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Money Matters Financial Literacy Series
Sunnyside Up How to Crack Your Retirement Nest Egg
The 3rd Sa of every month (Sep 16-May 19) from 10:00am to 11:00am
Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map

Money Matters Financial Literacy Series
Start to develop a better understanding of how to manage your personal finances. Learn about a different topic on the 3rd Saturday of each month with George Haas and Anthony Rovai, financial advisers at Money Concepts Capital Corporation. Start getting your personal finances in shape. The series starts on September 16th and runs through May.

Note: Sunnyside Up How to Crack Your Retirement Nest Egg


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Night Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Date: Every day (Jul 1-Aug 18)

Explore the other half of the 24 hour cycle of life on a hike around Little Basin at Night. Use your senses to discover owls, coyotes, frogs, and other nocturnal creatures that call Little Basin home. This is a 1 hour program and is about a mile or less.


Location: Highway 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
New IMAX film: “America’s Musical Journey” “America’s Musical
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The Tech Museum
"America's Musical Journey" celebrates the diverse music and creative risk-taking spirit that characterize America.
Date: Every day from 10:00am to 5:00pm

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New IMAX film: "America's Musical Journey"

"America's Musical Journey" celebrates the diverse music and creative risk-taking spirit that characterize America.


Follow Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc as he traces Louis Armstrong's footsteps through the colorful locales where America's music was born - iconic cities like New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit, New York City, Nashville, Miami and more - and meet the artists, music makers, storytellers and innovators who are shaping America's culture today. 

Opens Friday, Feb. 16.





Location: 201 S. Market St, San Jose Map
Phone: (408) 294-8324 •website San Josecreate a direct event link
Wilder Ranch Farm Animal Program Volunteers Needed
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State Park Wilder Ranch
We're looking for volunteers to help feed and tend to the resident animals. Families are welcome!
Date: Every day

Wilder Ranch Farm Animal Program Volunteers Needed!

Do you love Wilder Ranch and have a big heart for animals? Then do we have the opportunity for you! The Wilder Ranch Farm Animal Program is looking for volunteers to help feed and tend to the resident animals.

  Families are welcome! Children between the ages of 6-18 are encouraged to volunteer as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian while volunteering.

This is a long term volunteer position as the animals grow very fond of their caretakers, with the minimum commitment being 6 months. There are several shifts available with morning and afternoon feedings.

Prior animal experience is a plus, but you will be thoroughly trained by Animal Program Coordinator Sunny Schacher on your duties as a caretaker, and introduced to the goats, sheep, chickens and other animals that reside on the ranch.


For more information, please contact Sunny at the
Wilder Ranch Visitor Center at (831) 426-0505.

If there is nobody available to pick up the phone, please leave a message for Sunny and she will return your call as soon as she is able.


Location: Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-0505 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Nature Walks
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City of Watsonville
Bring the peace and beauty of nature into your life!
Date: Every Su at 1:30pm

Guided exploration walk in the wetlands. Meet at the Nature Center. Binoculars provided. Great for all ages! Weather permitting. FREE

or Learn While You Walk

Thirteen interpretive trail signs have been installed along the Wetlands of Watsonville. These trail signs teach about the natural and cultural history of our wetlands and address local conservation issues. Several more will be developed to convey litter, pet waste and environmentally friendly car wash practices.


Location: Wetlands of Watsonville, 30 Harkins Slough Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831.768.1622 •website Watsonville 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
Union Pacific - Building America for 150 Years!
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California State Railroad Museum
150 years of railroading history!
Date: Every day (Sep 29-Aug 31) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Sept, 2012 Thru Aug 2013 -- California State Railroad Museum -- "Building America" Exhibit


Attention railroad and history enthusiasts of all's time to celebrate 150 years of railroading history! Timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Union Pacific Railroad this year, the California State Railroad Museum is proud to debut a new exhibit titled "Building America: Abraham Lincoln, California and the Union Pacific Railroad." The retrospective exhibit will include photos, maps, artifacts and memorabilia covering 150 years of railroad history.


The powerful new exhibit will begin with the early history of President Abraham Lincoln and his steadfast support of the railroad, culminating with the signing of the Pacific Railroad Act in 1862. The exhibit will highlight the construction of this - the world's very first transcontinental railroad - and continue on to showcase how the Union Pacific Railroad has helped with "Building America" through natural disasters, wars, and a changing transportation industry. This is one history-rich exhibit railroad enthusiasts won't want to miss!


Open daily from 10am - 5pm except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day

Location: 125 "I" St, Old Sacramento Map
Phone: (916) 445-6645 •website Sacramentocreate a direct event link
Santa Cruz County Fair Entry Guides
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Santa Cruz County Fair
Plan ahead for entering the county fair -all ages!
Date: Every day (Jun 1-Aug 31)

(Ads 2013) SCCF_2013.jpgSanta Cruz County Fair Official Entry Guides  You can process most entries online.


We can use your help!
We are looking for volunteers for this year's fair. If you work at least one four hour shift, you will receive free admission to the Santa Cruz County Fair. Fill out this short form if you're interested and someone will contact you directly. Thanks!


Fair Horse Show Update

Horse show entries are open! You can also post most shows the day of the event. Please call the Fair Office at 831.724.5671 for more information.



Downloads for All Entry Guides



2013 Apple Pie Baking Contest Entry Form

2013 Diaper Derby / Toddler Contest

2013 Senior Contest


Education Days Applications

2013 Education Days Application

2013 Panel Entry Application




2013 Ag & Hort Department
2013 Amature Winemaking Department
2013 Collections & Hobbies
2013 Education Department
2013 FFA Department
2013 Fine Arts Department
2013 Floriculture Department
2013 Handsupn / Handwoven Department
2013 Homebrew Department
2013 Interactive Science Department
2013 Horseshow Department

2013 Junior Home Arts Department
2013 Lego Department
2013 Livestock Department
2013 Photography Department
2013 Poetry Department
2013 Poultry Department
2013 Senior Home Arts Department
2013 Youth Organization Department     





Location: 2660 East Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
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Kid Salmon Fishing Opportunity
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Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout
kids salmon fishing opportunity on even numbered days
Date: Every day (Aug 15-Aug 31)

Special Instructions: Back Harbor area only

The Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project is teaming with the harbor on a new program, which is open to children 15 and younger. The new program applies only to the back harbor area, accessible from Seventh Avenue and Brommer Street.


Parents should be familiar with the rules and regulations. Children need to have a rod and reel that's going to be sufficient to land a 20 to 25 pound fish. Harbor Patrol will be enforcing the new rules, and Department of Fish & Game regulations are also being strictly followed.


Volunteers from the Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project will work with children to teach them how to reel in fish that can weigh up to 25 pounds and be worth $200.


Children only on even numbered days...

Location: Santa Cruz Harbor, Brommer & 7th Sts, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 475-6161 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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