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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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Race through the Redwoods
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Felton Business Association
Race Thru the Redwoods 10K, Kids 1 Mile Breakfast in the Park hosted by Cowboy bar and Grill.
Date: 08/16/2014 at 8:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: parking $10
Special Instructions: Meet at the Visitor Center

Race Thru the Redwoods is run entirely in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, California. The race starts near the main picnic area and runs one mile on paved roads followed by scenic trails next to meadows and the San Lorenzo River. The moderate to challenging course then rises approximately 300 feet in elevation between mile 2.5 and mile 3.5. Return is on downhill paved road and dirt trails with the finish near the starting line. Water/aid stations, mile markers.


All participants will receive a newly designed t-shirt for 2015 and breakfast. There will be coffee, juice, and healthy breakfast available (free to runners who show bib).


All Kids will receive ribbons just for finishing, along with medals for top finishers.


Your parking is paid for the day inside (limited availability, so get there early). Enjoy a day at the park and bring your family and friends. Enjoy breakfast in the park then stay and play the day away! Picnic grounds are beautiful, swim in the river or go ride the train. There is free parking outside the park (see Directions page for more info on parking) and you can hike in on the trail (you'll see a sign posted at beginning of trail right after the bridge). It's a 10 minute walk depending where you park-great for your warm up!


Electronic timing results immediately after race are provided by the Santa Cruz Track Club. During the awards ceremony prizes will be drawn for those present!


Proceeds from the race go to the Felton Business Association, San Lorenzo Valley High's cross country program, local charities and the Felton California State Parks.


1-mile trail fun for ages 2-12


Make this a family day! For kids we have a one mile trail fun run for ages 2 - 12. Medals go to top 3 boys and girls in each age bracket: 2-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12


Start times


8:10 am - Kids Mile
8:30 am - 10K


Location: State Park Henry Cowell, Hwy 9, Felton Map
Phone: 831.335.7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
National Roller Coaster Day elebration
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Beach Boardwalk
Love roller coasters? First 300 win a commemorative pin!
Date: 08/16/2014
Admission Fees: $35

We're celebrating National Roller Coaster Day on August 16 by giving away a free Giant Dipper pin to the first 300 riders starting at 10am. Look for a sign near the ride entrance, 1 pin per person.


In the week leading up to National Roller Coaster Day, the Boardwalk will release four new Giant Dipper videos including two #firstcoaster videos, a behind-the-scenes look at the Giant Dipper, and a "point of view" video shot from the front seat of the Giant Dipper.


The Boardwalk also invites the public to share something about their first roller coaster ride on social media using #firstcoaster and #beachboardwalk.  Boardwalk staff will pick their favorites and winners will receive prizes. 


Fun photographs taken by Screaming Images will be selected and shared on the Boardwalk's social media channels. Screaming Images uses a camera mounted near the Dipper tracks to snap riders as they scream around the first big curve. (Cameras are not allowed on rides.)


Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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Visit Rancho Del Oso!
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Discover new interactive exhibits, and share the wonders and diversity of the Waddell Valley
Date: Every Su, Mon and Sa (May 26-Oct 31) from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Come visit the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center!
Summer Hours:
Starting Monday, May 26 through Monday, September 1 (Labor Day): Saturdays through Mondays - 12:00 - 4:00 PM
Scheduled groups by appointment.  Contact us to inquire about opportunities for your group to visit!

Stop at the renovated Nature and History Center and discover new interactive exhibits, and share the wonders and diversity of the Waddell Valley. Rancho del Oso is in the coastal section of Big Basin Redwoods State Park and is located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1. Turn right before the Waddell Beach parking lot, you'll see a sign marked 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
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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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
"Pioneering the Valley: The Chinese American Legacy in Santa Cla
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Saratoga Historical Museum
History of the Chinese American Community in the Santa Clara Valley from the 19th century to today with highlights of community
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Jul 13-Oct 26) from 1:00pm to 4:00pm

The Saratoga History Museum presents the traveling exhibit, "Pioneering the Valley: The Chinese American Legacy in Santa Clara Valley."


The exhibit provides the history of the Chinese American Community in the Santa Clara Valley from the 19th century to today with highlights of community achievements. Partnering with the exhibit will be local information on Saratoga people and history.The reception will feature Mayor Emily Lo; Historian Connie Young Yu; Brenda Wong, president of Chinese Historical Cultural Project; zither music by Hong Tai; and the Tamkang drum team. The Tamkang drum team are part of the Tamkang University Alumni Association and combine the art of Chinese dance, Kung-Fu, Tai Chi with the art of drumming.


Light refreshments will be served. For more information go to: or call 408-867-4311.

Location: 20450 Saratoga-Los Gatos Road, Saratoga Map
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Who's Cooler Than a Slurpee on a Hot Summer Day
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Santa Cruz Police
"Operation Chill" promotes positive interactions and reinforces good behavior with the kids in our community during non-enforcem
Date: Every day (Jul 28-Aug 31)

Who's Cooler Than a Slurpee on a Hot Summer Day


We are teaming up with our local 7-Eleven Stores® for "Operation Chill".  This program promotes positive interactions and reinforce good behavior with the kids in our community during a non-enforcement contacts.    


Here's How it Works: 


Courtesy of 7-Eleven, officers are hitting the streets with "Operation Chill" coupons.  When officers observe kids exhibiting good behavior, they can issue an "Operation Chill" coupon.  The coupons are good for a FREE small Slurpee® drink at any one of the four 7-Eleven Stores in the City of Santa Cruz.


Special thanks to each of these stores for participating in the program.  The locations are:


367 Ocean Street

218 Cardiff Place

602 Laurel Street

2429 Mission Street


Examples of behavior that will get a coupon are wearing safety helmets, observing traffic safety rules, good citizenship and good deeds, being "brave" after a traffic collision or other emergency event, etc. 

The officers enjoy having something positive to reward the kids, and the kids are as excited as this photo of Sergeant Jones on the cover of the Slurpee machine box when he was a kid.


Coincidence.....we think not!!

For all you adults who are thinking about creative ways to pose as a kid to get your hands on one of these......just know, we're wise to your disguise!!

Since its inception in 1995, Operation Chill has allowed police departments to issue more than 12.5 million coupons, or "tickets" to kids in communities throughout the country.  That's a serious amount of Alienade and Berry Citrus Slam, or Mountain Dew Blue Shock!!!!  


The program has helped promote positive relationships while reinforcing good behavior and safety habits. 

The program will last for as long as the coupons do.  The coupons expire December 31, 2014.    

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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
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Basic Bicycle Maintenance Class
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The Spokesman
Learn tips and tricks to keep your bike happy!
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month (Jul 19-Aug 16) from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: Free
Special Instructions: Sat, July 19, 10am - 11am or Sat, August 16, 10am - 11am

Free Basic Maintenance Class

  • Description: Learn tips and tricks to keep your bike happy! What to tighten, lube, and adjust will all be covered and you are welcome to ask any questions you like.
  • When:  Sat, July 19, 10am - 11am or Sat, August 16, 10am - 11am

Flat Fixing Class

  • Description: Learn to fix a flat like a pro! Taught by veteran flat fixer, Wade Hall.
  • When: Sat, August 2, 10am - 11am or Sat, September 6, 10am - 11am

Spokesman Bicycles, Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz, CA

Sign up for the free classes here:

Location: Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz Map
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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,


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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State Park Campfire Programs
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Date: Every day (Jul 1-Aug 31)

Butano SP Campfire Programs, Every Saturday, from 7:30 to 8:45pm

Come join us for campfire food, songs, games, and trivia, followed by a short slideshow presentation on some of the features of the park. See detailed program in the Friends of Butano State Park blog, facebook page, or at the park exhibits. Meet at the Campfire Center. Butano State Park, 1500 Cloverdale Rd., Pescadero. (650) 879-2040


Campfires at Little Basin, All Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays in July at 7pm

Come learn about Little Basin's unique history, natural environment, and culture. Be ready to sing some fun songs and hear some interesting facts about Little Basin. Little Basin, 21700 Little Basin Road, Boulder Creek. 338-8018


Big Basin Afternoon Campfire Program, Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30pm

Drop by anytime between 4:30-5:30 pm at our historic campfire and enjoy roasting ranger apples, music and crafts! Touch and learn about the skulls and pelts of Big Basin animals.


Evening Campfire Program at Big Basin, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6:30pm

Join us in our historic campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about redwood ecology, creatures of the forest or stories of the park while relaxing in the shadows of the towering trees. Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 6:30pm; program begins at 7pm. Wheelchair, stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome! Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Located 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236. 338-8883


Portola Redwoods State Park Campfire, Every Friday and Saturday in July at 7pm

And Monday, July 28 at 7pm

Come enjoy marshmallows, the comforting warmth of our campfire, and have some fun with us! Some activities include (But are by no means limited to!) 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. 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

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Pescadero Arts and Fun Festival
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Pescadero Arts and Fun Festival
Fine Art Exhibit, NON-STOP Live Entertainment, Paffy's Kid Korral, Hand crafted goods, Down home country cooking
Date: Every day (Aug 16-Aug 17) from 10:00am to 6:00pm

Welcome to the Pescadero Arts and Fun Festival, a quaint gathering of artists and artisans, locals and out-of-towners alike, showcasing their creativity and enjoying a down home, country good time. Founded in 1991 by a group of local artists seeking an outlet for the local community of talent, the Pescadero Arts and Fun Festival was born, and has grown to become the event of the year for locals and long time visitors.


Don't be fooled however by the abundance of artists in our midst (though we do seem to have more than our fair share). PAFF has become far more than just a festival showcasing local talent; thanks in large part to the dedication and generosity of the people behind PAFF, it is also a major player in promoting its local youth and programs. Whether its granting funds to programs within the schools, or scholarships to local seniors, you will find the influence of PAFF in many nooks and corners of the community.


Phone: (650) 879-0848 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
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