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River Health Day
Volunteer and make a difference in the San Lorenzo River ecosystem!
The 2nd Sa of every month (Jul 23-Dec 8) from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Location: Santa Cruz Riverwalk, 107 Dakota Ave., Santa Cruz Map

Every second Saturday of the month you can join the Coastal Watershed Council in improving habitat conditions along the lower San Lorenzo River.

During these River Health Days, we will be planting and watering beneficial native seedlings, as well as removing invasive plants along the river to improve biodiversity and habitat complexity.

Events occur along the banks of the lower San Lorenzo River near the Santa Cruz Riverwalk. Equipment, gloves and refreshments are provided.

All ages and abilities welcome. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visit https://coastal-watershed.org/events/ to learn more and sign up. Call (831) 464 9200 x104 with any questions.

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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
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
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
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
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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