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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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Volunteers Wanted Monterey Birding Festival
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Monterey Bay Birding Festival
Call for Volunteers
Date: Every day (Apr 28-Oct 2)

The 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 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 Thank you!


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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.


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
Phone: (831) 335-7424 •website Felton create a direct event link
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

(A June) GlaumChickensDancing.jpgGlaum Egg Ranch

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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In Search of Other Giants
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State Park Henry Cowell
Discover the parks other giants!
Date: Every Fri (Jul 15-Jul 29)

Special Instructions: Note different start times

In Search of Other Giants
Friday, July 15 at 4 pm
Friday, July 29 at 2 pm

Coast Redwoods are the tallest living organisms on earth, but are there other giants that live in our forest? Bring the whole family on this search for other colossal forest dwelling organisms. Meet at the Nature Center in the Day Use area of Henry Cowell located off Highway 9 in Felton. Program is free, parking is $10.




Location: 101 North Big Trees Park Road , Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
FREE Heritage Events
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Roaring Camp Railroad
Free Heritage Events all summer long! Take part in living history with activities for all ages including the old town printing
Date: Every day (Jun 6-Sep 2)

FREE Heritage Events


Free Heritage Events all summer long! Take part in living history with activities for all ages including the old town printing press, blacksmith and engine house tours, live music and panning for gold.


Free Weekday Heritage Activities

Monday: Watch Roaring Camp's Blacksmith make tools and ornamental ironwork from the coals of a real working forge. Demonstrations are free.


Tuesday: Learn about the effort that went into lighting up the darkness for past generations from our Candle Making Artisan. One free candle per guest.


Wednesday: See a real Old-Fashioned Printing Press in action and be amazed by the skill and artistry required of print makers in the past. Demonstrations are free


Thursday: I've been working on the Railroad Day. Take your turn at pumping our handcar for a ride back in time old track gang style. Later in the day meet one of our expert engineers for an informative talk about our unique geared steam locomotives. Handcar rides and presentations are free.


Friday: Roll up your sleeves and try your luck as a forty-niner at the Gold-Panning station. One, unlimited, free round of Gold-Panning per guest.

Weekend Living History

Celebrate the history of Roaring Camp with the Town Marshal or visit with costumed characters from the Santa Cruz Mountains' storied past that will be strolling the streets of the town.


On the weekends, Candle Making is $3 and Gold Panning is $1 to try your luck and $5 for guaranteed gold. You can also choose to dig in at the Chuckwagon BBQ, prices vary. Pose in our authentic period costumes at our Old West Photo Studio. Individual Portrait $30, Couples $40, Groups +$5 per additional subject.


Kids Fare


Monday - Friday, excluding special event dates July 4, July 29 & August 5

Our Steam Train takes you through the Redwoods and back, and our Beach Train takes you to Santa Cruz and back. No matter which route you choose, what people enjoy going back to the most is their own childhood. That's why, this summer, everybody rides for the Kid's Fare WEEKDAYS AFTER 2PM.

Purchase advance tickets here for the 2:15 Beach Train or the 2:00 Redwood Forest Steam Train.

It will be the most fun you've had since you were a kid!

Location: 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-4484 •website Felton create a direct event link
Day out with Thomas
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Roaring Camp Railroads
Thomas the Tank wants you to come visit!
Date: Every day (Jul 29-Aug 7)
Ages: All Admission Fees: $24

Day Out with ThomasTM

JULY 29 - 31, AUGUST 5 - 7

Join Thomas the Tank EngineTM for The Ready, Set Go Tour 2016 through the Big Trees. Your ticket includes a fun-filled day of activities: a train ride with ThomasTM, picture taking with Sir Topham Hatt,TM temporary tattoos, face painting, bounce houses, storytelling, bubble making, live entertainment, train play tables, and more! So bring the family, come early, and enjoy the day.

Purchase tickets here

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Location: 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton Map
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Salvador Dali Museum
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Dali17 Museum
The exhibition will be the largest collection of Daliís art on the West Coast and will feature over 300 originals.
Date: Every day

Special Instructions: Call for hours

Dali17 Museum is Open

(A July) Dali_TimeSlithering.jpgDali17 Museum will open to the public on Friday, July 8 at 10am!


The new museum is a permanent exhibition of original etchings, mixed media, lithographs, and rare sculptures by one of the twentieth century's most celebrated surrealist artists, Salvador Dali.


This is the first permanent Dali exhibition on the West Coast and the second largest private collection in the United States. Previously, this collection has only been exhibited in Spain and Belgium.


will feature over 300 originals. Did you know that Monterey was the only place in the United States where Dali lived and worked? The exhibition will reintroduce Dali’s local history and will be the only museum to showcase photographs from Dali’s fundraiser Surrealistic Night at Del Monte.


(A July) Dali.jpgMonterey was the only place in the United States where Dali lived and worked. While the Nazis stormed across Europe, Dali and his wife Gala fled to the U.S. and in July 1941 found refuge at the Hotel Del Monte. While living in the Monterey area, he was heavily involved with the arts. Dali exhibited vintage sourced photographs as an early member of the Carmel Art Association and every May he participated as a juror for the local high school art competition.

Location: Museum of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey Map
Phone: 831-372-2608 •website Monterey create a direct event link
Teen Public Safety Academy
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Santa Cruz Police & Fire Depts
Opportunity for teens ages 14-18 to learn more about law enforcement and the fire service i
Date: Every day (Jul 11-Aug 12) from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: $45

Sign Up Now for Teen Public Safety Academy


Santa Cruz Police and Fire Departments offer teens ages 14-18 the opportunity to learn more about law enforcement and the fire service in this summer's Teen Public Safety Academy.  The Teen Academy will provide a total public safety experience with exposure to police and fire training, tactics and job duties.


Enrollment is happening now. Limited to 20 teen recruits per session spaces fill up fast.
Session #1 July 11 - 15
Session #2 July 25 - 29
Session #3 August 8 - 12


Each action-packed session will include hands-on learning and demonstrations with Santa Cruz Police and Fire Departments.  Recruits will engage in a daily physical fitness program in addition to dynamic instruction from expert police and fire personnel. 



Sessions run from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day. The students meet at 8:00 AM each morning at the Police Department Community Room. The cost for the week long academy is $40.00.

The Teen Public Safety Academy provides teens with an understanding of the Santa Cruz Police and Fire Departments and their role within our community.  During the Academy, members of the Santa  Cruz Police Department will provide instruction to the students in various areas of law enforcement, including patrol operations,  criminal investigations, public safety dispatching, SWAT, and police K-9unit.  The teen academy recruits will also receive instruction on fire department operations and learn basic firefighting principals and emergency medical treatments.



Applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Spaces in the Teen Academy fill up quickly.  The program fee is $40 that includes T-Shirt and lunches.


CLICK HERE for an application.
For more information contact Officer Joe Hernandez at (831) 420-5952 or email him at

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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
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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LitWits hands-on experiences of children's literature
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LitWits Workshops, LLC
We bring great books to life!
Date: Every 2 weeks on Th and Fri (Aug 13-Aug 5) from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 7-12 Admission Fees: $65
Special Instructions: Upstairs (no elevator access)

Dates: See our books/workshop schedule below (each workshop is offered on your choice of Thursday OR Friday)
Times: 9a-12p for ages 7+ and 1p-4p for ages 10+

LitWits® workshops are hands-on, memorable experiences of literature. We explore the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures of great books through prop-based discussion and straight-from-the-story activities.

"LitWits is motivating, educational, and inspirational . . . Your workshops have shown [my son] that exploring the world of literature and writing can be fun. I can't thank you enough."

When kids experience literature with their senses, they empathize with the characters. They learn naturally, and remember more. Best of all, they have a great time -- and want to read more great books! And kids who read more great books learn more great things.

Our "straight-from-the-pages" props, activities and creative projects are carefully planned to naturally convey key academic information such as:

There's no pressure to perform or participate - we want to inspire your kids to read great books. See our Teacher Support page (or Facebook albums) to see what we've done so far and read more about our experiential methods at

LitWits Workshops is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove Charter School.



8/13 - 14 Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (1883)
8/27 - 28 The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong (1954)
9/10 - 11 Heidi by Johanna Spyri (1880)
9/24 - 25 Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (1943)
10/8 - 9 A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (1963)
10/22 - 23 The House of 60 Fathers by Meindert DeJong (1956)
11/5 - 6 The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit (1906)
11/19 - 20 The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly (1928)
12/17 - 18 Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (1868)

1/21 - 22 The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (1958)
2/4 - 5 Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (1976)
2/18 - 19 The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck (1948)
3/3 - 4 Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray (1943)
3/17 - 18 Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery (1908)
3/31 - 4/1 The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (1961)
4/14 - 15 Follow My Leader by James B. Garfield (1957)
4/28 - 29 The Good Master by Kate Seredy (1935)
5/12 - 13 Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell (1960)
5/26 - 27 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (1964)
6/9 - 10 The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (1937)
6/23 - 24 Stuart Little by E.B. White (1945)
7/7 - 8 A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1905)
7/21 - 22 Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (1877)
8/4 - 5 Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (1876)

Location: Campus of Vintage Faith Church, 350 Mission Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 247-0593 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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