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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 to learn more and sign up. Call (831) 464 9200 x104 with any questions.

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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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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
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The Backpack Project: Packing Life into Giving
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Lynda and Kids Backpack Project
Help us provide 200 backpacks to kids who need them
Date: Every day (Jul 1-Aug 15)

To date we have collected 274 backpacks and 231-$25 donations. So we need 226 more backpacks and 269-$25 donation by July 31 to reach this year's goal of providing 500 backpacks to low income/homeless youth in Santa Cruz County through various shelters and churches. We would like to say THANK YOU to all of you who have donated so far!


Other news:

1.    Agile Monkey Pilates Backpack Collection - For the rest of the month of July, customers of Agile Monkey or the general public can drop off backpacks to the collection bin located at Agile Monkey in downtown Santa Cruz.

2.    Garvin Thomas of Bay Area Proud featured our project on NBC Bay Area News last week. You can read the article and view the rebroadcast here:


How to help:
1. Donate a gently used or new backpack
2. Donate $25 to fill a backpack full of school supplies


How to donate:
1. Drop off donations at Deluxe Foods of Aptos, True Olive Connection, Agile Monkey, Felton Nails or Scotts Valley Market

2. US Mail to Lynda Hall, P.O. Box 97, Mount Hermon, CA 95041-0097

3. Via FedEx/UPS to Lynda Hall, 8 Madrone Avenue, Mount Hermon, CA 95041-0097

4. PayPal to Lynda Hall -- ID is

Thank you for being a part of our 2014 Lynda and Kidz Back-to-School Backpack Project team and please feel free to share this update with others who may be interested in donating to our cause!


Lynda Hall, Lynda and Kidz Backpack Project

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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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Shared Adventures
Kayak ~ Scuba ~ Outrigger Canoe ~ Flotation
Date: 07/19/2014 from 10:00am to 5:00pm

Shared Adventures' work is made possible with the help of hundreds of local volunteers.

Join our volunteer mailing list and receive our latest calendars of activities, information about volunteering at our larger events like Day on the Beach, and many more volunteer opportunities!



Founded on the belief that recreation, fun, challenge and access to the outdoors are an essential part of a healthy and fulfilling life, Shared Adventures is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of people living with disabilities.


Registration for beach activities is now full, but you can still sign up to attend the the beach party! click here to sign up for music, food, and fun!


Shared Adventures presents their annual Day on the Beach. Kayaking, outrigger canoes, and other activities for those with special needs will be available on event day.


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