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Money Matters Financial Literacy Series
Sunnyside Up How to Crack Your Retirement Nest Egg
The 3rd Sa of every month (Sep 16-May 19) from 10:00am to 11:00am
Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map

Money Matters Financial Literacy Series
Start to develop a better understanding of how to manage your personal finances. Learn about a different topic on the 3rd Saturday of each month with George Haas and Anthony Rovai, financial advisers at Money Concepts Capital Corporation. Start getting your personal finances in shape. The series starts on September 16th and runs through May.


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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.

 


Phone: (831) 476-7946 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Twilight Adaptation Adventure
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State Park Big Basin
Come test your nocturnal abilities on this fun, 1.5-hour, half-mile walk
Date: Every Su (Aug 6-Aug 13) at 7:30pm
Ages: Able to do 3.5 mile hike

Twilight Adaptation Adventure
Sunday, August 6 and Sunday, August 13 at 7:30 pm
Twilight marks the end of day and the beginning of night. Animals who come out at night have special adaptations to survive. Come test your nocturnal abilities on this fun, 1.5-hour, half-mile walk. Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: Highway 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: Every Su and Sa from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Weekends from 11:00am-3:00pm, tours of the ranch houses at 1:00pm

Wilder Ranch Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water-powered machine shop, barns and other historic buildings. Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

Call (831) 426-0505 for more details.


Location: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-0505 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Sunday Seaside Crafts
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join us with your small fry every Sunday for hands-on fun!
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Kids and up Admission Fees: General admission fees apply.

(A June) Seymour_Crafts3.jpgSunday Seaside Crafts -make it and take it! Come create and take home a fun souvenir, an activity for the whole family to share.

 

For example, find out what gray whales eat by creating a bright sun catcher for your window, or create a fancy fish with paper, paint, and color.

 

Build a seal or sea lion puppet decorated with your own special seal nose, complete with whiskers!

 

Join the fun in the crafts room every Sunday from 1-3 PM for hands-on fun.

Sponsored by: Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Mommy/Daddy & Me Valentine Cookie Decorating Workshop
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New Leaf Community Markets
Decorate an assortment of Valentine's Day cookies made from organic ingredients
Date: 02/12/2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: $45

With Kristen Valenza, Living Roots, Food & Floral

 

This class is for Moms (or Dads!) and their little ones.

 

Come decorate an assortment of Valentine's Day cookies made from organic ingredients. Take home a box of your finished creations to give away as gifts. Ages 3-6.

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Location: New Leaf Community Markets, 1101 Fair Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-466-9060 ext 126 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
The Great Courses Available!
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You've been asking for them --- and now we're adding them --- in streaming and downloadable form -- The Great Courses!
Date: Every day


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Take a look at our streaming and downloadable Great Courses

 

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Carrie's Dream Dance Scholarship Showcases and Auction
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Carrie's Dream
150 young dancers will perform and dazzle the audience, all while raising funds for local dance scholarships
Date: 02/12/2017 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $20
Special Instructions: 1pm & 5pm

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Carrie's Dream Dance Showcase

When: 2/12 at 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm
Where: Aptos High School Performing Arts Center
Cost: $20


The 3rd Annual Carrie's Dream Dance Showcase carries on the dream of a beloved dance teacher to provide dance scholarships for children and young adults in need. In memory of Carrie Dianda McCoid, over 150 local youth dancers will take to the stage performing jazz, hip hop, lyrical, and contemporary dance numbers. There are two performances to choose from, plus live and silent auction events and a bake sale-all proceeds will benefit the Carrie's Dream Scholarship Fund.

 

For tickets and information visit www.CarriesDream.org or call 471-8142.


Location: Aptos High School Performing Art, 100 Marine Way, Aptos Map
Phone: 831-471-8142 •website Aptos create a direct event link
NBC Kids' Connection- Lorraine Pursell, M.A.
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NBC TV, Lorraine Pursell, M.A.
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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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
Phone: 831-454-7235 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Younger Lagoon Reserve Tour
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Experience the wildlife and natural beauty of Younger Lagoon.
Date: The 2nd Su of every month from 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Ages: 10 years of age and older. Admission Fees: General admission fees apply.

(Photos General) Seymour_youngerlagoonresevetour.jpgThis 90-minute, behind-the-scenes hiking tour takes visitors into Younger Lagoon Reserve adjacent to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Part of the University of California Natural Reserve System, Younger Lagoon Reserve contains diverse coastal habitat and is home to birds of prey, migrating sea birds, bobcats, and other wildlife. Come and see what scientists are doing to track local mammals, restore native habitat, and learn about the workings of one of California's rare coastal lagoons. A tour is offered on selected Thursdays and Sundays of each month beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Younger Lagoon Reserve tours are free with admission and open to the public. Space is limited to 12 participants. Advance reservations and advance payment required.


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
A moveable feast of fresh, locally grown produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats and poultry, baked goods, music and good comp
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed and Sa
Ages: All

Our family of five farmers' markets showcases the best in regional organic produce, pasture-raised meats, eggs and dairy, sustainably-harvested seafoods and artisan-made goods.

 

Purchasing your food through the area's farmers' markets ensures that you are getting the freshest, healthiest and tastiest foods while supporting local jobs, increasing local spending and promoting the region's strong farming tradition.

 

We provide direct access to sustainable sources of fresh produce and other unique foods and education about food issues, both local and beyond.

 

Santa Cruz/Downtown Weds 1:30-5:30 Lincoln & Cedar Year-round
Santa Cruz/West Side
Sat 9-1 2801 Mission Year-round
Scotts Valley Sat 9-1 King's Village Dr Year-round
Live Oak/East Side
Sun 9-1 15th & Eastcliff Dr Year-round
Felton Tues 2:30-6:30 120 Russell Ave May - Oct

Location: 2801 Mission St, Santa Cruz Map
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Family Yoga
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Luma Yoga and Family Center
Come stretch, play & explore!
Date: Every Su at 1:30pm
Ages: 4+ Admission Fees: $14 drop in (class cards + memberships also available)

Family Yoga: Ages 4+

Family Yoga is now offered EVERY Sunday afternoon at 1:30 pm! This class offers a unique approach by blending yoga and family bonding! Laughter and love fill each class and are sure to inspire and nurture the entire family's relationship. This class works best for children who can follow instructions and participate and is designed for parents and little ones ages 4 and up.

 

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Location: Luma Yoga and Family Center, 1010 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 325-2620 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Free First Friday
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Enjoy our intertidal touch pool, large-screen microscope, and geology exhibit and "dig pit".
Date: Every day from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: FREE

FREE First Friday 11am-4pm. Enjoy the Museum for FREE with your family on the first Friday of every month. Enjoy our intertidal touch pool, large-screen microscope, and geology exhibit and "dig pit". Santa Cruz Natural History Museum. 1305 East Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz. 420-6115


Location: East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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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Sandra Cherk Pastels
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Santa Cruz County
"I strive to create images you can walk into, and feel the spirit of the place!"
Date: Every day (Jan 26-Mar 31)


Sandra Cherk • Pastel Paintings • at the Simpkins Family Swim Ctr./Parks Dept. office now through March, 2017

 

(0 Jan 2017) Art_SandraCherkArts.jpgSandra is a native Californian whose art is inspired by the hills and coastlines of Northern and Central California. Essentially self-taught, Sandra has considered herself an artist all her life, but started painting professionally with watercolors in 1991. Almost a decade ago, the lure of the rich and bold colors of pastel swayed her to shift her palate and medium. Her pastel work captures the deep colors and textures of her native coastal landscapes.

 

"I use pastels to paint the places I love. I feel fortunate to live in this area of spectacular beauty --the forests, ocean, and open hills. With a second home in Greece, also close to the mountains and sea, I am doubly lucky. I am struck by the atmosphere, interplay of sunlight and shadows, natural compositions in the scenery and village architecture. I strive to create images you can walk into, and feel the spirit of the place!" The vivid colors and workability of pastels have allowed her to develop California landscapes with her trademark softness, serenity and depth.


Location: Simpkins Family Swim Ctr, 979 17th Av, Santa Cruz Map
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Mushroom Hunt!
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State Park Big Basin
Come join Ranger Emily Bertram as she hunts for mushrooms. Learn of the important role they play in the forest, who eats them an
Date: Every Su and Sa (Feb 12-Feb 25) at 11:00am


Big Basin is home to many different species of fungi. Some look like our traditional pizza mushrooms, but others are wildly colored, strangely shaped, very small, smelly or slimy. Come join Ranger Emily Bertram as she hunts for mushrooms. Learn of the important role they play in the forest, who eats them and how to identify them. This is a family friendly, easy 1.5-hour walk. (Picking mushrooms in a state park is illegal, so we'll just be looking.) Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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FIRST NIGHT MONTEREY
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First Night Monterey
Dance, play, act, perform, create and sing our way into 2018!
Date: Every day (Dec 17-Jan 1) from 3:00pm to 12:01am
Admission Fees: $0 - $20

Welcome to our FNM 2018 website, celebrating 25 years! Planning is being finalized and we will keep you updated with changes as they occur. Watch for a complete listing of performers, coming later this month (you can see a sneak peek here). 80% of the performances are indoors and an FNM Button is your ticket to those performances. 

 

Kids' Night Out! The First Act for the Young and Young-at-Heart

The most creative New Year's Eve you will have with your family!

Kids' Night Out! The First Act for the Young and Young-at-Heart

First Night is Monterey's most exciting, imaginative and uplifting cultural event. FNM is an affordable, alcohol-free family celebration of the arts on New Year's Eve from the 3 pm Opening Ceremony to the Countdown to Midnight; our theme for FNM 2018 celebrates "25 Years of Magic". The many performances range from Classical to Hip-Hop, Jazz to Reggae, dance and artwork.

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The most creative New Year's Eve you will have with your family!

Kids' Night Out (5 and under free) features music & art activities for the younger set, culminating with the Costume Contest & Twilight Procession at 5:30 pm.

 

At 3:00 p.m. kick-off at Colton Lawn on Pacific Street, culminating with the Twilight Parade at 5:30 p.m on Alvarado Street serving as the kids' Finale. Music, song, drumming, dance, ballet, face art, art creating, hat making and more! Check out the Colton Lawn on Pacific Street, the Monterey Art Museum and the Work Building on Alvarado Street for activities to complete artful time.

 

Make sure to have your FNM button - admission to all the fun for the over-5 set! Please refer to the afternoon and evening grids to plan your New Year's Eve and participate in all the fun! Thanks to First Five Monterey County for their support of the free kids' activities.


Location: Historic Downtown, Alvarez St, Monterey Map
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Dinghies, Dancing, Dining and More!óBig Basin in its Heyday
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State Park Big Basin
Easy romantic hour walks
Date: 02/12/2017 at 11:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Dinghies, Dancing, Dining and More!—Big Basin in its Heyday
Wednesday, August 9 at 10 am
Big Basin was a very popular tourist resort in the 1900s. The park had a hotel, store, post office, barbershop, dance hall, tennis courts, swimming pool and more! Take a fascinating tour and “see” Big Basin as it was in those vibrant early days. This is a one-mile, 90-minute walk. Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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San Francisco Botanical Gardens
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San Francisco Botanical Garden
Escape to a unique 55-acre urban oasis of extraordinary beauty at San Francisco Botanical Garden, showcasing over 8,000 differen
Date: Every day

Special Instructions: 2nd Tuesday is FREE DAY

Second Tuesday of every month is free!

 

The San Francisco Botanical Garden is one of the most diverse gardens in the world. A unique urban oasis, the Garden is a living museum within Golden Gate Park, offering 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, and showcasing over 8,000 different kinds of plants from around the world.

 

Free Admission Day Every second Tuesday of the month

Regular cost: $7/adults; $5/youth and seniors; $2/children; free/4 years and younger

 

Docent-led Tours: Join us for daily tours through the Botanical Garden led by trained docents or explore on your own with special features designed to enhance your next visit.

Free Tours Daily; 1:30pm at Main Gate

 

LOCATED In Golden Gate Park, with entrances at the corner of Ninth Ave. at Lincoln Way (Main Gate) & at MLK Jr. Drive off the Music Concourse

Navigating t! he Garden

 

Free Admission Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden

 

Hours
Open daily, starting at 7:30 am. The Garden closes one hour after last entry. Last entry changes seasonally:

Last entry: Fall & Winter

  • October through early November: Last entry at 5 pm.
  • 1st Sunday in November through January: Last entry at 4 pm.
  • February through 2nd Saturday in March: Last entry at 5 pm.

From a reviewer: 9/12/2016

"I've been to botanical gardens around the US and other countries, and this one is truly world class. I can't believe I've lived here for years and had never gone. I was worried that there might not be many things blooming since it's September, but there were so many amazing flowers packed together, that I can't even imagine what it's like in the spring. The ratio of plants-to-walking is really excellent. Every square foot of the garden seems carefully planned to pack in more wonderful things to see, all meticulously labeled and growing vigorously."


Location: Golden Gate Park, 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco 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.

 

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Location: Museum of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey Map
Phone: 831-372-2608 •website Monterey create a direct event link
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