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Holiday Lights Train
Choo, Choo, Santa Claus is coming to town, not by sleigh, not by snow but by Train!
Every Fri and Sa (Nov 23-Dec 23)
Location: Graham Hill Rd, Felton Map

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NOVEMBER 23 - 24, DECEMBER 1 - 2, 8 - 9 & 15 - 23

Departs from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Choo, Choo, Santa Claus is coming to town, not by sleigh, not by snow but by Train!

Vintage excursion cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights, roll through the streets of Santa Cruz as passengers lend their voices to holiday carols, sip hot spiced cider and listen to musical entertainment while Santa visits the little ones, or the young at heart! Continue the merriment with a $6 MyBoardwalk card good for attractions, arcades and games in Neptune's Kingdom. Bring the whole family for festive fun. Happy Holidays!


Dear Santa Letter Download here - Print out your letter to Santa Claus and have Roaring Camp Deliver it by train to the North Pole. Write your letter and bring it with you to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, there will be a North Pole mailbox just outside of the entrance to Neptune's Kingdom by the first car of the train. Roaring Camp will be making a special trip each evening after the Holiday Lights Train to drop off your letters to Santa's Home in the North Pole.


Start a new holiday tradition! Gather your family and friends and celebrate Santa Cruz style with ice skating at the beach! See the new Main Entrance Plaza transformed into a winter wonderland with ice skating, rides, games, festive foods and more!


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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
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
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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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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