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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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Classes at Love Apple Farms
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Love Apple Farm
Take a class at Love Apple Farm
Date: Every day (Jun 1-Dec 31)

On-site workshops are held at what GQ Magazine calls our "stunning beautiful farm," located off of Highway 17 (the former Smothers Brothers Winery), just 15 minutes from Los Gatos or Santa Cruz, and 30 minutes from San Jose.



To ask a question about our on-site classes, please email us.




For information about hosting a private event for your organization or business at the farm or at your venue contact

View our cancellation/rescheduling policy.


October 2015

Farm Dinner  $139 - Saturday, October 3

Hard Apple Cider $89 - Saturday, October 10

Backyard Chicken Keeping  $99 - Sunday, October 11

Sausage Making  $99 - Saturday, October 17

Docent-Led Farm Tour  $18/$9 - Saturday, October 17

Succulent Wreaths  $119 - Sunday, October 18

Hearty Soups & Stews  $89 - Saturday, October 24

Beginning Cheese Making  $99 - Sunday, October 25


November 2015

Docent-Led Farm Tour  $18/$9 - Saturday, November 7

Wreaths from the Garden  $59 - Sunday, November 8

Perfect Holiday Pies  $89 - Saturday, November 14

Apple Butter for Gift Giving  $79 - Sunday, November 15

Chocolate Truffles & Other Decadence  $99 - Saturday, November 21

Beginning Cheese Making  $99 - Sunday, November 22

Bread Making  $89 - Saturday, November 28

Docent-Led Farm Tour  $18/$9 - Sunday, November 29


December 2015

Home-Made Liqueurs for Gift Giving  $119 - Saturday, December 5

Holiday Sweets & Treats  $89 - Saturday, December 12

Docent-Led Farm Tour  $18/$9 - Saturday, December 12

Garden Mosaics  $119 - Saturday, December 19

Soap Making for Gift Giving  $89 - Sunday, December 20

Location: 2317 Vine Hill Road, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 588-3801 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Community Food Drives
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Second Harvest Foodbank
Help is needed for families who are hungry
Date: Every day (Nov 1-Dec 31)

Holiday Food Drive Kit:

For everything you need to know to host a food drive, read the: HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE KIT

Holiday Food Drive:

All of the materials needed to run a Holiday Food Drive are listed below:


What kind of food you should collect:

  • Canned Meat, Fish & Soups
  • Canned Ready to Eat Meals
  • Canned Vegetables & Tomato Products
  • Peanut Butter (plastic container)
  • Iron Rich Cereal (45% or more of daily value)
  • 100% Fruit Juice (48 oz. or less plastic bottles)
  • Canned Fruit (in juice)
  • Dry Beans (any type)
  • Enriched Rice or Pasta
  • Powdered Milk


What can you do if:

You don't have space for a Food Drive Barrel or You don't get much foot traffic?
Check out the (FOOD DRIVE KIT) For ideas and solutions to these challenges.

You don't have time right now?
We need help year round. Give us a call anytime-we fight hunger all year.

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Train to Christmas Town
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Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay Railway
Relive the tale of a child's train ride with woodland friends, jolly elves serving cookies and cocoa, and a bag full of surprise
Date: Every day (Nov 27-Dec 27) at 2:00pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: $15-$48
Special Instructions: At the Depot across from Second Harvest Food Bank in Watsonville

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Climb Aboard the Train to Christmas Town

This holiday season, fall in love with the heartwarming tale of Janice, a little girl who looks forward to riding the Train to Christmas Town every year with her brother and Grandmother. This year is a little different though, as readers of the story already know. Accompanied by a bag full of surprises, woodland friends and jolly elves, Janice relives happy memories as she rides the train to Christmas Town once again.


The conductor will welcome you aboard and punch your ticket as you find your seat in warm, decorated cars. Meet Bumblebee the Polar Bear, Wabash the Squirrel, even Zephyr the depot cat and laugh along with Elves while they're busy serving cookies and cocoa, and leading guests in singing Christmas carols. Upon arrival at Christmas Town, Santa climbs on board and walks through the cars greeting each child with holiday cheer and his signature "Ho, Ho, Ho"!


Get your tickets today!

Location: Train to Christmas Town, 765 Ohlone Parkway, Watsonville Map
Phone: (888)978-5562 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
SV Farmers Market
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Santa Cruz Farmers Market
Bring the family to SV Farmers Market!
Date: Every Sa from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Open April - October

The Scotts Valley Farmers' Market is back for its fifth season beginning on April 4th. Every Saturday 9am-1pm, spring, summer and fall, a circle of farmers and food artisans will set up their stands to offer shoppers and diners an array of delicious edibles.


Stationed outside the Scotts Valley Community Center, the market connects residents directly with local farms, is a resource for agricultural education and provides a community gathering place for families, friends and neighbors. Known for its focus on regional growers, four of which are within the city limits, the market delivers a robust selection of organic vegetables, fruits, herbs, pasture-raised chicken and duck eggs, flowers, artisanal meats, breads, seafood, pastries and ready-to-eat cuisine. In 2015 the Scotts Valley Market brings back the best of last season and some exciting new projects for local residents.

In its usual style the Scotts Valley Market will offer a Kids Zone and Watch It Grow station where little ones play and plant seedlings to take home. A weekly music program featuring local bluegrass, jazz and country blues bands keep peoples feet stompin' as they shop and visit.


Owing to its roaring success, another round of the Pop-Up Breakfast series will bring a farm-to-table ticketed event into the market on July 18th - a multi-course meal spotlighting seasonal ingredients expertly prepared by local chefs.

Brand new this year, a partnership with the recently established neighboring community garden, the local 4-H and the Scotts Valley Market will bring multiple rounds of a four-week, youth focused gardening class throughout the market season. Families can enroll via 4-H and attend classes in the garden led by owner of Old House Farm, Kelly Bradford. A member of the Scotts Valley Market, Kelly will bring children and their families into the garden and into the market for learning, planting, tasting and selling. Members of the garden will receive a 50% discount on organic plant starts from Old House Farm.

For more information, visit the SCCFM website:, or contact Nicole Zahm, Education Coordinator at:, or Director Nesh Dhillon at

Location: Scotts Valley Community Center, 360 Kings Village Dr, Scotts Valley 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
Winter Series of Celtic Music Night
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St. Andrew Church
One of Celtic Music Night's most dynamic act...
Date: Every day (Nov 24-Dec 15)

Winter Series of Celtic Music Night, continues at St Andrew Church in Aptos. Spread the word! Check it out...

St. Andrews Celtic Night 11/24

Saint Andrew Day Celebration 11/15 10am-12pm featuring David piping in the courtyard 10am-10:30, Kirking O' the Tartans service with Celtic music 10:30-11:30, and a special program by David in the fellowship hall following, from 11:30-12. Free/Open to all

St. Andrews Celtic Night 12/1 7pm, Guest: Erik Leiken Professional Highland Bagpiper

St. Andrews Celtic Night 12/8 7pm Guest: Charmas - Local Irish band

St. Andrews Celtic Night 12/15 7pm, Guest: The Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers

Location: 9850 Monroe Ave., Aptos Map
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First Saturdays Open House
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Tannery Arts Center
Join us in art activities for all ages
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: All ages

First Saturdays Open House


Open studios, demonstrations, exhibitions, and fun for the whole family!

Come by experience art, shop in the studios, and have a delicious lunch at Rebecca's Cafe.


Location: 1050 River St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 621-6226 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Hawaiian Chieftain Schedules 76-Day Stay at Old Sacramento
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Tall Ships
The 103-foot, two-masted tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain returns to Old Sacramento
Date: Every day (Sep 21-Dec 5)
Admission Fees: $3 donation per person is appreciated

Hawaiian Chieftain Schedules 76-Day Stay at Old Sacramento

The 103-foot, two-masted tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain returns to Old Sacramento September 21 for a 76-day stay. The ship makes an annual fall visit to California's capital city, offering public tours and educational excursions for students in public and private schools, as well as home-school groups. The ship is scheduled to arrive the afternoon of September 21 and tie up at the floating dock at Front Street and "L" Street, just above the Tower Bridge. Hawaiian Chieftain departs Sacramento on December 5.


The steel-hulled, U.S. Coast Guard-inspected vessel has been hosting educational programs in Sacramento since 2005. Friendly and knowledgeable deckhand/educators engage students at three learning stations: "Life of a Sailor" on the bow, "Life of an Officer" on the aft deck, and "Early Trade" below deck. Slots for school groups, service organizations, and seniors groups are currently available on Saturdays. For information on booking, call 800-200-5239, or visit the Education Programs and Charters pages.


The ship will also open to the public for walk-on tours Tuesday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A $3 donation per person is appreciated. No reservations are required. The ship will be closed to visitors Sundays and on Thanksgiving Day.

Location: L St & Front St, Sacramento Map
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Parent's Date Night!
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Kaiwa Art & Play Space
Parent's Date Night!
Date: Every Fri and Sa from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: 3-12 Admission Fees: $15/hr
Special Instructions: Pre-registration required

Parents - treat yourselves to a night out on the town for dinner and a movie while the kids play and create art! Walk from Kaiwa's downtown location to your favorite restaurant and entertainment venue. Under the guidance and care of the teacher, children will have toys, musical instruments, books, and art supplies to create a magical night for themselves!

Location: Kaiwa Art & Play Space, 185 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 316-0918 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Santa Claus at Marini's
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Date: Every day (Dec 5-Dec 23) from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Santa Claus at Marini's Candies Downtown
Come visit the jolly man himself during the holiday season. Take a photo for your scrapbook! Santa will be for your visit during the following hours:

1:00pm - 5:00pm on the following days:

Saturday, December 5th

Sunday,December 6th

Saturday, December 12th

Sunday, December 13th

Saturday, December 19th

Sunday, December 20th

Monday, December 21st

Tuesday, December 22nd

Wednesday, December 23rd 

Location: 1308 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.423.3299 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Chantey Sing at Hyde Street Pier
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San Francisco Maritime Historical Museum
Join a public sing-along of sea chanteys and sailor songs aboard a historic ship at San Francisco Maritime National Historical P
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 8:00pm to 12:00am
Admission Fees: free

Chantey Sing at Hyde Street Pier


(AAA July 2015) SeaChantey.jpg Reservations required, call 415-561-7171, or email.


Chantey Singing in San Francisco

For over thirty years sea music enthusiasts have gathered on the historic ships C. A. Thayer and Balclutha to sing chanteys and other sea songs. This free event, which takes place the first Saturday of every month, has garnered a loyal following, drawing 80 to 200 people monthly.

Listen to a four minute audio file about sea chanteys. (MP3, 04:17, 3.9MB)

During the golden age of chanteying, 1840-1860, the work songs of sailors were used aboard ship to help coordinate shipboard jobs. Jobs such as hauling on lines to raise sails, turning the capstan (an iron winch) to weigh (raise) anchor and manning the ship's pumps required sailors to work together in rhythm.


Influenced by Irish, Scottish, English, French, African American and West Indian traditions, chanteys also served to lift spirits during this often monotonous and back-breaking work. The songs were sung by call and response: a chanteyman sang verses and the crew responded with the chorus between each verse. The work was performed while singing the choruses. The chanteyman's verses gave the crew a few seconds to rest.


There are chanteys that tell of San Francisco and its dangerous "Barbary Coast," one of the most infamous of all port cities. California history comes alive in chanteys warning sailors to steer clear of notorious San Francisco crimps Shanghai Brown and Larry Marr, who ran saloons and kidnapped many men to crew ships.


California-based chanteys describe life aboard "hell ships," the dangers of rounding Cape Horn, cruel ship officers, the joys and curse of drink and hopes for riches during the gold rush.

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Location: at the corner of Hyde Street, 499 Jefferson St, San Francisco Map
Phone: 415-447-5000 •website San Franciscocreate a direct event link
Celebrate Heritage Day in Saratoga
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Saratoga Historical Foundation Museum
Saratoga and the 1915 Pan Pacific Exposition-100 Year Centennial
Date: Every day
Ages: All

A new exhibit-Saratoga and the 1915 Pan Pacific Exposition-100 Year Centennial opens February 13 at the Saratoga History Museum.


The Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) was a world's fair held in San Francisco, in the United States, between February 20 and December 4 in 1915. The purpose was to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal but the reality was to demonstrate that San Francisco had recovered from the 1906 earthquake.


The fair was constructed on a 635 site in San Francisco. It featured 11 Exhibit Palaces with over 40 countries and all the states participating. Among the exhibits at the Exposition was the C. P. Huntington, the first steam locomotive purchased by Southern Pacific Railroad; A telephone line was also established to New York so people across the continent could hear the Pacific Ocean. The Liberty Bell traveled by train on a nationwide tour from Pennsylvania to attend the exposition. Henry Ford had cars assembled every 10 minutes for 3 hours each day.


The exhibit will cover the PPIE exhibit and include information on Saratogans participating. The exhibit will run from February -June 26. Fair artifacts and ephemera will be on display.



Location & Nearby Info Saratoga Historical Foundation Museum
20450 Saratoga Los Gatos Rd.
Saratoga, CA 95070


Location: 20450 Saratoga Los Gatos Rd. , Saratoga Map
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Cleanup Cowells Project
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Save Our Shores
Help clean up Cowells Beach
Date: Every 2 weeks on Sa from 9:00am to 11:00am

We are so excited to be teaming up with Haley Mander for the Cleanup Cowells Project. This cleanup program is in it's second successful year!  These cleanups would not be possible without donations from the Dream Inn.


Make sure you bring a filled reusable water bottle, sunglasses and a hat as well. We want to make sure everyone is staying hydrated! Any participants under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult.


Cleanups happen RAIN OR SHINE! It is especially important to clean the beaches in the rainy weather, as all that trash is quickly getting washed into the Sanctuary!


Cleanups will run every other Sunday from 9-11am. Follow this successful program on Instagram (cleanupcowells)!

If you have any questions please contact


Thank you for keeping our beaches clean and beautiful!


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Cell Phone Tours Monterey Historic Park
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State Park Monterey Historic
Take a cell phone tour of historic buildings
Date: Every day

Cell Phone Tours

Visitors to Monterey State Historic Park may take a cell phone tour of historic buildings by dialing (831) 998-9458, followed by a Stop Number when prompted. Stop Numbers correspond to various Monterey State Historic Park adobes in the downtown area. Listeners recieve a two-minute narration for each building. There is no charge for the cell phone tours, but callers will use cell minutes, according to their individual plan. Callers may also use land based phones and will be charged based on normal land based rates.
Click here for downlodable Cell Phone Guide and Map.

Stop Number/Building
Call (831) 998-9458
After prompt, enter Stop Number:

401 Custom House
402 Pacific House
403 First Brick House
404 Old Whaling Station
405 California's First Theater
406 Casa Soberanes
407 Larkin House
408 Cooper-Molera Adobe
409 Robert Louis Stevenson House
410 Casa de Oro (J. Boston Store)


Location: Alvarado St and Franklin St, Monterey Map
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