114 & #109, Shalom Clothing & Design Studio - Screenprinting & design
Studio #116, Watershed Art Studio - Orange oil printing
Studio #117, Cosmo Chic - Embroidery
Studio #120, Ceramic/Pottery Collective - Porcelain, Potter's Wheel, Handbuilding ceramics
Studio #122, Stephanie Schriver Studio - Clay and painting
Studio #123, Paola Favata - Jewelry making

In the Radius Annex:

Gary Ingram - Metal jewelry sawing techniques
Joseph Jason Santiago LaCour - Spoken word Poetry/Hip Hop
Noelle Correia - Painted paper collage

Bistro 112 will be open for breakfast & lunch, Espresso drinks, beer and wine


Location: 1050 River Street Santa Cruz, Ca, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 475-9600 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
An Irish Christmas
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Golden State Fox Theatre
Don't miss a fabulous An Irish Christmas performance with world champion Irish dancers at the Golden State Theatre
Date: 12/06/2018 at 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $29 - $53

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An Irish Christmas


A perfect family event!
World Champion Dancers: Scott Doherty and Tyler Schwartz star in An Irish Christmas!

Take a journey through Christmas in Ireland with superb dancing, singing and Irish traditional music celebrating the international spirit of the holiday season.

An Irish Christmas, features an award-winning cast of Irish dancers led by World Champion Dancers Scott Doherty (Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, Rockin' Road to Dublin) Tyler Schwartz (Magic of the Dance, Gaelforce Dance, Celtic Fyre), Connor Reider and Emily MacConnell in a memorable night that sparkles with the charm and magic that only this festive time of year can bring.

 

Celebrate the great tradition of butter making, chase the wren on St. Stephen's Day, draw down the half door for spectacular dance, enjoy superb music-making and singing of Christmas carols in an unforgettable Irish night! Songs spinning out of the mists and into the familiar Silent Night, Little Drummer Boy and Carol of the Bells, and superb music of the pipes, flutes, fiddles, and bodhráns are just the beginning of this great Irish night! Not to be Missed! Ireland at its best!

 

Thursday, December 6, 2018 8:00 PM ~  TICKETS


Location: 417 Alvarado St, Monterey Map
Phone: (831) 649-1070 x 21 •website Monterey create a direct event link
A CRAFT SHOW FOR PARENTS BY PARENTS
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Little Craft Pop Up
Handmade crafts made by parents for families
Date: 12/08/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm


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The Little Craft Pop-up is a unique event featuring handcrafted products for babies and children.


OUR MISSION
To curate the best of local handmade children's goods and present them in a child friendly setting that the whole family will enjoy.


THE EVENTS
Our pop-ups are held in Santa Cruz County and incorporate fun family activities like face painting, craft stations, photo booths and workshops.


Craft shows don't need to be stuffy-come play with us at the next event!


Location: Mini Mint, Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz CA 95062
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Miracle On 34th Street
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Mountain Community Theater
The heart-warming story of a gentle old man named Kris Kringle who believes he is Santa Claus and who uses kindness and generosi
Date: Every day (Nov 16-Dec 9)
Ages: 12+

MCT's Miracle on 34th Street - The Play

 

(0 A November 2018) MiracleOn34thSt.jpgJoin us for MCTs 10th production (and first since 2012) of its very own "Miracle on 34th Street, The Play, written by MCT's founders and first produced in 1982. This holiday favorite directed by Peter Gelblum tells the heart-warming story, familiar to most from the classic 1947 film, of a gentle old man named Kris Kringle who believes he is Santa Claus and who uses kindness and generosity to convince a little girl, and then everyone else that he is, in fact, St. Nick.

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

"This is a tale that creates a world we seem to desperately desire, free of the blatant commercialism that surrounds us, where love and decency and generosity of spirit are their own rewards; what we want Christmas to be all about, really."

*Join us for a champagne reception after the show on opening night, 11/16.


Miracle on 34th Street performances:

November 16 @ 8 pm Opening Night Champagne Reception
November 17 @ 8pm
November 18 @ 2pm
November 23 @ 8pm
November 24 @ 8pm
November 25 @ 2pm - Talk Back with the cast
November 30 @ 8pm
December 1 @ 8pm
December 2 @ 2pm - Talk Back with the cast
December 7 @ 8pm
December 8 @ 8pm
December 9 @ 2pm

 

TICKETS


Location: Park Hall, 9400 Mill Street, Ben Lomond Map
Phone: (831) 336-4777 •website Ben Lomond create a direct event link
Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles: Navidad Mexicana
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Rio Theatre
Famous all female mariachi band!
Date: 12/09/2018 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm


(0 A October 2018) MariachiBand.jpgPerhaps the greatest tribute to Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles – the first all-female mariachi in the United States – is that there are now other all-female mariachi groups. It is the growing proof that when mariachi maestro Jose Hernandez founded Reyna de Los Angeles, it wasn’t a novelty; it was a genre.

 

Reyna, which was formed in 1994, has taken the history of women in mariachi from being solely singers to being the full complement of musical performers. The accolades have not stopped since their forming. In a musical landscape where many mariachi songs are often written by men, about male perspectives, Reyna has created its own history.

 

That history had the best of beginnings with the mentorship of Lola Beltran, “La Reina de la Musica Ranchera” and their success has propelled Reyna de Los Angeles to record multiple successful albums. On this date, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles will be performing Navidad Mexicana, featuring a holiday-themed setlist.

At Rio Theatre (1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062)
Regular General Admission: $36.75/Advance $45/Door
Regular General Admission Youth Ticket: $10/Adv/Door (ages 18 & under, available while supplies last!)
Gold Circle Section (1st 10 rows): $52.50/Advance $60/Door
(5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax included, service fee not included)
No Comps
Doors at 6:00 PM


Location: 1205 Soquel, Santa Cruz Map
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Holiday Tree Walk
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Roaring Camp Railroads
Delight in the tree-lined walk of festive holiday trees displayed atop Bear Mountain
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Nov 23-Dec 9)


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Holiday Tree Walk


NOVEMBER 23 - 25, DECEMBER 1 - 2 & 8 - 9

 

Get in the holiday spirit by bringing family and friends to ride Roaring Camp's daytime steam train to Bear Mountain. At the summit, guests may sip hot cider and delight in viewing a tree-lined walk of beautifully decorated holiday trees. Trees are provided by Patchen California Christmas Tree Farm, Los Gatos.

 

To add to the festive spirit and bring hope to families in need, visitors may bring a new and unwrapped toy to Roaring Camp's depot to benefit Santa Cruz County's Toys for Tots campaign.

 

Toys collected will be distributed to children who otherwise would have less. For each donated toy, Roaring Camp will deduct $2 per train ticket, purchased in person only. Guests are requested to avoid donating toys of aggression or unpacked stuffed animals.

 

Toys for Tots


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-4484 •website Felton create a direct event link
Community Open House
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Monterey Bay Aquarium
Free admission for Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito County residents
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 9) from 10:00am to 5:00pm


 

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Community Open House

    Tri-county residents enjoy free admission during our annual Community Open House. Visitors must present a photo ID (student IDs also accepted) or proof of residence, such as a current utility bill, at the Main Entrance.

To show appreciation for our local community, we're offering a variety of special promotions throughout 2018 to residents of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties (valid identification required). Visitors must present a photo ID (student IDs also accepted) or proof of residence, such as a current utility bill, at the Main Entrance.

 

All offers are valid on site only. Guests of local tri-county residents must pay regular admission prices.

 

Free admission is good during regular aquarium hours,! from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

 

Guests from outside Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito County - including relatives or friends of local residents - can accompany local residents, but will be charged regular admission fees.

 

Community Open House is made possible in part by the support of our Business Partners.

 

For general aquarium information including daily program schedules, visit www.montereybayaquarium.org or call (831) 648-4800. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is located at 886 Cannery Row in Monterey.


Location: 886 Cannery Row, Monterey Map
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Craft Sale in the Mountains
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Made in the Mountains
Artists line the sidewalks showing of their amazing crafts.
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month (Apr 21-Dec 15) from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 April 2018) MadeInMountains2018.jpgIt's back!! The sidewalks will be filled with art and crafts again on the 3rd Saturday of the month. And we're adding music to the event! So, come out, enjoy the incredible spring weather and load up on art and joy!

 

I can't wait to see what creativity the winter months brought out in all of the artists' work!

We're continuing the "Spend $50, get $100" game, too! The Boulder Bucks program works like this - if you spend $50 or more at any local business during the Made in the Mountains event (buying groceries, getting a mani/pedi, buying pizza for the kids' baseball team, .... ) just take your receipt to Emelia at Air & Fire before the event is over. Your name will be added to the drawing that will happen within the week after the event. You could be the one that wins $100 in the form of a gift certificate to spend at a local business of your choice! You can also split the $100 into 2 gift certificates to different businesses.

 

So, getting the kids pizza could turn into a free necklace for yourself! Or the tools bought at the hardware store could get you a free mani/pedi for after the yardwork is done and some Chinese food for dinner! Nice, right!?

 

See ya out there!

 


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Mac Powell and the Family Reunion
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Rio Theater
Join us for a special night of festive celebration as you sing along to your favorite Christmas tunes
Date: 12/15/2018 from 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A October 2018) Rio_MacPowell.jpgFor the past several years, Mac Powell has hosted a Christmas party at his home in Georgia to celebrate the Christmas season with family and friends.

 

This year, he is bringing the party to you with his new band, MAC POWELL and the FAMILY REUNION.

 

Join us for a special night of festive celebration as you sing along to your favorite Christmas tunes, as well as get a first listen to brand new music from MAC POWELL and the FAMILY REUNION.

 

Plus, VIP Christmas Party ticket buyers will have the opportunity to participate in an actual Christmas Party and fellowship with Mac and the band following the show. Seating is limited, so get your tickets today before they sell out!

Pre-sale is 10/5 at 10AM - 10/7 at 10PM, public on sale is 10/8 at 10AM PST.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $35 Gen, $55 Gold Circle
Advance tickets : www.ticketfly.com


Location: 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Christmas Market
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San Lorenzo Chamber of Commerce
Gifts from local artists, enjoy delicious food and drinks, plus more!
Date: 12/16/2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


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Come celebrate the season at Felton Covered Bridge Park! Join us December 16 from Noon to 4pm for a traditional Holiday Mart on the bridge, complete with arts & crafts, delicious food & beverages, music, holiday lights and other festivities.

 

Great opportunity to get last minute gifts from local artists and to socialize with your neighbors.

 

The Felton Covered Bridge was built in 1892, and is recognized as a historical treasure in the State of California.


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Nutcracker Santa Cruz
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Santa Cruz City Ballet
What better way to ring in the season than with smiles, beauty and laughter?
Date: Every day (Dec 15-Dec 16) from 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: $30-$45
Special Instructions: December 15th & 16 at 1:00pm & 4:30pm

The Full Length Nutcracker Ballet - Experience the Magic!

Join the festivities and kick off your family's holiday tradition with the magic Nutcracker Ballet, a spectacular performance sure to delight and inspire!

(0 A October 2018) NutcrackerSC_2018.jpgThe Santa Cruz Dance Guild (501c3), presents the full length Nutcracker Ballet at Cabrillo's Crocker Theater for one weekend only on December 15th & 16th. Join us for our 10th year and our 8th year at Cabrillo's Crocker Theater.

What better way to ring in the season than with smiles, beauty and laughter?

Director/Choreographer and Juilliard Alumnae, Shannon Chipman began the Nutcracker tradition as the Snow Queen in the first ever production of the Nutcracker in Santa Cruz at Cabrillo's old theater in 1988... Thirty years of Nutcracker! Since 2008, she has brought her vision to life with Co-Director, Vicki Bergland at the International Academy of Dance, home of the Santa Cruz City Ballet. Chipman and Bergland combine their artistic efforts alongside Choreographer, Melissa Palumbo to once again bring the stunning Nutcracker Ballet to life.

The Santa Cruz Dance Guild production is the premier Nutcracker Ballet in Santa Cruz and has become a steadfast holiday tradition showcasing local talent, as well as bringing in guest artists from the Bay Area and beyond. Many dancers have grown up with the production and began as tiny Angels, Lambs or Gingersnaps and are now dancing en pointe.

For the fourth year in a row, Mother Ginger will be preformed by Krazy George. You may know him as the inventor of "The Wave" or may have seen him cheer for the San Jose Earthquakes or the Oakland A's. Don't miss this special opportunity to cheer on Krazy George and his team of adorable Gingersnaps!

It is exciting to see the production continue to grow as well as the dancers. Every year this is something new to see!

We invite you to experience quality, entertaining Classical Ballet, enchanting choreography, magnificent guest artists, beautiful sets, brilliant costumes, family tradition and the JOY of Dance at the premier Nutcracker in Santa Cruz! Experience the Magic for yourself!


Location: Cabrillo College's Crocker Theat, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos Map
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Bear Creek Community Nights
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Boulder Creek Rec & Park District
Date: Every Wed (Nov 7-Dec 19) from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) BearCreekCommunityNightsNov2018.jpgCommunity Nights are in full swing.
Come out to the Bear Creek Facility and join us for organized family fun.


FREE for the community, or join in our enrichment program Kids Empowered and drop off from 2:30-6pm


November
WED, 14  3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

WED, 28  3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

 

December
WED, 5  3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

WED, 12  3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

WED, 19  3:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Location: 15685 Forest Hills Dr, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-4144 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
ABBA-Solutely Christmas Show
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Rio Theater
Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Take a Chance On Me, Super Trouper, Voulez Vous, Gimme Gimme Gimme, SOS, The Winner Takes it all, and T
Date: 12/21/2018 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Admission Fees: $40 Gen, $60

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Featuring The ABBA Show

Abba-Solutely Christmas Show! All of your favorite ABBA hits with the perfect mix of Christmas music sprinkled in to celebrate the holidays.

 

America's most popular ABBA tribute show will light up your holidays. Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Take a Chance On Me, Super Trouper, Voulez Vous, Gimme Gimme Gimme, SOS, The Winner Takes it all, and Thank you for the Music, the hit list goes on and on and on...

 


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $40 Gen, $60
Advance tickets: www.red.vendini.com
Artists website: www.theabbashow.com

 

 


Location: 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Gingerbread House Workshops
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Marini's
Hurry, spots sell out fast! Tell Marini's you found out about this workshop on SantaCruzParent.com!
Date: Every day (Nov 1-Dec 23)
Admission Fees: $50/gingerbread house
Special Instructions: Classes 11/24 - 12/23

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For kids of all ages! Beautiful gingerbread houses that you design and create.

 

Our popular Gingerbread Workshops are back again this year! New dates and times added! Visit us on line at www.mariniscandies.com to sign up! Classes fill quickly!

 

Classes fill quickly so call to reserve your spot.

 

Dates 11/24 - 12/23

 

Tell Marini's you found out about this workshop on SantaCruzParent.com!


Location: 1308 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.423.3299 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Holiday Homeless Garden Sales
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Homeless Garden Project
Come visit us starting Nov. 12th at 1338 Pacific Ave, next to El Palomar restaurant.
Date: Every day (Nov 12-Dec 24)


(0 A November 2018) HomeslessGardenHolidayStore2018.jpgThe wait is almost over - our Holiday Store is opening Nov. 12th! We're looking for volunteers to staff the store; email our Volunteer Coordinator at JustinW@homelessgardenproject.org for more info.

 

Our store is "at the center of a web of community ties-of people, actions, dreams, things made, and relationships created." -- Quentin Hancock, store volunteer & HGP supporter

 

Come visit us starting Nov. 12th at 1338 Pacific Ave, next to El Palomar restaurant.

 

Hours: 11 AM - 7 PM, Nov. 12th - Dec. 6th
10 AM - 8 PM, Dec. 7th - Dec. 24th

 


Location: 1338 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Reindeer Romp at SF Zoo
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San Francisco Zoo
Come see the reindeer on loan from Santa
Date: Every Fri and Sa (Nov 17-Jan 1)

Special Instructions: Sloat Blvd at Great highway

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Reindeer Romp

 
November 17 through January 1

Santa is sending his favorite reindeer, "Belle", "Holly" and "Peppermint" to spread holiday cheer at San Francisco Zoo & Gardens!  Until January 1, majestic reindeer will be romping at SF Zoo's Playfield Lawn, near the spectacular Elinor Friend Playground.  We will have Zoo staff at the Reindeer from 11:30-4 daily.

Celebrate the holiday season by visiting the animals who help Santa deliver presents to all the children in the land.  Learn what they eat (besides carrots and cookies on Christmas Eve) and see what they look like up close and on the ground.  Reindeer and caribou are classified as the same genus and species - Rangifer tarandus.  Reindeer are domesticated caribou and the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species lists them as "vulnerable" after a 40% decline in population over the last 20-30 years.  Reindeer are highly adapted to their life in cold climates as they have two thick layers of fur to keep them warm and what are called "turbinate" bones in their nose, which helps warm cold air before it enters their lungs.  They also have specially designed hooves which provide extra traction on the wet, spongy tundra during the spring; in the winter the footpads shrink and tighten, exposing the rim of the hoof which cuts into the ice and snow for a surer grip.  They are used by many circumpolar cultures for their meat, hide, milk and antlers.

 


Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco Map
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FIRST NIGHT MONTEREY
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First Night Monterey
Dance, play, act, perform, create and sing our way into 2018!
Date: Every day (Dec 17-Jan 1) from 3:00pm to 12:01am
Admission Fees: $0 - $20

Welcome to our FNM 2018 website, celebrating 25 years! Planning is being finalized and we will keep you updated with changes as they occur. Watch for a complete listing of performers, coming later this month (you can see a sneak peek here). 80% of the performances are indoors and an FNM Button is your ticket to those performances. 

 

Kids' Night Out! The First Act for the Young and Young-at-Heart

The most creative New Year's Eve you will have with your family!

Kids' Night Out! The First Act for the Young and Young-at-Heart

First Night is Monterey's most exciting, imaginative and uplifting cultural event. FNM is an affordable, alcohol-free family celebration of the arts on New Year's Eve from the 3 pm Opening Ceremony to the Countdown to Midnight; our theme for FNM 2018 celebrates "25 Years of Magic". The many performances range from Classical to Hip-Hop, Jazz to Reggae, dance and artwork.

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The most creative New Year's Eve you will have with your family!

Kids' Night Out (5 and under free) features music & art activities for the younger set, culminating with the Costume Contest & Twilight Procession at 5:30 pm.

 

At 3:00 p.m. kick-off at Colton Lawn on Pacific Street, culminating with the Twilight Parade at 5:30 p.m on Alvarado Street serving as the kids' Finale. Music, song, drumming, dance, ballet, face art, art creating, hat making and more! Check out the Colton Lawn on Pacific Street, the Monterey Art Museum and the Work Building on Alvarado Street for activities to complete artful time.

 

Make sure to have your FNM button - admission to all the fun for the over-5 set! Please refer to the afternoon and evening grids to plan your New Year's Eve and participate in all the fun! Thanks to First Five Monterey County for their support of the free kids' activities.


Location: Historic Downtown, Alvarez St, Monterey Map
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