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Nutcracker Santa Cruz
What better way to ring in the season than with smiles, beauty and laughter?
Every day (Dec 15-Dec 16) from 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Location: Cabrillo College's Crocker Theat, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos Map

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!

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Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale
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Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale
Date: 12/01/2018 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) BookSale18.jpgGet great deals on gently used books and media for you and your friends this holiday season. Reading is a wonderful gift, and you'll have an opportunity to find just the right book for the right person! You'll find children's books, popular fiction, vintage books, holiday themes, and more! Catch the Holiday Parade then head over to the Book Sale! Free gift wrap!

The Friends of the Library Book Sale proceeds benefit the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.


Location: Santa Cruz Downtown Public Libra, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7700 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Christmas with Dickens
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Meet Dickens...and Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Mrs. Catherine Dickens, and the Ghost of Christmas
Date: 12/04/2018 at 7:00pm


(0 A November 2018) Library_DickensColor.jpgWilling Suspension Armchair Theater & The Dickens Project present Christmas with Dickens

Charles Dickens just wants to talk about his book, A Christmas Carol, but what happens when Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Mrs. Catherine Dickens, and the Ghost of Christmas Present show up? Chaos, confusion, conflict, and complaints, just like a normal holiday gathering.

Willing Suspension Armchair Theater and the Dickens Project (UCSC) present an original piece written by JoAnna Rottke and directed by Karen Schamberg. Readers will be; Brian Spencer, Frank Widman, Martha Rabin, Susan Forrest and Jim Schultz.

JoAnna Rottke spent her best years as Assistant Director of the Dickens Project, a research program at UCSC devoted to the life and works of Charles Dickens. She knows more about Dickens than she'd like to admit.

This event is free, but donations are most welcome and appreciated. There will be refreshments as well as time at the end to ask questions and interact with the author, director and readers.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Sesquicentennial Celebration
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Sesquicentennial Celebration
Date: 12/07/2018 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Save the date for the biggest bash of the year! SCPL is celebrating 150 years as a library system!

 

Live music with Joshua Lowe & the Juncos, a very special cake from Edith Meyer, mulled cider, memorabilia, and the work of local artists. celebrating the written word. This is your First Friday destination. As part of the birthday celebration, we've invited local artists and the Museum of Art and History to exhibit work that celebrates libraries, words, stories, and writers.

 

Artists include Jody Alexander (book arts), Felicia Rice (Moving Parts Press), Bridget Henry (woodblock prints), Linda Craighead (prints and photographs), and members of Printmakers @ the Tannery: Johanna Atkinson, Margy Baron, Leah Belair, Julie Erreca, Jane Gregorius, Cindy Haug, Andree LeBourveau, Lu Lee, Ann Miya, Mary Neater, Janis O'Driscoll, Bob Rocco, Lynne Simpson, and Frank Trueba.


Location: Santa Cruz Downtown Branch Libra, 224 Church Street , Santa Cruz Map
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"I Am Jazz" Community Reading
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TransFamily Support Group of Santa Cruz
Family-friendly book reading to support transgender youth
Date: 12/07/2018 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: None

Join the Diversity Center of Santa Cruz County, TransFamily Support Group of Santa Cruz, and the Santa Cruz Public Libraries for an all-ages reading of this life-affirming book by Jazz Jennings about growing up transgender. The reading will be followed by fun age-appropriate games and discussions.


Location: Library Central, 224 Church Street, Santa cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7707 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Friends of the Scotts Valley Library Holiday Book Sale
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Friends of the Scotts Valley Library Holiday Book Sale
Date: 12/08/2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) BookSale18.jpgLooking for the perfect gift? Who wouldn't love a book for the holidays?

Gently used children young adult, and adult books, including some really nice children and young adult book sets, antiquarian books, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks will be sold. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Scotts Valley Library.


Location: Scotts Valley Branch Library, 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Reach for the Stars
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Calling all stargazers! This program will explore the ins and outs of all facets of astronomy for adults and families.
Date: 12/11/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

Calling all stargazers! This program will explore the ins and outs of all facets of astronomy for adults and families. Whether you're an experienced astronomer or someone who doesn't know the difference between a comet and an asteroid, this program is for you! Topics will vary month-to-month.


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Winter Magic with Mike Della Penna
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Winter Magic with Mike Della Penna
Date: 12/15/2018 from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) MikeDellaPenna.jpgA magic show inspired by the most magical season of the year, a time of shorter days, colder nights, and annual celebrations of light.

 

Come warm yourself this season with a little fun and a whole lot of wonder!

 

All ages are welcome to come laugh, smile, and participate in this very special seasonal magic show.


Location: Santa Cruz Downtown Branch Libra, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Winter Magic with Mike Della Penna
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Winter Magic with Mike Della Penna
Date: 12/15/2018 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) MikeDellaPenna.jpgA magic show inspired by the most magical season of the year, a time of shorter days, colder nights, and annual celebrations of light.

 

Come warm yourself this season with a little fun and a whole lot of wonder!

 

All ages are welcome to come laugh, smile, and participate in this very special seasonal magic show.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Family Lagoon Watch
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A Nature Study Program with a variety of activities inspired by the natural environment of Corcoran Lagoon
Date: Every Sa (Sep 15-Dec 15) from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

A Nature Study Program with a variety of activities inspired by the natural environment of Corcoran Lagoon.

• Learn about the environment and local wildlife with local experts.
• Bird Watching
• Examine microscopic creatures
• Watercolor painting, printing, writing and reading.

Adults must accompany children under 10. Not suitable for very young children.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Winter Magic with Mike Della Penna
Date: 12/15/2018 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) MikeDellaPenna.jpgA magic show inspired by the most magical season of the year, a time of shorter days, colder nights, and annual celebrations of light.

 

Come warm yourself this season with a little fun and a whole lot of wonder!

 

All ages are welcome to come laugh, smile, and participate in this very special seasonal magic show.


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 247-7717 •website Santa Cruz Countycreate a direct event link
Seasonal Kids Craft Days
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Join us at the Downtown Library, upstairs Young People's Room, for seasonal crafts!
Date: 12/17/2018 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: Ages 3 and older Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: We will get messy so dress accordingly.

Join us at the Downtown Library, upstairs Young People's Room, for seasonal crafts! We will get messy so dress accordingly. Ages 3 and older. We will be using permanent paints and markers as well as small objects like beads and pins. Always fun and always free!

 

Additional Seasonal Kids Craft Days on Monday November 19th and Monday December 17th.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Medicare Explained Series
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If you, a loved one, or even someone you know is on Medicare or about to be eligible for Medicare, Manfred will answer your qu
Date: The 3rd Mon of every month (Aug 20-Dec 17) from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A Aug 2018) Medicare-Options-Logo.jpgEverything you need to know about Medicare. Manfred Luedge of Health Markets in Santa Cruz will explain and simplify all things Medicare, from the basics to Medicare supplemental insurance to Medicare prescription drug plans, Medicare savings plans, and outpatient services.

 

If you, a loved one, or even someone you know is on Medicare or about to be eligible for Medicare, Manfred will answer your questions. The five months of the program will correspond to the open enrollment period to choose plans.

This series will be offered on the 3rd Monday of each month, August - December 2018

August 20 - Understanding Medicare: The Basics
September 17 - Choosing a MediGap Plan: Medicare Supplements
October 15 - Finding help with prescription drug costs
November 19 - How do Medicare Savings Plans (MSP's) Work?
December 17 - Medicare and Outpatient Services


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Free Outdoor Movies
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Celebrate the holiday season with free, family-friendly outdoor movies Downtown, in the Library parking lot every Friday evening
Date: Every Fri (Nov 23-Dec 21) at 5:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free Admission
Special Instructions: 5:30pm: set-up chairs, 6-8pm: Movie

(0 A November 2018) Library_MoviesGrinchD7.jpgCelebrate the holiday season with free, family-friendly outdoor movies Downtown, in the Library parking lot every Friday evening between November 23rd and December 21st.

Chairs can be set up at 5:30pm and movies start at 6pm. Please bring low chairs to sit on. There will be a snack bar offering popcorn, hot chocolate and other movie watching treats.

Families are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner! Visit http://www.downtownsantacruz.com/eat/ to find to-go dinner options!

The movies are suitable for all ages.
The Library parking lot is located at 224 Church Street in Santa Cruz. Each movie night will also highlight a local community organization.

 

November 30: A Christmas Story

December7: The Grinch

December 14: Zootopia

December 21st movie: Frozen

5:30pm - set-up chairs
6-8pm - Family Movie


Location: Parking Lot, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7700 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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