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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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NBC Kids' Connection- Lorraine Pursell, M.A.
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Preparing Your Teens- NBC with Lorraine Pursell, M.A.
Date: Every day
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: www.LorrainePursell.com -Events Tab

What do you MOST need to do to prepare your teen for their life ahead? Lorraine's straight talk gives you the most important elements for helping your teen be able to talk with you. Get answers to your TOUGHEST parenting Qs! Lorraine Pursell, M.A. comes to you through NBC TV with down-to-earth and frank discussions.

 

Parents can scroll down and view past shows on important parent topics.


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Swim Lessons in New Private Pool
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Seahorse Swim School
Swim lessons in Tiffany Harmon's Seahorse private pool
Date: Every day
Ages: 6 months and Up Admission Fees: free

(A Feb 2016) Seahorse_newpool.jpgMy LIFELONG DREAM has come TRUE! Private lessons, private setting, allowing clients to take in the atmosphere while their children learn to swim in a warm pool with full individualized attention.

 

"My goal is to empower children to be confident in swimming and in life. I do that by showing them that I believe in them and by showing them that they can conquer their fears." Tiffany Harmon

 

Register ONLINE in advance of the session or call our office to get your private lessons scheduled.

 


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Chess Instruction - Central
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Library Central
Date: Every Sa from 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

 

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Guided Redwood Grove Walks
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure - ask any questions you may have
Date: Every Su and Sa at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10
Special Instructions: Saturdays at 11 am & 2 pm

Guided Redwood Grove Walks

Saturdays at 11 am & 2 pm

How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Answer these questions and more every Saturday and Sunday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable docents will lead you through our magnificent old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the Visitors Center in the Day Use area of Henry Cowell off of HWY 9, at 101 N. Big Trees Park Road in Felton.

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
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Kaiwa Open Studio and Play Time!
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Kaiwa Art & Play Space
Date: Every Fri and Sa from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: 3-12 Admission Fees: $15/hr
Special Instructions: Pre-registration required

Kaiwa Open Studio and Play Time! Fridays and Saturdays. 3-6pm. Come create and play at Kaiwa's magical art studio, play space, and gallery! For $10 per child, you have unlimited access to all of Kaiwa's quality materials and 1-on-1 interaction with certified art teacher Keara Connor, MAEd. What are you inspired to create today? Kaiwa Art and Play Space, 185 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz. 316-0918 www.kaiwaspace.org

 


Location: 185 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Raising and Educating a Learning Different Child: Parent Support
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Educational Therapy,
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 10:00am to 11:30am
Admission Fees: $20 per meeting

Raising and Educating a Learning Different Child: Parent Support Group 10-11:30am. First Sat of each month. $20 per meeting. Welcome to our group! Come share experiences, information and resources to help each other out in raising our learning different children (Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, etc). Connect with others in your community, and get some emotional and practical support. Talk, listen, and let off a little steam!

 

Nicolette Harris MS Ed Psych, CET, Educational Therapy, Old Sash Mill near Downtown Santa Cruz. To reserve a spot 212-1150

 


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Story Skills, Like Pixar
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Khan Academy
The story experts at Pixar will help you learn how to compellingly organize and structure your own stories.
Date: Every day
Admission Fees: Free

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Every great story has a strong foundation-the story structure. Structure helps storytellers answer the critical question: what do I want my audience to know and when?

 

In our newest lesson from Pixar in a Box, the story experts at Pixar will help you learn how to compellingly organize and structure your own stories.

Check out the new lesson

We hope you enjoy the new lesson!

Happy storytelling,
The Khan Academy team

 


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Kids' Connection with Lorraine Pursell
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Lorraine Pursell, M.A.
The 3 Greatest Gifts You Can Give Your Child
Date: Every Su, Mon, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa
Ages: All Admission Fees: none

Our kids and our partners want these 3 things:
1- The Gift of our time
2- The Gift of responsibility
3- The Gift of letting go

If you incorporate these 3 into your relationships, you can open up new avenues of love between you- and you won't burn yourself out and get resentful!

Lorraine Pursell, M.A. is an International Bestselling Author, Family Harmony Expert and Life-Empowerment coach. She's been serving women and their families since 1995. To stay connected go to http:www.LorrainePursell.com or get your free e-Books at http:www.StopYellingAtYourKids.com and http:www.3KeysToSelfLove.com.


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Summer Reading - Bookshop Santa Cruz
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Bookshop Santa Cruz
Date: Every day (May 21-Sep 5)

Special Instructions: June 1st through September 5th

 

Our popular summer reading program for young readers (going into grades K-12) will run June 1st through September 5th this year. We're challenging kids to read 6 books--at least 3 from our recommended reading list (see below) and up to 3 of their choice. Complete the challenge and not only will you have read some terrific books, but you'll earn excellent rewards: A $5 Bookshop gift card, a free scoop from the Penny Ice Creamery, a free slice from Pizza My Heart, and a special prize from the Santa Cruz Warriors!

 

How to get started: Come to Bookshop Santa Cruz to pick up a summer reading bookmark for your age level or download one of the pdfs listed below. You are going to want to hang onto this because it's also your reading tracking form that you're going to use all summer and turn back into us before school starts. Pick out your first book and start reading!  All summer reading books are on display at Bookshop Santa Cruz.

 

Download the bookmark for:
Grades K-2 · Grades 3-4 · Grades 5-6 · Grades 7-8

What you get to read: We have put together a great list of 6 - 8 recommended paperbacks per age group. To complete the challenge, you get to choose at least three of these recommended books and up to three books of your own choosing--for a total of 6 great books--to read over the summer. Click on the links below to see our complete list of summer reading picks for your age group.

 


GRADES K-2


GRADES 3-4 


GRADES 5-6 


GRADES 7-8

 

If you liked the book you read, let us know by writing a short review (50 words or less) about why you liked it. For each review, your name will be entered into a raffle to win a $50 gift card to Bookshop Santa Cruz! Reviews will be posted in the Bookshop for everyone to read.

 

How to complete the challenge: Just bring back your filled out bookmark, making sure to note your name, age, and school before turning it in, by September 5th. Then you will get to collect your rewards and proudly post your name on our Summer Reading wall.

 

Extra bonus: The school that has the most students participate will also get a gift certificate to buy new books for their school library!

 


Location: Pacific Av, Santa Cruz Map
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Script and Scribble: The Art and History of Handwriting
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New Museum
Date: Every day (May 19-Oct 16)


Script and Scribble: The Art and History of Handwriting will examine the value of practicing traditional handwriting in a world that is increasingly concerned with abbreviated communication, and what the possible extinction of penmanship might mean. This exhibit will weave together the history of writing implements and scripts, the golden age of American penmanship, the growth in popularity of graphology and handwriting analysis.

 

This exhibition will include lectures, programs and interactive components that allow visitors to explore characteristics of their own handwriting, learn cursive and the art of lettering, as well as handwriting analysis.

 

 

Museum Hours
Wednesday 1pm-5pm
Thursday 11am-8pm
Friday 11am-5pm
Saturday 11am-5pm
Sunday 11am-5pm

 

General Admission is $9
FREE for members and visitors under 18 years of age
Seniors, military and students are $6 with valid ID
Members also receive free admission to select Programs and Events. See what is coming up and consider joining us.


Location: 106 E. Main Street, Los Gatos Map
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Chicken Fun
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Glaum Egg Ranch
Buy eggs and get a bonus, an animated chicken show
Date: Every Mon, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa from 6:00am to 8:00pm


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Marvin's most talked about invention is the Egg Vending Machine. Customers can come up to the ranch, insert money and receive a flat of eggs. As the years progressed, so did the vending machine - today, when you insert the money you get to enjoy an animated chicken show as well.

 

The costumes on the chicken show are designed, created and changed seasonally by Sherrie. Every season/holiday is a different scene - the customers love to come and see what's new each time.

 

Glaum Egg Ranch Machine Hours

Vendor open "Only" when main bottom gate is open on Monday thru Saturday 6:00 am to 8:00 pm. Closed on Sunday. $4. Bring 4 Crisp One Dollar Bills

 

100% Cage Free & Organic California Family Farm Eggs

 

Ranch Store Hours

Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm
Saturday, 8:00 am-10:30 am
Closed on Sunday


Location: 3100 Valencia Rd, Aptos Map
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Go Fishing Locally
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Loch Lomond Lake
Visit Loch Lomond Lake and go fishing or hike or picnic!
Date: Every day (Mar 1-Sep 30) from 6:00am to 8:00pm


After much anticipation, DFW came by on Friday and stocked the Loch with 2,000 lbs of trout (approximately 2,000 fish). This is the first time we've been stocked since the Loch was closed for the drought. Now is a great time to visit, as visitation is low early in the week and the fish are biting!

 

Loch Lomond Lake is nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the heart of Lompico and comprises an 87-acre lake stocked with Trout, Bluegills and Largemouth Bass. Twelve miles of trails wind their way across the woods and along two miles of lakeshore. One spectacular five mile loop goes along the lake to Deer Flat and to Highland Trail and up to the ridge where the view is worth every step. Fishing is always an option; just bring your pole. This 180 acres of recreation area offers picnic tables, a children's playground, nature center, interpretive walks with rangers and a lake side store where you can rent an electric or row boat, as well as pick up bait, tackle, fishing licenses, hot and cold drinks, and snacks.


Hours

March: 6 AM - 6:00 PM
April: 6 AM - 7:30 PM
May: 6 AM - 8:00 PM
June: 6 AM - 8:30 PM
July: 6 AM - 8:30 PM
August: 6 AM - 8:00 PM
September: 6 AM - 8:00 PM


Location: 100 Loch Lomond Way , Lompico Map
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On the Spot Docent
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
(Summer Only) Volunteers with our summer On the Spot program will work in teams of 2-3 docents at pop-up spotting interactiv
Date: Every day (May 1-Jun 15)
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: FREE with Museum Admission (18 and under FREE)

Volunteer Opportunities:

On the Spot Docent (Summer Only) 

Volunteers with our summer On the Spot program will work in teams of 2-3 docents at pop-up spotting interactive exhibits overlooking Seabright Beach and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. These teams will engage beach-goers in conversation about the natural history of the local coastline. Prospective docents should have a basic knowledge of and eagerness to learn more about marine mammals, seabirds, coastal geology, and the human visitors to Seabright Beach.  Applicants must have experience with public speaking and enjoy interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. Spanish speakers are encouraged to apply.

 

Interests & Skills: Marine science, informal interpretation, talking to new people


Availability: Saturday afternoons (June - August) This program takes place on Saturdays from 1:30 - 4:30 PM from June 4th through September 3rd.


Minimum Commitment:  7 total Saturdays (3 hours per Saturday for a minimum of 21 total hours)

Minimum of 5 hours of initial training (including workshops, lectures, viewing recommended films, visiting aquariums, and other activities as specified by the Volunteer and Education Managers)


Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural His, 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Unalayee Summer Camps
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Camp Unalayee
Date: Every day (Apr 1-Sep 1)


2016 Sessions:

10-Day Introductory Program: June 26th - July 5th

1st Session: June 26th - July 10th

2nd Session: July 13th - 27th

3rd Session: July 30th - August 13th

Family Days: August 15th - 19th

CampU Weekend: August 19th - 21st

 

10 - Days: $1600

15 - Days: $2050

Family Days: Adult $460, 4 to 14 $220 Weekend: Adult $230, 4 to 14 $110

Transportation from Bay Area included

Camperships are available for low and mid-income families.

 

Sarah L Camp

Director

Camp Unalayee 

(650) 308 - 4453

friends@gocampu.com


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Mitchell vs. Steinbeck
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New Museum
Date: Every day (May 12-Oct 16)


Ruth Comfort Mitchell and John Steinbeck shared a magnificent view of the Santa Clara Valley from their mountain homes six miles apart...Similarities in perspective end there" 

                        -Susan Shillinglaw, National Steinbeck Center

 

Through research, documents, photos, ephemera and interviews Mitchell vs. Steinbeck will look at the historical events that inspired John Steinbeck to write The Grapes of Wrath, and the controversy, and literary duel with a neighboring Los Gatos novelist, Ruth Comfort Mitchell, through her book Of Human Kindness.

 

In 1936, John and Carol Steinbeck moved from Pacific Grove to a house on Greenwood Lane in Los Gatos. It was here that the prolific writer wrote one of the most influential novels in American history, The Grapes of Wrath. Despite its success, the novel would prove to be so controversial it was banned and burned in cities across the country. In response, other authors attempted to tell the other side of dust bowl migrant story from the rancher's perspective. 

 

One such author, Ruth Comfort Mitchell lived only six miles from the Steinbeck's home in Los Gatos. Mitchell, who was married to Senator Sanborn Young and publicly spoke on behalf of conservative causes, rebutted The Grapes of Wrath with her own novel: Of Human Kindness. 

 

Through research, documents, photos, ephemera and interviews Mitchell vs. Steinbeck will look at the historical events that inspired Steinbeck to write The Grapes of Wrath, the controversy, legacy, and literary duel with a neighboring novelist in the town of Los Gatos.

 

Museum Hours
Wednesday 1pm-5pm
Thursday 11am-8pm
Friday 11am-5pm
Saturday 11am-5pm
Sunday 11am-5pm

 

General Admission is $9
FREE for members and visitors under 18 years of age
Seniors, military and students are $6 with valid ID
Members also receive free admission to select Programs and Events. See what is coming up and consider joining us.


Location: 106 E. Main Street, Los Gatos Map
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Volunteers Wanted Monterey Birding Festival
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Monterey Bay Birding Festival
Call for Volunteers
Date: Every day (Apr 28-Oct 2)


Save this date_ September 23-24-25. Twelfth Annual Monterey Bay Birding FestivalThe 2016 Monterey Bay Birding Festival, taking place September 23 - 25, 2016, will offer exciting new field trips, workshops, speakers, youth, and community events. The Festival's energetic Planning Committee has already hit the ground running to make this the best festival yet!

 

Many dedicated volunteers and docents help with the festival each year. Once again, they need your help with a diverse set of volunteer opportunities. In particular, they have three important coordinator positions that need a leader to participate in the advance festival planning, including Vendor Coordinator, Facilities Coordinator, and Co-Festival Director.

 

Detailed information for each of these positions is available so if you are interested in one of these or any other position, please send an email to montereybaybirdingfestival@gmail.com. It might seem daunting, but don't worry because you'll be working with a seasoned group of festival coordinators who will help make your area of responsibility a success. For more information about the Monterey Bay Birding Festival please visit the website at http://montereybaybirding.org/. Thank you!

 


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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
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Become a Watsonville Wetlands Docent
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Watsonville Wetlands
Join us for docent training in January
Date: Every Wed and Sa from 9:00am to 1:00pm


Our 2016 Docent Training Program begins in late January. Docent training is a fun and interesting way to learn about the natural and cultural history of the wetlands from experts, and to receive training for becoming a field trip facilitator. These interactive sessions include Wednesday evening presentations and Saturday morning field trips, visiting sites not normally seen by the public. Join our dedicated team of trained docent volunteers, who help with field trips, lead tours, participate in special events, work in the greenhouse and native plant demonstration garden, conduct water monitoring, and much, much more.

For more information, contact Kathy Fieberling at kathy@watsonvillewetlandswatch.org, 831-345-1226 or click here.

 


Location: 235 Ohlone Parkway, Watsonville Map
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Goal-Setting for Sanity: Easing the transition to adulthood
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Suki Wessling
Get help setting up a goal-setting system with teens/pre-teens
Date: Every Sa (Jul 1-Sep 5) at 9:30am


(0 May 2017) Suki_BookGoalSettingGuideforTeens2.jpgGoal-Setting for Sanity: Easing the transition to adulthood 7pm. In this free parent workshop, writer and teacher Suki Wessling will lead parents through the preparatory steps of setting up a goal-setting system with their teens/pre-teens. Why goal-setting? We all know that raising teens can be stressful.

 

Academically, emotionally, and socially they are in a time of huge transition and growth. Parent/teen interactions can become minefields where teens inevitably feel that they are misunderstood, and parents find themselves pushing buttons they didn't know were there. Helping teens learn about goal-setting offers new vocabulary and strategies for avoiding or resolving these conflicts. In this workshop, we will identify problems in our households, talk about the basics of goal-setting, and explore how this approach can help improve parent/teen relationships during the time of transition. This workshop will be geared to both homeschooling and schooling families.

 

Held at The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Drive #15, Aptos. Registration: Please register for this free workshop by using this linkhttp://bit.ly/2p42SRB or email  suki@sukiwessling.com for more information.


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SEUSS-ISH - A Day of Dance at McGrew's Zoo with Thing 1, Thing 2
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International Academy of Dance
Celebrate outside with the whole family and enjoy the wonders of dance, rhyme, sunshine and JOY!
Date: 06/04/2016 from 11:30am to 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $8-15

Who: International Academy of Dance Performs

What: SEUSS-ISH - A Day of Dance at McGrew's Zoo with Thing 1, Thing 2 & Cindy Lou Who. An original dance production and tribute to Dr. Seuss with dancers of all ages, in many styles ranging from ballet to hip-hop, with contemporary, tap, modern and belly dance.

Where: Mount Hermon Meadow. 37 Conference Dr., Felton, CA 95018

When: Saturday, June 4th at 11:30 & 3:30

Tickets: $8-$15

Set against the backdrop of the glorious redwood forest and the blue sky, celebrate outside with the whole family and enjoy the wonders of dance, rhyme, sunshine and JOY!

Bring a picnic and your friends to the beautiful Mount Hermon Meadow on Saturday, June 4th. See for yourself as the redwoods transform into a magical truffula forest on the magnificent Whoville stage built for the occasion.

Join the festivities and celebrate the 50th anniversary of McGrew's Amazing Zoo with Thing 1, Thing 2 and Cindy Lou Who! This twirling, swirling dance performance spectacular is a tribute to all things Seuss.

The original story debuts with all our your favorite Seuss-y characters, featuring the dancers of the International Academy of Dance from Talls to Smalls and everything in between. A variety of dance styles are showcased ranging from ballet to hip-hop, with contemporary, tap, modern and belly dance. Something for everyone!

Find a comfy seat on the lawn of the beautiful Mount Hermon Meadow and get lost in the mesmerizing truffula forest at McGrew's Zoo.

Delightful fun and affordable tickets for all ages
Smalls: $8-$12; Talls: $10-$15


Location: Mt. Hermon Meadow, 37 Conference Dr, Felton 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 cleanup@saveourshores.org.

 

Thank you for keeping our beaches clean and beautiful!

 


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Basic Bicycle Maintenance Class
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The Spokesman
Learn how to fix your flat tire!
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00am
Ages: Free

Spokesman Bicycles Free Flat Fixing Class

 

Spokesman offers this great (and FREE) flat-fixing class. Check it out to learn how you can most efficiently change your own flat whether you're in the middle of a ride or just wanting to bust out your bike from your garage but the tires are flat.

Spokesman Bicycles, Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz, CA

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Location: Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Tales to Tails - Central
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Library Central
Date: Every Sa from 10:00am to 11:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Tales to Tails - Downtown (10:00 AM-11:30 AM)
Trained therapy dogs will be available at the Library to be attentive, non-judgmental reading partners for children reading aloud. Children have individual 20-minute time slots to sit with a dog and read.

 

Contact pro@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve a spot.


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Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Redwood Mountain Faire
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Valley Women's Club
Join us RAIN or SHINE! Music lovers, arts and crafts aficionados, people of all ages, will enjoy this remarkable festival
Date: Every day (Jun 4-Jun 5)
Ages: All Admission Fees: $5 - $45
Special Instructions: Parking: $5

Join us rain or shine! Music lovers, arts and crafts aficionados, people of all ages, will enjoy this remarkable festival, coming the weekend of June 1 & 2, 2013. The Faire promises a wide range of music styles on two stages, to appeal to all ages, with juried art and crafts, exciting children's activities, and excellent food and beverages, including local micro-brews and wines, while it benefits a wide range of nonprofit and service organizations. Presented by the Valley Women's Club of the San Lorenzo Valley.

 

Don't miss the county's most anticipated music festival of the year! We will have an incredible lineup of 22 bands, a variety of arts & crafts vendors, fun activities for the kids, and tasty local food, microbrews, and wine!

 

Get your tickets now! Sunday headliner just announced! MarchFourth! (www.marchfourthband.com/),  Saturday headliners and 20 more bands will be announced soon.

 

TICKET PRICING

Adults: $25 per day (Door $29 per day). 

Two-day Pass $45.

Students and Seniors* : $20 each (Door $24 per day). 

Two-day Pass $35.

Kids 12 and under FREE with parent or legal guardian.

Parking $5

 

Event details at eventbrite.com!

 


Location: Roaring Camp Railroads, Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Birding Walk, Elkhorn Slough
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Elkhorn Slough
Go on a guided bird hunt, begin or add to your list of sitings
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 8:30am

Special Instructions: Meet in the parking lot behind Whole Enchilada

Birding
Elkhorn Slough supports 346 diverse species of resident and migratory birds. On a recent ESF member birding walk, participants spotted more than three dozen species in a short time frame. It's no surprise that the slough is recognized as a globally important birding area. Keep track of your sightings by downloading a bird sightings list from our website.

 

Tour with professional birder Rick Fournier, one of our volunteer docents. Day use fee of $4.00 for each visitor, 16 years and older. Tour begins promptly and lasts 2-3 hours.

 

 


Location: 1700 Elkhorn Road , Watsonville Map
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Cannery Row Audio Tour!
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Cannery Row Audio Tour!
Download our audio tour and join us for a walking tour of famed Cannery Row, starting just outside the Aquarium.
Date: Every day


Cannery Row Audio Tour!

Download our audio tour and join us for a walking tour of famed Cannery Row, starting just outside the Aquarium. Our director of interpretive programs, Jim Covel, supplies fascinating insight into Cannery Row, inspiration for the famous John Steinbeck novel of the same name. The complete one-mile walking tour (all 11 segments) takes about an hour.

 

Ways to download audio:  ZIP  /    iTunes  /    Feedburner

 

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1. Aquarium Entry

2. La Ida Cafe

3. Wing Chong Building

4. Ed Ricketts Home

5. McAbee Beach

6. Fish Hopper

7. Monterey Plaza Hotel

8. Bust of Ed Ricketts

9. Del Monte Express

10.  Monterey Canning Company

11.  Cannery Worker Shacks

 


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Essential Parenting Tips with our Friendly Team of Experts
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Discovery Learning Center
Get answers to your parenting questions
Date: 06/04/2016 from 8:30am to 11:30am
Ages: adults

Essential Parenting Tips with our Friendly Team of Experts 8:30-11:30am. Welcoming Our Community of Parents to this Open and Nurturing Event. Have parenting questions? What do I do about bedtime struggles? When is a good time to start potty training? I'm not sure how long I want to co-sleep with my baby, how do I transition her to a crib? My preschooler never plays on his own? How do I get a break? And so much more...

 

Childcare provided for up to 18 children (3yrs and up, must be potty trained). Provided by qualified Discovery Preschool Staff (1 teacher for every 6 children). In addition we will have our beloved art teacher, Julie Howard providing a quality art project for attending children COST is $20 per child. RSVP at our website discoverypreschoolandfamilycenter.com

 


Location: Discovery Learning Center, 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz Map
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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.
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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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Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks
Enter to win a 'Let's Cruz' Vacation Package created just for Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks!
Date: Every day (Apr 19-Jun 30)


Enter to win a 'Let's Cruz' Vacation Package created just for Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks!
This season, we invite you to kick back in California's favorite beachside destination. Whether traveling here with the family or looking to escape seaside - Santa Cruz County offers the perfect place to rest easy. Maybe you are looking to enjoy the food and culture of the hip west side, stay near the impressive redwoods or sandy beaches or relax along one of the most scenic stretches of California's central coastline. Perhaps you are looking for a retreat rich in history and amazing views or for a place to stay just minutes away from parks and beaches.

Santa Cruz County is overflowing with more exciting opportunities to enjoy than ever and we have a special offer just for Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks. Enter to win this special staycation package that includes a two-night stay at the Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley, four Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Passes, four Roaring Camp Railroad train tickets and a four-person 2-hour lesson with Club Ed Surf School.

We're proud to be partnering with Visit Santa Cruz County to bring this special offer to Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks. You can also follow the Visit Santa Cruz Facebook page every Wednesday through June 8 to enter to win other weekly getaways. See you soon!

 

Which will you choose?

Zipline Redwood Canopy Tour with Mount Hermon Adventures
Beach Fire with Smores at Seascape Beach Resort
Kayaking on the Bay with Venture Quest Kayaking
Spa Treatment at Chaminade Resort & Spa
Gift Certificate for Picnic Basket/Penny Ice Creamery
Golf at DeLaveaga Golf Course
Sailing with California Classic Sailing Charters
Barrel Tasting and Tour at Byington Winery
Mountain Bike Adventure with Shuttle Smith
Class and Tour at Annieglass
Whale Watching with Stagnaro Whale Watching & Fishing Charters
Santa Cruz Beer Trail Passports


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The Great Courses Available!
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Libraries
You've been asking for them --- and now we're adding them --- in streaming and downloadable form -- The Great Courses!
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Great News!

You've been asking for them --- and now we're adding them --- in streaming and downloadable form! The Great Courses are those amazingly comprehensive college level audio courses that capture the deep knowledge of the world's top professors and lecturers. The Teaching Company's 25+ years of narrative design and production expertise make these audio journeys varying from 3 to 36 hours a pure learning experience. While the complete Great Courses library includes over 5000 subjects, o! ur collection is still growing. Currently you can find 48 titles in the OneClick Digital eAudio library and 50 titles on audio disc in the main catalog.

 

Take a look at our streaming and downloadable Great Courses

 

Don't have a OneClick Digital! account yet? Set one up! It's free with your library card! Then download the app to your smart phone, tablet, ipad, laptop or desktop and register with your new credentials. Start listening today!

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Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
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Monterey Zoo
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Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! It's time to hop in a different four-wheeled vehicle - your car - for a ride out to the Monterey Zoo in the Salinas Valley before you head home. You won't just meet lions and tigers and bears but also elephants, kangaroos, porcupines and many more types of animals.

 

Every mom and dad wants to create an idyllic family vacation that the whole family will happily remember. But with the daily pressures of work, school and afterschool activities, it can be hard to find the time to plan an excursion everyone will love. This family itinerary is tailor-made for perfect family-bonding moments and adventures that will live forever in family lore.


Location: 400 River Road, Salinas Map
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Brainfuse - Homework Help
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Brainfuse: Free online homework help for students of all ages.
Date: Every day


(AAA July 2015) Brainfuse_HomeworkHelpNow180.jpgFree Academic Help at All Levels.

 

Brainfuse offers live online tutoring in elementary, middle school, high school, college, and adult education.

 

Live Tutoring: Students draw or type their question in our online classroom and receive live homework assistance from a Brainfuse-certified tutor. Our tutors don't simply give answers but help students master underlying academic concepts.

 

SkillSurfer: SkillSurfer includes an extensive library of Brainfuse-created lessons, video tutorials, and practice tests in a wide range of academic subjects, and further integrates them with live tutoring.


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Saratoga and the 1915 Pan Pacific Exposition-100 Year Centennial
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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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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

 


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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

 

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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
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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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