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Holiday Ice Skating
Ice skate by the beach, on real ice!
Every day (Nov 11-Jan 7)
Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map

Boardwalk Holiday Ice
Presented by Dignity Health Medical Network

November 11, 2017- January 7, 2018

Celebrate this holiday season with a new family tradition - ice skating at the Boardwalk!

Festivities Include:

  • Ice Skating by the Beach - on Real Ice!
  • Holiday Lights and Decorations
  • Boardwalk Rides* & Games
  • Indoor Arcades, Mini Golf, and Laser Tag
  • Classic Holiday Movies

Schedule

November 11 - December 24, 2017, and January 2 - 7, 2018

Fridays-Sundays: 12pm-9pm

Mondays-Thursdays: 4pm-9pm

December 25, 2017 - January 1, 2018

12pm-9pm

Ice Skating

Our new 40' x 60' covered ice skating rink is open rain or shine!

Each 1-hour session includes ice skate rental.

$12

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Reserve your ice skating session before you arrive!

(Online reservations coming in November)

 

*Please call (831) 423-5590 the day of your visit to confirm which rides and games are open.

 

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...take a walk on the"Wild Side
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Wild Things, Inc
A special tour of Wild Things - retired animals, young up and coming animals and even feed the elephants
Date: Every day at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: $10.00 per adult $8.00 children 14 & under
Special Instructions: (831)612-0072

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Daily Public Tours: "Every Day"(yes, 7 days weekly - including all holidays except Christmas and Thanksgiving) 1:00 PM and 3pm tour in the months of June, July and August ONLY

 

Just Show Up. No need to call, no reservations needed. We'll meet you at the gate and take you on a 1 hour tour of our facility.  On our daily tour, you'll enjoy a video presentation followed by a walking guided tour of the outdoor animal compound. You'll see most of our inventory, all that are housed in the outdoor portion of the compound to include all our cats, bears and elephants as well as many of our misc. oddballs, our larger alligators and any birds and small mammals that are temporarily being sunned that day...

 

After tour "Meet and Greets" - after our daily tour, guests are invited to return to our elephant playpen where you'll have an opportunity to feed one of the elephants housed in our African elephant sanctuary. A wonderful opportunity for human and elephant alike.

Cost: Additional $5 per person


Location: 400 River Road, Salinas Map
Phone: 831.455.1919 •website Salinas create a direct event link
Make Movies with Teen Tech Tasters
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Library Scotts Valley
Making movie tips for teens
Date: Every Sa from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: Free

Make Movies with Teen Tech Tasters from 3-5pm at Scotts Valley. Join with Robin Macomber from the Digital Media Factory and show your movie on the big screen. Robin will add more skills this week; some video knowledge assumed for this class.

 

Robin is an audio production and post-production editor with more than 20 years of recording experience in both digital and analog studios as well as 28 years of professional musicianship. He has a strong passion for teaching and is the executive director of the Digital Media Learning Foundation.

 


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831)427-7717 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Babysitter Safety and CPR for Adult, Child and Infant
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Dominican Education Center
Learn what it means to be a babysitter and how to run a business
Date: Every Sa (Feb 8-Jun 21) from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: ages 12-16

This class covers Babysitter Safety and CPR for Adult, Child and Infant. Your child (ages 12-16) will learn what it means to be a babysitter and how to run their own business. We go through everything from emergency contact information all the way to diapering techniques. They will also learn and become certified in CPR & AED use. When completing the class successfully your child will hold 2 certification cards. One for Babysitter Safety and  one for CPR.

 

Materials Fee: $25 Pay to instructor at class. Fee includes class materials and a pizza lunch.

To sign up for this class, call 831 462 7709 or visit PEP at 1555 Soquel Drive in Santa Cruz, behind Dominican Hospital in the Education Center, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

 

Saturday 2/8
Saturday 3/15
Saturday 4/26
Saturday 5/31
Saturday 6/21

 

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Location: Room 1, 1555 Soquel Dr, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.462.7709 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
The Romance of Rosy Ridge
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State Park Rancho del Oso
1947 film tells the story of a rural community in the aftermath of the American Civil War,filmed here!
Date: 05/17/2014 at 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Meets at the Rancho del Oso Nature and

Rancho del Oso goes Hollywood with a movie night at the Nature and History Center, featuring the “Rough! Tough! Terrific!” tale of The Romance of Rosy Ridge.  Filmed in the surrounding Santa Cruz Mountains, and guest starring two of the Hoover family’s own Rancho del Oso horses (!!!), this hour and forty-five minute 1947 film tells the story of a rural community in the aftermath of the American Civil War. Enjoy a picnic on the porch before seeing a part of Rancho del Oso on the silver screen at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center!


Location: 17 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1, Davenport Map
Phone: (831) 427-2288 •website Davenport create a direct event link
Cleanup Beaches with Save Our Shores
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Save Our Shores
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All ages welcomed!

Visit our Cleanup & Events Calendar to find the next volunteer opportunity

 

Monthly beach cleanups are a fun, free, easy way to give back to your community by keeping pollution from entering the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. It's easy to participate - just meet us at the check-in table where you'll sign a waiver form and receive your cleanup materials and data cards. Volunteers are encouraged to Bring Your Own buckets, gloves, and reusable bags to decrease trash. Beach cleanups demonstrate how individuals of all ages can protect the marine environment by keeping our coastlines free from harmful pollution and debris.

 

Locations rotate each month - check our Cleanup & Event Calendar for details. Monthly beach cleanups occur

every 2nd Saturday of the month in Monterey County

every 3rd Saturday of the month in Santa Cruz County.

All monthly beach cleanups are held from 10am to Noon.

Beach Cleanup Waiver Forms: All participants must sign a waiver form to participate in a SOS cleanup. SOS will provide waiver forms at all public cleanups. Volunteers under 18 participating without a legal guardian will need to bring a printed and signed waiver form with them. *Download the English Cleanup-Waiver-form here. *Download the Cleanup-Waiver-form_Spanish here.

 

For more information, contact cleanup@saveourshores.org.

 


Phone: (831) 462-5660 •websitecreate a direct event link
4th Annual Santa Cruz Rejuvenation Festival
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Rejuvenation Festival
Free Family Fun under the Sun!
Date: 05/17/2014 from 10:00am to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

 

The idea is simple but profound, bring the high vibration and intentionality of other conscious music/art festivals and gatherings right to downtown parks across California and beyond, and offer free admission, every time. Each event will feature Inspiring World Class Music, Eco-fair, free yoga classes, organic food, sustainable living workshops and info, alternative healing by donation, and so much more. We see this as the perfect opportunity to promote peace, healthy living, non-dogmatic and open minded spirituality, and sustainable "green" living to the main stream consciousness AND have a lot of fun while we are at it.

 

The next "Refest" planned is The 4th Annual Santa Cruz Rejuvenation festival, May 17th in San Lorenzo Park, downtown, Santa Cruz.

 

These high vibration, free festivals are put on by OmMamaOm, a Santa Cruz based non-profit headed by members of Love Eternal.

 

If you align with this vision and would like to contribute, please e-mail us at rejuvenation@loveeternal.org and visit us at www.facebook.com/rejuvenationfestival

 


Location: San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota St, Santa Cruz Map
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Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Market, Aptos
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Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Market
Produce, dancing and breakfast at this Farmers' Market!
Date: Every Sa from 8:00am to 12:00pm

Special Instructions: upper parking lot

Do your weekly shopping while enjoying live Bluegrass by the Farmers Market String Band or lively accordion music by one of Santa Cruz's favorite performing artists, The Great Morgani.

 

You'll be delighted by the large variety of produce and specialty foods offered by 80 vendors. The market is located on the Cabrillo College campus, just a few blocks from New Brighton beach. There's plenty of free parking and easy access to the market. Be sure to check out our special events which are offered year-round. We invite you to become a volunteer or sponsor to help us put on programs that bring our community together to celebrate the richness of local agriculture and the people that produce it for us.

 

Shop with the Chef 2nd Saturday, Cooking demonstrations

 

Can You Dig It? 3rd Saturday Aptos Farmers Market, Monthly garden workshop features hands-on demonstrations and talks from Master Gardeners, educators, authors, professionals.

 

Knife Sharpening Services

 


Location: Cabrillo College , 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: 831.728.5060 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Volunteer and Bring Wilder Ranch History to Life!
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State Park Wilder Ranch
To share your time and make these programs possible, please call the park at (831) 426-0505. Submit a volunteer application now
Date: Every day (Jan 1-Jan 15)
Ages: day parking fee
Special Instructions: Located two miles north of Santa Cruz, on Highway 1

Volunteer and Bring Wilder Ranch History to Life!


Volunteers give heart and soul to the "Life on the Ranch" and other activities that make Wilder Ranch State Park such a fun, interesting, hands-on place to visit. Once a year, the park puts out a call for new volunteers to join their crew of "ranch-hands," who bring the history of this early Santa Cruz dairy ranch to life. Training begins Saturday, February 2, at 10:00am in the park's historic Meder Home. New volunteers learn to lead living history activities at the park.

 

 

Volunteer docents help with school group programs, present living history demonstrations, put on events like the annual Harvest Festival, help care for farm animals, lead hikes and building tours and host the visitor center. Wilder Ranch is especially seeking volunteers to help on weekdays with its "Ranch Kids Day" program, where school-children experience local history as they visit a host of hands-on stations led by docents.

 

The success of this program is based on the number of volunteers available to lead each activity.

 

Students come from local schools to try their hand at many early-day tasks including forging iron in the blacksmith shop, examining the workings of the water-powered Pelton Wheel, grooming the horses, churning butter from fresh cream, baking muffins and cookies and preparing vegetable soup on the wood burning oven, shucking corn to feed to the chickens, and washing laundry using bar soap, a grater, tubs, washboards, wringers and an old-fashioned iron. The day is an unforgettable lesson in local history for the kids.

 

Call (831) 426-0505 to sign up and become a docent at one of Santa Cruz's most treasured state parks!

 


Location: Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-0505 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Welcome to the Aromas Community Grange
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Aromas Grange
Date: Every day


Welcome to the Aromas Community Grange

A Grange, first and foremost, is a group of passionate people dedicated to serving their community, and thereby making the world a better place. Here in Aromas we are fortunate to also have a Grange Hall, a friendly, beautiful facility where Grange members and other community organizations can meet and gather for all kinds of events and activities.

 

At the state and national levels, the Grange is a political lobbying organization, steadfastly non-partisan and historically focused on protecting the rights of farmers and other small landholders and giving them a political voice. In California, the Aromas Grange is partnering with other action Granges in the state and the new State Grange leadership to help restore the larger Grange institution to its populist roots. Click here to learn more about the California State Grange.

 

In Aromas the Grange is at the heart of an active, thriving community. If you want to know what's going on in town, come join us and find out! We meet on the second Friday of every month, with a potluck dinner starting at 6:30, the business meeting starts at 7:15.

 

Fri, Jan 1o, 6:30    Grange Potluck, Business Meeting, Everyone Welcome

                                                                   

Sun. Jan 19, 2:00    Swing Dance, www.10thavenueband.com

 

Sun. Jan 26, 7:30-11    Grange Country Breakfast

 

Fri. Jan 31, 6:00         Community Potluck/Movie, San Benito Time Share presents "Fixing the Future"

 

Classes:        T'ai Chi-- M,W @8:45         Yoga--Th @ 6:00

 


Location: Rose and Bardue, Aromas Map
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Movies - Imax at The Tech
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The Tech Museum
Now Showing at The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater
Date: Every day from 10:00am to 5:00pm


Now Showing at The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater

 

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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
MAY Activities at Portola Redwoods State Park
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State Park Portola Redwoods
Explore Portola Redwoods State Park
Date: Every Fri and Sa (May 3-May 31)


Portola Redwoods State Park
From Highway 35, turn west onto Alpine Road, go 3 miles, and turn onto Portola State Park Rd.
Use low gear as both these roads are steep and winding (650) 948-9098. 

Saturday Night Campfire  Saturdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 7 pm
Come enjoy marshmallows, the comforting warmth of our campfire, and have some fun with us! Enjoy entertaining and educating slideshows about the unique and interesting features of our park, as well as sing-alongs, silly skits, and trivia. Program generally lasts around 1 hour. Meet at the Campfire Center.

 

Memorial Day Weekend Campfire  Sunday, May 25 at 7 pm
Come learn about the rare and mysterious "flying baked potato" (a rare bird) of Portola Redwoods State Park. This program will include marshmallows, sing-alongs, a skit, a roasty-toasty campfire and plenty of fun for campers of all ages.

 

Memorial Day Hike  Monday May 26 at 2 pm
Estimated length is 1 hour. Join us for a short, easy hike down Old Tree Trail. This hike is roughly .5 miles round trip and offers a chance at seeing a big, beautiful old growth coast redwood tree at the end! This hike is appropriate for people of all ages. All hikes meet at the Hopkins grove, next to the Visitor Center. Hike generally lasts 1 hour.

 

Memorial Day Junior Rangers  Monday May 26, from 10 am to 11 am
Junior Rangers is a kids-only program for children ages 7-12. Join our resident Crumb Clean Captain, Erik, to learn more about the amazing "Flying Baked Potato" (a rare bird) and how important it is to the park and all the other things that live here. Have you got what it takes to become a Crumb Clean Cadet? This program is a fun and engaging outdoors romp, which includes games and competition.


Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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The Wisdom in Nature: Mature Minds Exploring Nature's Ways
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Quail Hollow Park
Learn about the natural history of Santa Cruz through speakers and activities
Date: Every day (May 12-May 21) from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: 50 and up Admission Fees: $175/resident, $193/non-resident
Special Instructions: no class 5/19, 5/20, 5/21

Are you interested in the natural history of Santa Cruz? Are you looking for opportunities to learn about and experience the natural world while meeting people with the same interests? This new and innovative workshop series will offer an opportunity for adults, ages 50+ to lean about the ways of nature while discovering our care-taking role within it. Learn about local geology, biology, botany, ecology, zoology and astronomy through guest speaker's presentations; also enjoying hikes, microscope viewing, mapping, species surveys, arts and crafts and more in this engaging and informative 7-day program. Guest speakers this session include:


~ Todd Newberry, professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology, USCS; author of The Ardent Birder
~ Jodi McGraw, sandhills ecologist and author of The Sandhills Conservation and Management Plan
~ Ken Moore, founder of Wildlands Restoration Team and invasive weed presenter
~ Mark Ryan, associate professor of geology, SJSU
~ Lindy Patania, Quail Hollow volunteer and reptile presenter
~ and more


Location: Quail Hollow Ranch County Park, 800 Quail Hollow Road, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-9348 •website Felton create a direct event link
Visit Monterey Adobes
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Monterey State Historic Park
Date: Every Su, Mon, Fri and Sa from 10:00am to 4:00pm


It took a lot of donated cash, but Monterey's historic adobes are open to the public once more.

The Monterey State Historic Park adobes in downtown Monterey were largely closed to the public, along with walking tours, starting in 2007 because of budget cuts.

 

The tours will consist of the Custom House and its plaza, Pacific House Museum and First Brick House.

 

The adobes will be open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday holidays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

The Custom House was the primary port of entry on the Alta California coast and the spot where the American flag was raised in 1846, claiming the land for the United States. At one time, the Custom House presided over Mexico's primary port of entry on the Alta California coast. It was here that Commodore John Drake Sloat raised the American flag in July 1846, claiming over 600,000 square miles of territory for the United States. This territory later was included in all or portions of the states of Utah, Colorado, Arizona, California and New Mexico.

 

This building is recognized as the oldest government building in California. It is State Historic Landmark #1.

 

It is $3 for the combined admission to Custom House and Pacific House. Walking tours, which last 50 minutes, are $5. Children 12 and younger are free.


Location: 20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey Map
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