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Great Backyard Bird Count
Be a bird counter... for just 15minutes
Every day (Feb 16-Feb 19) from 6:00pm to 7:00pm

(0 January 2018) GreatBackyardBirdCount.jpgThe 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count runs from February 16-19. It's an easy way to help the birds you see everyday!

 

With just 15 minutes of your time, you can help scientists better understand birds.

 

Learn more and sign up today: http://gbbc.birdcount.org/

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Garden Grants
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Bird Sleuth
Enter to win a grant for gardening supplies for your class
Date: Every day (Aug 29-Oct 2) from 8:00am to 9:00am


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Garden Grants

BirdSleuth School Garden Grant


School gardens provide the context for lessons across subjects and offer a wonderful opportunity to engage students in hands-on, project-based learning. Students who engage in school gardening are likely to experience academic, physical, emotional, social, and even behavioral benefits. We are seeking 10 dedicated teachers within the United States who strive to bring STEM and healthy living from the garden to the classroom. These teachers will receive a $500-$2,000 grant, gardening supplies, and BirdSleuth's Habitat Connections kit thanks to our sponsor Alaska Fertilizer. Funds may be used to support the building or revitalization of school gardens. In addition to food gardens, preference will be given to bird, pollinator, native habitat, rain, and other natural projects.

 

Application Process & Eligibility

The application is open to all K-12 schools, public and private, within the United States. Homeschool families and informal education settings such as nature centers and museums are not eligible. The online application process opens August 29, 2016 and will close October 3, 2016 at 11:59pm ET. Email birdsleuth@cornell.edu 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 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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Mole & Mariachi Festival 2016
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Friends of the Santa Cruz State Parks
Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks' Mole & Mariachi Festival is an annual local food, music, dance and arts and crafts event.
Date: 09/10/2016 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All

The fourth annual Mole & Mariachi Festival is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 at Santa Cruz Mission Adobe State Historic Park (144 School St.) in downtown Santa Cruz!

Competing chefs prepared mole, a traditional Mexican sauce, sometimes made using chocolate, for festival-goers to sample. There will be live music, dance, activities for kids, craft vendors and more.

The Mole & Mariachi Festival is a benefit for nonprofit Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks in support of Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Your support will help fund educational programs, visitor services, capital improvements and increased hours the park is open to the public.

Learn more online: http://www.thatsmypark.org/projects/santa-cruz-mission/mole-and-mariachi-festival/


Location: Santa Cruz Mission State Histori, 144 School Street, Santa Cruz Map
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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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Animal Advocates Afterschool Club
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Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
Club offers opportunities for young animal lovers
Date: Every day

Special Instructions: Starts up in October

Animal Advocates Afterschool Club

Youth Service Clubs at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter


The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter provides after-school clubs for two age groups (1st - 5th & 6th - 12th grades), encouraging and supporting the young animal lovers in our community to learn and grow as compassionate stewards. Membership is required and space in the Clubs is very limited so sign-up today!

 

If there are fewer than four registrations for any month, there will be no Club and refunds will be issued. All registrations must be completed the week before Club for that month begins. Refunds are only offered is Club is canceled.  


Kids Animal Advocates (1st - 5th graders)

What: Students learn about animals and do projects to help the Shelter pets.

When & Where: Tuesdays 4:00-6:00pm, at Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, 2200 7th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA

How Much: $60 - $80 monthly, depending on the month

Click here for further information and to register!



Youth Animal Advocates (5th - 9th graders)

What: Youth volunteers learn about animals and animal welfare, help pets during their stay at the Shelter, and earn Service Hours.

When & Where: Wednesdays 4:00 - 6:00 pm, at Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, 2200 7th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA

How Much: $60 - $80 monthly, depending on the month

Click here for further information and to register!


If you have further questions, please call 831-454-7235 or email jen.walker@santacruzcounty.us


Location: 2200 7th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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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
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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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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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Agriculture: Land & People
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Pajaro Valley Arts
Artful look at agriculture
Date: Every Su, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Aug 24-Oct 9)
Admission Fees: Free

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Pajaro Valley Arts Council proudly presents its exciting new exhibit which explores the land and water harvested for sustenance, and the people who ranch and farm the land. It focuses on the people, produce, politics, land and history of the region.

 

There are two parts to this exhibit, an all-media exhibit at PVAC and a Plein air exhibit at the Agricultural History Project at the SC Fairgrounds.

 

Opening reception respectively: May 5 2-4PM at PVAC, and Saturday May 18 4-6PM at SC Fairgrounds.

 

Open Weds - Sun,  11:00a to 4:00p


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Riverwalk Events
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Coastal Watershed Council
Join in the many family Riverwalk events
Date: Every day (Sep 1-Oct 31)
Admission Fees: free

As part of the Coastal Watershed Council's ongoing commitment to reconnecting a healthy San Lorenzo River watershed to a vibrant community and in response to a request from the City of Santa Cruz, the Coastal Watershed Council (CWC) has prepared this Riverwalk Engagement Plan outline. We'll be partnering with the City to enact this short term plan in the coming weeks with a long term plan to follow. We're measuring success of our ongoing work to re-engage the community with the Riverwalk through the Riverwalk Usage Study.

 

OBJECTIVE: Dramatically increase short term and ongoing utilization and enjoyment of the Santa Cruz Riverwalk by Santa Cruz residents, visitors and workers.

 

Immediate Activation Opportunities (through October 2016)


(A A Sep 16) Riverwalk1Crowd.jpgRiverwalk activation with family-friendly fun:

  • Voices of the River Poetry (9/24)Riverwalk Usage Study observation on Thurs., Sat., & Sun. each month
  • Continued Paws in the Park dog walks along Riverwalk
  • Bike to Work/School Day along the Riverwalk (10/6)
  • Santa Cruz Dads Group Reunion Riverwalk Bike Rides (starting 9/10)
  • Seniors Walking Group (WAG) from Louden Nelson (10/6)
  • Halloween activities at the Riverwalk (10/31)
  • Neighbors Night Out Riverwalk promotion in adjacent neighborhoods (9/25)

(A A Sep 16) RiverwalkKids.jpgHabitat enhancement and environmental education events:

  • River Health Days - invasive species removal (9/9, 9/30 and 10/8)
  • Adopt A Parklet maintenance day with Santa Cruz Rotary Club (9/30)
  • Make a Difference Day (10/21and 10/22)
  • Flyfishing casting clinics (End of October)
  • Citizen science water quality monitoring events at San Lorenzo River (10/11)
  • Nature tours from local fish, history, geology, ecology experts and more

And more:

  • Initiate path striping on the Riverwalk with Public Works and other organizations
  • Work with Parks & Recreation for natural and historical interpretive signage
  • Return of the Leveelies community cleanups, with increased CWC volunteer support
  • Working with other river partners for immediate and ongoing opportunities
  • Weekly media campaign (social media, op eds, letters, events/press releases)

Stay tuned for a long-term plan of ongoing activation opportunities. 

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Riverwalk Bird Tour
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Coastal Watershed Council
An interactive bird walk along the San Lorenzo River
Date: Every day (Sep 1-Oct 31)
Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: Begin at River Walk across from Trader Joe's

Join CWC and Jane Mio, Acting Conservancy Officer of the Santa Cruz Bird Club, in an interactive bird walk along the San Lorenzo River on October 28th from 8:30 to 10:30. Bring a pair of binoculars, or borrow a pair from us, and behold the diverse bird population of the river and estuary ecosystems. Spot native and migrating birds and win prizes! The walk will begin at the Riverwalk across from Trader Joe's parking lot and meander down to the Trestle Bridge.

 

Space is limited in this tour so please sign up to reserve your spot.

Bird Tour Sign Up

 

Stay tuned for a long-term plan of ongoing activation opportunities. 

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Early Morning Hike in Big Basin
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State Park Big Basin
Quiet 5 mile hike!
Date: 09/10/2016 at 8:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Early Morning Hike in Big Basin
Saturday, September 10 at 8 am
Experience Big Basin's beautiful redwood forest in the early morning hours, before the park gets crowded. Join Docents Kathy Willott and Glenn Joy on a 5-mile hike when the forest is quieter. Hikers should plan on a 5-mile hike, and bring food and water. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek 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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Support Group for Moms with Mood Disorders
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Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 3:00pm to 5:00pm


Support Group for Moms with Mood Disorders 3-5pm. 2nd Saturday of each month. Join a free, confidential support group for moms with mood disorders including bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety affiliated with the new Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA of Santa Cruz County. Make new friends in a positive atmosphere where we encourage one another and have fun! Ease Mountain Yoga & Wellness in Ben Lomond.

 

For more information email dyane@baymoon.com.

 

To join visit the Meetup link: http://www.meetup.com/Medicated-Moms-with-Mood-Disorders-Support-Group/


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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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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.

 

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Location: Museum of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey Map
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Hawk Talks
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State Parks, Golden Gate
Learn about hawks up close
Date: Every Su and Sa (Sep 3-Oct 30) from 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Special Instructions: Hawk Talks occur every Saturday and Sunday in September and October (except Oct 8 and 9).

Our Hawk Talks and Banding Demonstrations occur every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 2pm (weather permitting - heavy fog or rain cancels) during September and October. The Hawk Talk begins at noon, when a GGRO (Golden Gate Raptor Observatory) volunteer speaks about hawk migration and identification, and what we do here at the GGRO. Midway through, a banding volunteer brings up a newly banded hawk, talks about the banding program, shows everyone the hawk, and lets it go in front of the crowd. It's a great way to learn about hawks and see one up close.

 

You do not have to RSVP - just show up on the hill. Look for the big banner just west of the main Hawkwatching platform on the very top of Hawk Hill. The docent will gather everyone by announcing that the talk will begin in a few minutes. We recommend that you arrive at Hawk Hill around 11:30, watch some hawks, listen to the talk, then stay longer or not, depending on the hawks. On Fleet Week weekend or other busy, beautiful fall days, be sure to leave plenty of time in case you end up having to park farther down the hill.


http://www.parksconservancy.org/events/ggro-events/hawk-talk-banding-demonstration-1.html

 

The GGRO's mission is to inspire the preservation of California raptor populations. The GGRO was formed in the early 1980s to track the Golden Gate migration, an annual flight of tens of thousands of hawks, eagles, falcons, and vultures, birds collectively called "raptors."

 

  • The best raptor migration viewing is on fog-free days 10 am-2 pm, from Sept. through Nov.
  • Hawk Hill has its own weather. What's happening in your Bay Area neighborhood may bear no resemblance to the weather conditions on the Hill. Bring more clothes than you think you will need!
  • Some essentials to bring, depending on weather, are: hat (for shade and/or warmth), windbreaker, insulation (wool, down, synthetic), gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen, and chapstick.
  • Bring your own food and beverages. There are no food facilities in the Headlands, though the Visitor Center has some snacks and drinks for sale. Please, no alcoholic beverages.
  • Leashed dogs are allowed.
  • Don't forget binoculars and field guides!

 


Location: Marin Headlands Visitor Center, 948 Fort Barry, Sausalito Map
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Plan Your Visit to the 2016 Bay Area Idea House
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Sunset Magazine
Innovative Idea House with expansive views of the San Francisco
Date: Every Su and Sa (Aug 6-Sep 25)


Plan Your Visit to the 2016 Bay Area Idea House - Sunset

 

Nestled in Oakland's Claremont Hills, we are building an innovative Idea House with expansive views of the San Francisco! Bay! An award winning design team will make this ultra-modern home one you won't want to miss.

 

Address: 540 Gravatt Road Berkeley, CA 94705

Tours: August and September

 

(A A Sep 16) Sunsettour-tickets-burst.jpgPURCHASE TOUR TICKETS NOW!

http://www.sunset.com/home/idea-houses/berkeley-hills-idea-house!

 

The Sunset Idea House in the Bay Area

Our 2016 Idea House nestled in Oakland's Claremont Hills, is a 4,500-square-foot, 4-bedroom/4.5-bathroom home features 5 decks overlooking the San Francisco Bay. Sunset is collaborating with the Bay Area's design leaders: DFI Properties, Landmark Development Corporation, Robert Nebolon Architects and Geremia Design. The home will be published in the November issue of Sunset.

 

The Tours

FRIDAYS-SUNDAYS ONLY, 10am to 5pm
August 19 - September 25, 2016

Parking available only at 2299 Tunnel Rd, Oakland, CA 94618 with shuttle service provided to and from the Idea House.

No parking at the Idea House. House is only available via the shuttle.

Tickets are also available for purchase at the door during tour hours (credit card only). A portion of the ticket proceeds benefit the Oakland Public Education Fund.

 

Have questions about Bay Area Idea House? CONTACT SUNSET MAGAZINE


Location: 540 Gravatt Road, Berkeley Map
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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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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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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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Mole & Mariachi Festival
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Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks
Celebrate Santa Cruz County Heritage with mole and mariachi
Date: 09/10/2016 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

 

Fourth Annual Mole & Mariachi Festival

Saturday, Sept. 10 • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The Mole & Mariachi Festival is a benefit for nonprofit Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks in support of Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Proceeds from the festival fund educational programs, visitor services and restoration at the Mission.

 

The fourth annual Mole & Mariachi Festival is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 at Santa Cruz Mission Adobe State Historic Park, 144 School St. in downtown Santa Cruz. Chefs will prepare mole, a traditional Mexican sauce, sometimes made using chocolate, for festival-goers to sample.

 

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The event encouraged alternative transportation by offering free trolley rides from downtown to the festival, as well as bike valet at the Mission.

 

The 4th Annual Mole & Mariachi Festival will take over Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park on Saturday, September 10, celebrating the famous sauce and national dish of México.

Prepared with an average of twenty ingredients, from nuts and seeds to chiles and oftentimes chocolate, moles from ten local chefs including restaurants, catering companies, and home cooks, will be available for sampling at the festival.

As festival regulars and judges in this year's mole cooking competition, we have three pieces of advice: arrive early, come hungry, and save room for dessert.

 

The 4th Annual Mole & Mariachi Festival will take over Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park on Saturday, September 10, celebrating the famous sauce and national dish of México.

Prepared with an average of twenty ingredients, from nuts and seeds to chiles and oftentimes chocolate, moles from ten local chefs including restaurants, catering companies, and home cooks, will be available for sampling at the festival.

As festival regulars and judges in this year's mole cooking competition, we have three pieces of advice: arrive early, come hungry, and save room for dessert.

 

Adding to the event’s festive spirit will be live mariachi music from several regional bands, including Mariachi Alma de México and its talented youth group, Mariachi Juvenil Alma de México.

Local dance troupes Senderos and Estrellas de Esperanza will perform traditional Ballet Folklórico dances.

Don’t be shy… there’s plenty of space to kick up your heels, too. Just watch out for the mojigangas. Moji…what?!

 

Enjoy a full day of family-friendly fun with a variety of activities for the kids including traditional tissue paper crafts, bubbles, face painting, and a steady stream of piñatas every hour.

There will also be a raffle and the street Mercado will be filled with a diverse array of artisans showing and selling their work. Vendors include Artesanias Mexicanos, Creative Woman, and Alejandro’s Trade.

 


Location: Santa Cruz Mission State Histori, 144 School street, Santa Cruz Map
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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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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?

 

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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!


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 Parent's Night Out
On Saturday, January 16th, 2015 from 5:45 pm to 8:45 pm. Dinner provided and sponsored by Whole Foods Market Capitola. $30 per child-member and $35 per non-member. For ages 3-8. Child must be potty trained. Space is limited. Please call the office today to reserve your child a spot

 

 

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It will be on January 30, 5:30 pm-8 pm for ages crawling to 3 years old. $30/members. $35/non-members. Call the office for further information.

Call 464-BUGS (2847) to sign up or drop by at 3910 Portola Dr. Ste. 2 & 3 Pleasure Point-Santa Cruz.


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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.


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