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

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

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

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


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

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Las Madres y Los Padres
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Live Oak Family Resource Center
Date: Every Wed from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: pre-scholares y sus padres Admission Fees: donation

Una reunion semanal para ninos pre-escolares y sus padres o guardians. Juegos creativos, canciones, cuentos, educacion y apoyo para los padres, todo es conducido en Espanol. Live Oak Family Resource Center.

 

 


Location: 1740 17th Av, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 476-7284 x104 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Mountain Community Resources Playgroup
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Mountain Community Resources
Date: Every Wed from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: Babies - Preschool Admission Fees: free

MCR Playgroup

Mountain Community Resources sponsors this wonderful "FREE" playgroup. Crafts, play dough, music, story time, snacks. Perfect for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. ** Call to check location - group now meets in Felton on Highway 9, across the street from Rite Aid.


Location: Redwood Community Church, Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Bike Dojo Camp Dojo
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The Bike Dojo
Learn the ins and outs of cycling in 5 days of riding in the Santa Cruz Mountains!
Date: Every Mon, Wed, Th and Fri (Jun 18-Aug 10) from 8:30pm to 4:00pm
Ages: 7-15 Admission Fees: $275/5 days

Enjoy 5 days mountain biking and exploring trails in Santa Cruz Mountains. This camp is for kids who want to learn mountain biking skills and is designed to teach riding skills, basic mechanics and very beginning racing skills in a fun, relaxed, and comfortable environment.

 

What We Teach

• Trail Safety and courtesy

• Shifting, Braking, hovering
  and avoiding obstacles

• Picking a line and anticipation

• Obstacles

• Going up and down hills

• Handling the terrain

• Cornering

• Single-track

 

As a special bonus Spokesman Bicycles is giving a workshop on bicycle maintenance and how to fix a flat.

 

This full day camp from 8:30-4:00 is for kids 7-12. There will be a minimum of 2 instructors every day. Camp Fee $275 for the week.
Limit 15. Discounts for siblings.

 

DATES:

Ages 7-9:                       Ages 10-12:

June 18-22                     June 25-29

July 9-13                        July 16-20

July 30-Aug 3                 Aug 6-10


Location: Santa Cruz Mountains, meets at 1101 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 713-5475 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Stroller Strides
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Stroller Strides
Stroller Strides is a great way to get in shape
Date: Every Mon, Wed and Fri at 9:30am


First Friday is FREE! Come enjoy a free Stroller Strides class on the first Friday of each month. Stroller Strides meets at the Lighthouse on West Cliff Drive . Stroller Strides is a great way to get in shape, have fun with your baby/toddler, and meet other moms. The stroller workout combines a fitness walk with body toning intervals. 216-6314


Location: Lighthouse on West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831)216-6314 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Public Roller Skating
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Santa Cruz Roller Palladium
There's nothing like a good skating session to expend good energy!
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa
Ages: All Admission Fees: Afternoon $5.50, Evening $6.50

Bring your own or rent skates. Fun for the entire family! Call to verify times around holidays.

 

Tuesday & Thursday  3:30-5:30pm $5.75 per skater

 

Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 7:30-10pm, $6.75 per skater          

 

Tiny Tots W 11:15am-12:30pm $3.50 per skater

 

Saturday & Sunday  2-4pm, $5.75 per skater

 

Prices include quad skate rental.  In-line skates available at additional charge of $3.00 per pair.

 

Get Roller Palladium Perk!    

 

For Party information see our listing under Activities Resources > Roller Skating.


Location: 1606 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 423-0844 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Santa Cruz Grows Seed Lending Library
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Santa Cruz Seed Library
New seed library: Bring seeds, Take seeds
Date: Every day


The Santa Cruz Grows Seed Library is now open at the Museum of Art and History at 705 Front Street in downtown Santa Cruz. A second Collection will be established at the Live Oak Public Library in October.

Our mission has been to create a free urban seed project committed to increasing the capacity of our community to feed itself wholesome food by offering seeds and education. We imagine that the no-strings gift of garden seeds will encourage urban food production.


The Seed Library celebrates biodiversity through the time-honored tradition of seed saving, nurtures locally-adapted plant varieties, and fosters community resilience, self-reliance and a culture of sharing. It operates on the honor system. You become a member when you withdraw seeds to plant. You are not required to return seed.


We depend on you to treat the seed drawers with care. Read the guidelines in the Library binder. Don't take more than you need. Sign your seeds out. Endeavor to learn Seed Saving so that you can contribute. We need the relationship of Library to Public to be one of trust and reciprocity.


We encourage all members to learn basic seed saving techniques. Returned seed will allow us to keep the Library well-stocked. We've convened a Grow-Out Collective of experienced gardeners who will commit to growing certain varieties out for Library use. New members are always welcome.



Location: MAH, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-1964 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Together in the Park - Watsonville
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Watsonville/Aptos Adult Education
Date: Every Wed from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Ages: 0-5 years

Together in the Park is a free program with an opportunity for parents to experience activities with their young children and gain new information on child development and community resources.  Come when you can, stay as long as you can.  Join us for some fun.  You may register at the park. Snacks provided.

 


Location: 120 Second St, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831.786.2160 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Lucky Steppers Square Dancing
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Lucky Steppers
Square dancing for beginners to "pros"
Date: Every Th at 6:30pm


Lucky Steppers is a Plus level club that meets in Santa Cruz, California. We dance on Thursday nights from 6:30 until 9:30 PM. Our caller is Harold Fleeman.

6:30 - 7:00 -- Round Dance Teach, taught by Sue and Phil Harris
7:00 - 8:30 -- Beginner Class
8:30 - 9:30 -- Club Dance (Plus Level)

 


SQUARE DANCING, TRY IT, YOU'LL LIKE IT. ITS FUN AND EASY TO DO!
Friendship put to music, Family friendly Class
Thursday Nights at 6:30 PM
Beginning JAN 26, 2012
Classes thru 9 FEB are Free
Caller/Teacher: Don Benson
Lucky Steppers Square Dance Club
German American Hall - Santa Cruz
230 Plymouth Street
For more information call Sue Harris or Don Benson, (831) 726-7053, Or e-mail Caller4u@razzolink.com


Location: German-American Hall , 230 Plymouth Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-423-0646 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Monterey National Horse Show
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Monterey National Horseshow
This is entertainment for horse lovers and would-be horse lovers!
Date: Every day (Aug 2-Aug 5)


By popular demand, the exciting Monterey National Horse Show is returning to the Monterey County Fairgrounds on August 2-5, 2012. This outstanding event, which is fun for the whole family, will include an exciting Cattle Drive and the Fair Kick-Off Barbecue on August 4, 2012. During the Monterey National Horse Show, there will be many horse show events, jackpot roping and Ranch National Team Sorting. In addition, there will be the crowning of the Miss Monterey National Horse Show on Saturday evening. Learn more at www.montereycountyfair.com.

 

Thurs., Aug 2: Golf & Ranch sorting clinic
Fri., Aug 3: Team sorting competition & Miss Monterey National Horse Show competition
Sat. Aug 4: Pancake Breakfast & Cattle Drive (9am), BBQ (5 pm) & Miss Monterey National Horse Show award
Sun. Aug 5: Horse Show


Location: Monterey County Fairgroun, 2004 Fairground Rd, Monterey Map
Phone: (831) 372-5863 •website Monterey create a direct event link
Together in the Park/Juntos en el Parque
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Watsonville/Aptos Adult Education
Date: Every Fri from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Ages: Parents & Young Children

Together in the Park is a free program with an opportunity for parents to experience activities with their young children and gain new information on child development and community resources.  Come when you can, stay as long as you can.  Join us for some fun.  You may register at the park. Snacks provided.

Rainy Days: Corralitos Community Center, 33 Browns Valley Rd, Corralitos 


Location: Aldridge Park, Aldridge Ln, Corralitos Map
Phone: 786-2160 •website Corralitos create a direct event link
Santa Cruz Creative Play
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Santa Cruz Creative Play
Date: Every Fri at 9:30am

Special Instructions: See website for this week's location

Come join us for story time with a twist! Our vision is to make stories come to life by exposing kids to the arts and creative expression. Each week your child will enjoy themed stories and songs/finger plays as well as a related activity or craft.


We have a heart not only for kids, but families too! Come ready to learn, laugh, and grow with your child. After story time stay awhile, let your child play, and get to know some other parents. We want to build a community that can support and encourage each other.


During the summer we meet at a different park every Friday morning. We'll meet at the park around 9:30am - our NEW TIME. After some play time we'll have a themed story time while we snack. It's completely free and everyone is welcome!


Come join us every Friday morning from 9:30-11! Schedule and location are on the website.

 

 


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Monterey Bay Farmers Markets
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Monterey Bay Farmers Markets
You will find an unmatched selection of locally grown fresh produce, flowers & artisan products.
Date: Every Su, Tues, Fri and Sa
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Markets, Serving the Central Coast for over 36 years!


Locals, chefs and tourists love to shop at our four markets in Aptos, Monterey, and Carmel - the premier farmers markets on the Central Coast.

 

You'll appreciate the unmatched selection of top quality produce, flowers, specialty foods, and the opportunity to connect with the people who produce our food. Our farmers markets are ranked in the top ten farmers markets in California. Meet old friends and make new acquaintances - come to the markets and become a part of our friendly community!

 

Aptos Farmers Market  Saturdays, 8am - 12pm, Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos Year-round

Upbeat and relaxed atmosphere, a great way to start your weekend! 80 farmers and vendors and many special events.


Monterey Farmers Market   Fridays, 10am - 2pm  Monterey Peninsula College, 930 Fremont St, Monterey   Year-round

A bustling market with a bountiful selection of produce and specialty items, flowers and plants.


Carmel Farmers Market  Tuesdays, 9 am - 1 pm The Barnyard Shopping Village, Carmel  May - September

Take a scenic drive to this intimate market nestled in the charming Barnyard Shopping Village just off Hwy 1


Del Monte Farmers Market   Sundays 8 am - 12 pm The Del Monte Shopping Center, 1410 Del Monte Center, Monterey  May through October

Enjoy the easy relaxed pace of this friendly Sunday market - feast your eyes on beautiful produce, flowers, and plants and...


Location: Cabrillo College , 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 728-5060 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Tours of the Reserve
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Elkhorn Slough
Great introduction to the Reserve
Date: Every Su and Sa

Special Instructions: 10am and 1pm

(Photos General) ElkhornSloughTour_SantaCruzParent.jpgJoin knowledgeable docents on a tour of the Reserve.


Volunteer-led tours of the Reserve are held every Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

There is also an early birding walk the first Saturday of every month at 8:30 a.m.

 

All tours meet at the Visitor Center, rain or shine. No notice or reservations are needed for groups of under six people. There is no additional fee for tours.

 

Ongoing public events at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR).
Meet at the Reserve (map). For more information call (831) 728-2822.

  • Tours of the Reserve - Join knowledgeable docents on a tour of the Reserve every Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.
  • Early Bird Tour - A special birding tour of the Reserve, the first Saturday of the month at 8:30am.
  • Slow and Easy Tour - A special tour to the overlook at 2:00pm. 831-728-2822

Regular Reserve and Visitor Center hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Reserve and Visitor Center are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. When the Reserve is closed you cannot access the trails, restrooms, visitor center, or bookstore.


Location: 1700 Elkhorn Rd, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 728-2822 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Family Chess Day
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Library Central
Learn chess with local expert Gjon
Date: Every Su from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Family Chess Day

All levels, including beginners are invited to attend. Students who have never played chess are asked to contact Gjon before joining the class. Please e-mail Gjon at coach@santacruzpl.com or call 425-7835 for more information. 2-2:45 ages 8 years and younger and their families 3-4pm ages 9-18 years and their families

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-420-5700 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Pay What you Wish Day
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Cartoon Art Museum
First Tuesday "Pay What You Wish" Day
Date: The 1st Tues of every month


Cartoon Art Museum: First Tuesday "Pay What You Wish" Day
Hours 11am to 5pm

 

The Cartoon Art Museum is the only museum in the U.S. dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of cartoon art in all its forms. This unique institution houses approximately 6,000 original pieces in its permanent collection; a complete volume research/library facility is located on the museum's premises. In addition to seven major exhibitions a year, the museum has a classroom for cartoon art and a bookstore.

 

Normally $6 admission, the first Tuesday of every calendar month is "Pay What You Wish" Day.

 

 

 


Location: 655 Mission St, San Francisco Map
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Together in the Park/Juntos en el Parque, Live Oak
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Santa Cruz Adult Education
Date: Every Tues from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: parents & young children Admission Fees: Family Fee/Donation $5.00 per visit

There is more to parks than sand and swings! This class is a drop-in play group for parents and young children. Come meet other parents, get information about parenting and child development and have fun learning with your child. Class will not meet if it rains the day of the program. If it is cloudy, class will meet. Class dates subject to change. This class is ongoing throughout the year the year.  Start anytime! 

 

Together in the Park
Jose Park Tuesdays ~ Fredrick St Park Thursdays


Instructor Jennifer Williams
Adult Education, Parent Education, Community Resources, Play groups, Park Activities, Preschool Environment.  Serves children 6 and under, older siblings welcome on as needed basis.


Location: Jose Ave Park, Jose Ave, Live Oak Map
Phone: (831) 429-3966 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Antique Street Fair
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City of Santa Cruz
Come browse, ask questions and find a treasure!
Date: The 2nd Su of every month from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Please join us in Beautiful Downtown Santa Cruz on the second Sunday of every month (Weather Permitting) for an outdoor Antique Faire featuring 50 dealers from all over the Central Coast and Bay Area selling everything from Estate Jewelry to Vintage Fashion to Furniture and everything in between. Something for every budget. See you there!

 

Free Admission! For more info call Bonnie @ (831) 476-6940 and visit our facebook page Santa Cruz Antique Faire

 


Location: Lincoln St, Santa Cruz Map
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Hot Rods for Kids Car Show & Raffle
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Walnut Ave Women's Center
Hot Rods for Kids Car Show and Raffle, fantastic raffle items!
Date: 08/18/2012 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: www.HotRodsForKids.com for vehicle registration or vendor application

Santa Cruz's Third Annual Hot Rods for Kids will be held Saturday, August 18, 2012 at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 East Lake Ave. in Watsonville from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
PARKING ON THE LAWN!
$35 pre-registration per vehicle, $40 at gate
Check-In and Day of Event Registration is 8:00am - 10:00am
Judging is People's Choice and winners will be announced at 4:15 p.m. Hoods Up optional.

Professional photo packages from Mockingbird Photography will be available to purchase as well as commemorative t-shirts and posters designed by Shaun Logan.

Hot Rods for Kids is a car show open to all classes of cars that was started in 2010 by Pamela Whittington and her team at Classic Cleaners as a way to raise awareness and much-needed funds for organizations serving children and youth in our community.

This remarkable event will feature a wide assortment of cars that will impress and attract any automotive lover. While strolling amongst the magnificent array of cars, enjoy food, live music, raffle prizes a kids' zone and more!

Live Music provided by Fascinating Creatures of the Deep, Los High Tops, Almost Chaos, Blackwood Drifters, Jackie Rocks Band, Dressed in Roses and Be Natural Music.

Go to HotRodsForKids.com for details on raffle prizes as they are added. Grand prizes will include accommodations in Mexico, Wine Country and Santa Cruz.

Proceeds from Hot Rods for Kids will benefit children and teen's programming of the Walnut Avenue Women's Center, a strength-based family resource center providing support and services so women, children, teens and their families have the opportunities and skills to thrive. More information about Walnut Avenue Women's Center can be found at www.WAWC.org.


Location: Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 426-3062 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
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