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California Rodeo Salinas
2018 California Rodeo... Cowgirl and Cowboy Up!
Every day (Jul 18-Jul 21)
Location: Salinas Sports Complex, 1034 Main Street , Salinas Map

(Special Event Images / Graphics) CaliforniaRodeoPoster2014.jpgKnown for its week-long cavalcade of events, California Rodeo "Big Week" is the largest community event held in Salinas. Parades, barbecues, cowboy poetry, fireworks, concerts, a carnival, and much more.


Big Week offers something for every member of the family, and a chance for the entire community to participate in the California Rodeo.


The Rodeo itself is designed to operate like a two-ring circus, each Rodeo performance features events that occur in the arena and on the track simultaneously. While the classic event of saddle bronc riding bucks out in the arena, a horse race speeds by on the track.


Each year, the Salinas Rodeo ranks in the top 20 of nearly 800 North American rodeos sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. For four action-packed days, more the 50,000 spectators pass through our gates to see the country's top professional rodeo athletes compete.


Saddle Bronc Riding ~ Bareback Riding ~ Bull Riding ~ Tie-Down Roping ~ Steer Wrestling ~ Team Roping ~ Barrel Racing ~ Bull Fighting


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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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Tannery Arts Center
The Market features live music, artist demonstrations and guest chefs with rotating menus. In addition, the Artbar and Café will
Date: Every Th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Special Instructions: at the intersections of Highways 1 and 9

The Tannery Arts Center, Santa Cruz County's first-in-the-nation arts community that provides a sustainable, accessible and vibrant home for the arts in Santa Cruz County, announced today its year-round Thursday Art Market has new hours for spring and will feature Open Studios Art Tour artists each week.


Thursday Art Market, held rain or shine in at the Tannery, will be 4-7 p.m. weekly. The Market features live music, artist demonstrations and guest chefs with rotating menus. In addition, the Artbar and Café will serve a full menu of food and drinks.


As part of the Thursday Art Market, seven Working Studios located in two historic Tannery buildings covering 25,000 square feet, will also be open for tours. The Working Studios serve as the headquarters to professional artists, educators and businesses. Studios open for Thursday Art Market will include:

  • Apricity Gallery (Sarah Bianco)
  • Camp Tannery Arts (Linda Cover)
  • Jewelry Toolery (Angela Gleason)
  • Printmakers at the Tannery, also know as PATT (Jane Gregorius, Hedwig Heerschop, Frank Trueba and more)
  • Radius Gallery (Ann Hazels)
  • Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center (Cat Willis)
  • Cosmo Chic Designs (Sonia Le)

About Tannery Arts Center

The Tannery Arts Center is a first-in-the-nation arts community that provides a sustainable, accessible and vibrant home for the arts in Santa Cruz County, offering visitors a dynamic cultural destination. The Tannery is home to Arts Council Santa Cruz County, Jewel Theatre Company and the Colligan Theater, Radius Gallery, the Tannery Lofts, the Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center and Tannery Working Studios, which provides 27 separate studio spaces for professional artists to create, display and sell their art. The Tannery Arts Center is located at 1050 River St. in Santa Cruz. Learn more at or

Location: 1050 River Street, Santa Cruz 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

(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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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
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Half Moon Music in the Park
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State Park Francis Beach
Bring a picnic blanket, beach chairs, snacks and your dancing shoes
Date: The 2nd Th of every month (Jul 14-Oct 13) at 6:00pm

(A July) FrancisBeach-HMBay.jpgHalf Moon Music in the Park 6pm. Bring a picnic blanket, beach chairs, snacks and your dancing shoes and join California State Parks in welcoming Francis Beach's monthly outdoor concert series.


Every second Thursday of the month Half Moon Bay State Beach will be featuring a local musician on the visitor center deck. This free event will run from July through October.


Parking is $10; biking and walking are encouraged. Half Moon Bay State Beach, 95 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay. (650) 726-8804


Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association, California State Parks Docents, and California State Parks.

All events are free, a $10 parking fee is enforced at certain state parks. For more information regarding events and activities, please call (650) 726-8804 or email

Location: 95 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay Map
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Free CERT Training
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Santa Cruz County CERT
The Basic CERT Training Class prepares you to handle disaster situations, at home and in your community. You will learn what to
Date: Every Th (Aug 18-Sep 22)

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)

Next classes start October 11th.  Location TBD.  Visit the Santa Cruz County CERT website where signing up for upcoming classes is free and easy.


Disasters can occur at any time.  Friends, neighbors, and families can be adversely affected by the results. The Santa Cruz City CERT team will prepare you to help assist your community during these trying times.  If there is a disaster, professional responders (fire, police) may not be immediately available to help.


CERT trains people in basic emergency response skills, such as fire safety, light building search and rescue, team organization, and disaster emergency medical operations. Using this training, CERT members can assist emergency responders and others in their neighborhood, workplace and community.


Currently scheduled classes:

  • Boulder Creek - Thursday evenings, Aug 18 to Sep 22 (Outline | Register)
  • Santa Cruz - Tuesday evenings, Oct 11 to Nov 15  (Register)

Location: Boulder Creek Fire Dept, 13230 Highway 9, Boulder Creek 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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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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Passionate Readers Book Discussion Group
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: The 2nd Th of every month from 10:30am to 11:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Read and Discuss with Us

La Selva Book Club

La Selva Beach Branch


We all love a good book - almost as much as we love talking about a good book. The La Selva Beach Adult Book Club invites you to join the literary conversation, tomorrow! Feel free to gush or critique to your heart's content with others who are all on the same page as you - at the end! The Book Club meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10:30 am. For more information and to get the discussion started, please call 831-427-7710.

Location: 316 Estrella Avenue, Aptos Map
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Salvador Dali Museum
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Dali17 Museum
The exhibition will be the largest collection of Dali’s art on the West Coast and will feature over 300 originals.
Date: Every day

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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
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Animal Art Classes
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Watershed Art
Animal Art Classes at the Tannery Arts Center
Date: Every Tues and Th from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Ages: 6-13 Admission Fees: $10

Tuesday/Thursday - Animal Art - Drop-In and Ongoing. We draw all kinds of creatures in their wonderful habitats from our watershed. This session we will be working on larger format work, exploring more media and techniques.
Watershed Art Studio #116

for children ages 6-13 yrs.

Location: Watershed Art Studio #116, The Tannery, Santa Cruz Map
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Tales to Tails at Garfield Park Library
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Library Garfield
Date: Every Th from 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Tales to Tails - Garfield Park (4:00 PM-5:30 PM)

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 or 831.427.7717 to reserve a spot.

View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Early Literacy, Tales to Tails



Location: 705 Woodrow Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Scotts Valley Toddler Time
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Library Scotts Valley
Date: Every Th from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-6 year olds Admission Fees: Free

Scotts Valley Toddler Time (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)

A 60 minute program for children, 0-3 years and their parents or caregivers. Join us for music, stories & play!

View similar upcoming events: Storytimes/Laptimes, Programs for Kids, Early Literacy


Location: 230-D Mount Hermon Road Kings Village Shopping Center, Scotts Valley Map
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Boulder Creek Family Crafts
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Library Boulder Creek
Date: Every Th from 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Boulder Creek Family Crafts (3:00 PM-4:00 PM)

Join us at the Boulder Creek Library on Thursday afternoons for our Family Crafts program! Our projects are often messy so please dress accordingly. Let's get creative together!
View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Programs for Families, Programs for Teens, Arts & Crafts


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