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Holiday Ice Skating
Ice skate by the beach, on real ice!
Every day (Nov 11-Jan 7)
Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map

Boardwalk Holiday Ice
Presented by Dignity Health Medical Network

November 11, 2017- January 7, 2018

Celebrate this holiday season with a new family tradition - ice skating at the Boardwalk!

Festivities Include:

  • Ice Skating by the Beach - on Real Ice!
  • Holiday Lights and Decorations
  • Boardwalk Rides* & Games
  • Indoor Arcades, Mini Golf, and Laser Tag
  • Classic Holiday Movies

Schedule

November 11 - December 24, 2017, and January 2 - 7, 2018

Fridays-Sundays: 12pm-9pm

Mondays-Thursdays: 4pm-9pm

December 25, 2017 - January 1, 2018

12pm-9pm

Ice Skating

Our new 40' x 60' covered ice skating rink is open rain or shine!

Each 1-hour session includes ice skate rental.

$12

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Reserve your ice skating session before you arrive!

(Online reservations coming in November)

 

*Please call (831) 423-5590 the day of your visit to confirm which rides and games are open.

 

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Water Shred
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Coastal Watershed
Free demo rides, and enjoy live music, food and even a rock climbing wall.
Date: 06/10/2017 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Adults: $10, Kids 12 & under: Free

Come out to the Riverwalk and see this action sports expo along the San Lorenzo River.  You'll get a chance to take free demo rides, and enjoy live music, food and even a rock climbing wall. Buy tickets online. Organized by the Coastal Watershed Council & Event Santa Cruz.

 

Ride the Riverwalk at this First Ever Action Sports Expo Along the San Lorenzo River

Vendors:
Current eBikes
Inboard
Slick
Santa Cruz Warriors
Archer Components
Formula Slug
Onewheel
Zero Motorcycles
Spokesman Bikes
LIFEAID Beverage Co.
Mobile Climb USA (Rock Wall)

Food sold by:

Ate3one
G's Tacos#2
The Penny Ice Creamery

Ride your bike to WaterSHRED! Bike Santa Cruz County will be providing Free bike valet for event attendees.


Location: 440 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
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39th annual "Ramayana!"
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Mount Madonna School
A story of love, adventure, separation and an eventual joyous reunion, in an ancient allegory of the battle of good and evil
Date: Every day (Jun 9-Jun 11)
Ages: all Admission Fees: $25 - $40

"Ramayana!" the Mount Madonna School's "sword-and-sorcery" production now in its 39th year and featuring an original rock-n-roll score and magical characters who encounter danger and love, good versus evil, duty, heroic action and sacrifice, will have performances June 5 to 7 at the Mexican Heritage Theater here, according to a press release.

 

The story of the Ramayana, as first told by the poet Valmiki, has endured for 2600 years as one of the world's most widely-read classics. The Mount Madonna production focuses on a small part of the larger Hindu epic's story and tells the story of Prince Ram, who, banished from his homeland of Ayodhya, leaves with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman to seek a new home. On their journey, they encounter an array of colorful beings, including tribal folk and gentle forest animals, giants and wizards, heroic monkeys and bears, an enchanted golden deer, a kingdom of demons led by the evil 10-headed Lord Ravana, and a wild, fire-breathing dragon.

 

The show features a cast of some 200 student actors, ages 3 to 18, accompanied by a choir and adult musicians.

 

It is a story of love, adventure, separation and an eventual joyous reunion, in an ancient allegory of the battle of good and evil. The show is filled with exciting action, spectacular costuming and family humor. A rich performing arts tradition and integrated arts curriculum make MMS performances outstanding, said the release.

 

Performances: Friday-Saturday, June 9-10, 7:00pm; Sunday, June 11, 2:00pm.

 

All seats are reserved: $35-$40 adults/$25 children (18 and under).

 

Special Dress Circle includes special reception, backstage tour, VIP parking and intermission treats.

 

All tickets are available online at http://ramayana.brownpapertickets.com/


Location: Mexican Heritage Theater, 1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose Map
Phone: (408) 847-2717 •website San Josecreate a direct event link
2017 Open Houses Castro Adobe
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State Park Castro Adobe
Join us for this easy guided walk to hear the stories of the Pájaro Valley’s past.
Date: Every day (Mar 18-Dec 30) from 11:00am to 3:00pm

Special Instructions: Old Adobe Road, off of Larkin Valley Road

(AAA_Feb 2015) Castro-Adobe.jpgOpen Houses, Castro Adobe State Historic Park

 

Admission is free, donations gratefully accepted. Parking is extremely limited, so carpooling is encouraged. The two-story Castro Adobe in Watsonville is currently undergoing a multi-year restoration process lead by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, a local non-profit, and partnering with California State Parks.

 

Built from 1848 to 1849, this is one of the finest examples of a rancho hacienda in the Monterey Bay area. The Castro Adobe State Historic Park is located at 184 Old Adobe Road, off of Larkin Valley Road, in northern Watsonville. The Castro Adobe is an active construction site and is accessible currently by appointment only except during the Open House Days. To follow progress on the restoration effort, visit www.ThatsMyPark.org/projects/castro-adobe.

 

2017 Open House days at Castro Adobe

Enjoy traditional hot chocolate, make tortillas, stroll through the historic garden while exploring romance during the Rancho period. Learn about courting and marriage during that era - including the Bolcoff-Castro marriage and the Castro Adobe-Wilder Ranch historical connection - as well as concepts of race and intermarriage during in Alta California, the perception of the Rancho Period as a "golden age" compared to what historical and archaeological record show, and the loving relationship between a vaquero and his horse.

 

The open houses will be 11am to 3pm

January 21
Febraury 11
March 18
April 22
May 13
June 17
July 22
August 19
September 16
October 14
November 18
December 9

Friends is leading a multi-year restoration effort to preserve and interpret the site and is partnering with California State Parks to open the adobe as a State Historic Park. It is Santa Cruz County's second State Historic Park and the first non-beach state park in the Pajaro Valley. 

Located in Larkin Valley, near Watsonville, the two-story Castro Adobe, built between 1848-49, is one of the finest examples of a rancho hacienda in the Monterey Bay area. Open House visitors will be able to tour the property including the restored cocina (kitchen) and the Potter-Church Garden. The garden is a unique outdoor space originally created by then-owners Elizabeth and David Potter (1968 to 1972), in consultation with noted landscape architect Thomas Church.

The Castro Adobe is open on a limited basis for special events, such as Open House Days. Parking is extremely limited, so carpooling is encouraged. Learn more on our website.


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-335-6318 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Ocean Fair & Surfboard Swap
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Patagonia Santa Cruz Outlet
Date: 06/10/2017 from 10:00am to 9:00pm


 

When: 6/10 from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Where: Patagonia Santa Cruz Outlet - 415 River Street
Cost: Free

Looking for a new surfboard? Maybe you're tired of your old board or just want to get rid of one that is just taking up extra space? Here's your chance. Bring your used surfboard to swap or sell at this event, or let them sell it for you. Enjoy live music, food, beer, art and support ocean conservation with the Surfrider Foundation. Register online.

 


Location: 415 River Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Smart Summer Program
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Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz
'Smart Summer Program' at Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County
Date: Every day (May 25-Jun 11)
Ages: 6-18 Admission Fees: $15/day or $65/week with annual Boys & Girls Club membership of $60 per year. Scholarships available and all children are welcom

Registration is now open for the "Smart Summer Program" at Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County Downtown and Live Oak Clubhouses. Open to youth ages 6-18, the Smart Summer Program aims to reduce summer learning loss through a variety of fun and engaging enrichment classes and activities including:
· Reading curriculum
· Technology
· Creative arts and music
· Athletics
· Games and tournaments
· Recreational swim
· Special event days
· Field trips
· Teen programs
The program is from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday starting on June 12 and ending on August 18. Prices start at $15/day or $65/week with annual Boys & Girls Club membership of $60 per year. Scholarships available and all children are welcome, regardless of ability to pay. Register online at www.boysandgirlsclub.info


Location: Downtown Clubhouse, 543 Center St., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-3138 •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
Juneteenth Celebration
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City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation
Juneteenth Celebration with SambaDa, Kev Choice, The Joint Chiefs, Tammi Brown, Rich Tycoon, Monterey Peninsula Gospel Choir...
Date: 06/10/2017 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free

Juneteenth Celebration!

Join in on this world wide commemoration of the signing the Emancipation Proclamation. A full afternoon of guest speakers, music, food and activities for the entire family. Come out to celebrate a very important day in history for freedom and equality.



Background on Juneteenth - On June 19th, 1865, Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, Texas with the news the Civil War had ended and enslaved were now free. 150 years later, we celebrate this remarkable event at Juneteenth celebrations across the country. A long-held tradition among African Americans, Juneteenth is a fun and special day for anyone who believes in freedom and equality for all people.

 


Location: Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6177 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Young Eagles - Kids Fly Free
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Young Eagles
Kds fly free EAA airplane rides, on the first Saturday of every month between January and April and then again between September
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 8 yrs - 17 yrs Admission Fees: Free

(Special Event Images / Graphics) WatsonvilleAirport.jpgExperimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 119 flew over 400 children in 2009, and has safely flown over 4500 kids since starting to hold Young Eagle Rallies in 1992. The program consists of an explanation of how airplanes fly and a flight of approximately 20 minutes around the Watsonville - Santa Cruz area. After the flight, each child receives a certificate commemorating the experience. Parents / Guardians are required to sign a registration form. The program is open to kids 8-17.

 

The rallies are held at the Watsonville Aviation Education Center (WAEC), sign-up is between 10:00am and 12:30pm on the day of the rally at the airport, we do not have pre-registration. Flying is from 11:00am to 3:00pm, weather permitting. Participants should expect to spend 1-2 hours at the airport during the event.  See us on Facebook below and on Twitter status is provided by searching for #EAA119.

 

For more information, contact: Tom Hail  Young Eagles Coordinator, EAA Chapter 119, Watsonville
831-531-8440


Location: Watsonville Aviation Education C, 60 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
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Historical Aircraft Display
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Everyone is welcome to show and admire these historical aircraft
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 Dec 2016) WatsAirport_SecondSatHistorical.jpgWatsonville Municipal Airport hosts a Historical Aircraft Display every second Saturday from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.  

 

Admission is free and everyone is welcome to show and admire these historical aircraft.

 

The pilots displaying their aircraft can top off at our self service island at the lowest fuel prices from 0800 Saturday morning until 0800 Sunday morning!

 

 For additional information call 768-3575

 


Location: Watsonville Aviation Education C, 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville 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

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
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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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

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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
Phone: (415) 661-1316 •website San Franciscocreate 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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Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
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State Park Henry Cowell
Join us on a guided scavenger hunt along our trails.
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
Saturdays at 1 pm


Join us on a guided scavenger hunt along our trails. The group chooses from a selection of pre-planned walks, and then together seeks out the wonders of the woods! With our ample selection of trails, abundance of wildlife, and constantly changing seasons, no two adventures will ever be the same!

 

Meet at the Visitor Center, in the day-use area of the park located off Highway 9 in Felton. Tour is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10.

 

Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. 335-7077


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Hikes at Castle Rock
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State Park Castle Rock
Discover expansive views, marvelous rock formations and great rock climbing opportunities
Date: Every day (May 27-Sep 3)

Special Instructions: Located on Highway 35, just 2.5 miles southeast of the junction with Hwy 9

EASY HIKES
Castle Rock Loop
 
Trailhead: main parking lot; 1 mile loop; elevation gain 300 feet    
Ascend through Douglas-fir, madrone, and tanoak to see the park’s imposing namesake peak—a good spot for bouldering and roped climbs. The surrounding smaller rocks are a great playground for children. 
   
Castle Rock Falls
Trailhead: main parking lot; 1.3 miles roundtrip, elevation gain 320 feet.   
Meander downhill to 75-foot Castle Rock Falls, which gushes after rains, but may be a trickle during drought. Either way, the views to the west are spectacular. 
   
MODERATE HIKES 
Ridge/Trail Camp Loop 
Trailhead: main parking lot, 5.15 miles, elevation gain 1,190 feet
Hike through the forest and past Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock. Enjoy views of the San Lorenzo River Valley and glimpses of Monterey Bay. Learn about history, wildlife, and habitats at the Interpretive Shelter. Castle Rock Trail Camp has picnic tables, pit toilets, water and a rain shelter.  
  
Skyline/Loghry Woods/Saratoga Gap Loop
Trailhead: main parking lot; 6.1 miles roundtrip; elevation gain 750 feet 
Head through the forest past Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock. Enjoy views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the San Lorenzo River with glimpses across to Monterey Bay if there’s no fog. Castle Rock Trail Camp has picnic tables, pit toilets, water, and a rain shelter. 
  
STRENUOUS HIKES  
Middle of the Park from the Gap Loop
Trailhead: Saratoga Gap; 9 miles roundtrip, elevation gain 1,530 feet. 
This challenging hike or run through the forest takes you past mountain and valley views with some glimpses of Monterey Bay on a clear day. Castle Rock Trail Camp has picnic tables, pit toilets, water and a rain shelter. Begin at Saratoga Gap and either go down Saratoga Toll Road Trail or across Skyline Trail (Bay Area Ridge Trail). Close the loop on the Loghry Woods and Travertine Springs trails.
   
Gap to Gap Loop
Trailhead: Saratoga Gap or Waterman Gap; 16.4 miles roundtrip, elevation gain 1,860 feet
A good workout for strong trail runners and hikers. You can also backpack and stay overnight at the Waterman Gap Trail Camp (reservations required). Trails are mostly wooded, with occasional views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. 
   
Skyline to the Sea Trailhead: dropoff at Saratoga Gap or park at main parking lot, pickup at Waddell Beach, 25.2–28.2 miles; elevation from 1,660–2,130 feet. 
One of the region’s most rewarding backpack options. Start on the spine of the Santa Cruz Mountains and descend to the ocean in Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Camp at trail camps along the way. Two to four days of backpacking or four to eight hours of trail running.


Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
Phone: (408) 867-2952 •website Los Gatos create a direct event link
ROD & CUSTOM CLASSIC CAR SHOW
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Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce
Enjoy a day filled with awesome cars
Date: Every day (Jun 10-Jun 11)


(0 June 2017) Capitola_customclassiccar.jpg12th Annual Capitola Rod & Custom Classic Car Show

Be prepared for an amazing weekend of rods, customs, classics and American muscle gleaming in the California sun at the beach in the heart of Capitola Village.

 

This is a truly unique event! Come and enjoy the outstanding cars in a festival atmosphere where you can also enjoy seaside dining, the many quaint shops and one of the best beaches in California.

 

Fun, family friendly and admission FREE.


Location: Esplanade Park, Capitola Village Map
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Calendar Contest
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Elkhorn Slough
Elkhorn Slough Calendar Photography Contest
Date: Every day (Apr 22-Nov 18)
Admission Fees: (Fee event: ESF Non-member $40/Member $35)

Elkhorn Slough Calendar Photography Contest

 

Calling all photographers!
The Elkhorn Slough Foundation (ESF) is excited to announce an open call for photos for use in our 2018 wall calendar! Images must be taken in the Elkhorn Slough watershed and may feature diverse subject matter including landscapes, wildlife, plants, and people.

Winning entries will be featured in our full-color, 8.5″ x 11″, 2018 Elkhorn Slough Foundation calendar. All proceeds of the calendar benefit ESF's work to conserve and restore the Elkhorn Slough and its watershed.

 

General guidelines:
Photos may feature any appropriate content, provided the photo is taken in the Elkhorn Slough watershed. The watershed encompasses Moss Landing Harbor, the slough channel and the Reserve, as well as the surrounding hills and upland habitats. We encourage you to submit diverse subject matter. Ideally photos will have been taken within the past two years. Minor burning, dodging and/or color correction is acceptable.

 

Resolution:
Photographs must be submitted in digital format. For the contest, please only submit a small JPEG of your image NO LARGER THAN 1MB file size. If we select your image for possible use in the calendar, we will contact you to request a larger version suitable for printing (8.5″ x 11″ inches at a resolution of at least 300 dpi). If your photo is selected, but you are unable to supply it in at 300 dpi or higher, we may not be able to include your photo in the calendar.

 

(0 July 2017) ElkhornSloughPhotoContest2017.jpgImage selection:
Images selected by the Elkhorn Slough Foundation (ESF) will be featured in ESF's 2018 calendar. Photographers of selected images will receive photo credit and a copy of the calendar, but no monetary compensation.

 

During the selection process, the cover photo will be chosen by a public vote. Four photos will earn special prizes for their photographers: the top two entries will win a special tour of Elkhorn Slough and annual passes to the Reserve; two additional runners-up will win annual passes to the Reserve.

 

Entrant agrees to grant ESF irrevocable perpetual, nonexclusive license to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of the entry in ESF's 2018 calendar as well as in other materials produced by the Elkhorn Slough Foundation. If your image is selected and includes identifiable people, signed photo releases will be required.

 

Photographers:
We encourage anyone with a great slough shot-amateur or professional- to enter. Each entrant may submit up to 5 photos. By submitting a photo, entrant agrees to all contest regulations.
ESF is now accepting photos! Deadline to enter is September 18, 2017.


Location: Porter Ranch, 1700 Elkhorn Rd, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 728-2822 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Young Writers Contest
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Bookshop Santa Cruz
Enter the young writers contest
Date: Every day (Jun 1-Oct 1)


Bookshop Santa Cruz is celebrating the talents of young writers in our community with a contest designed for writers ages 6-17. First-, second-, and third-place winners from each age group will receive Bookshop Santa Cruz gift certificates. Plus the winning entries will be published together in a collection this November.


E N T R Y   R U L E S
1. Entries may be on any subject in any genre-including fiction, nonfiction, biography, autobiography, mystery, humor, science fiction or fantasy.
2. Each entry must be an original work, submitted in the appropriate age group: 6-9, 10-13, or 14-17.
3. Word count limit: 2100 words.
4. Entries can be submitted online or at the store. Those entries submited in hard copy must have a copy of the entry form attached to the story. We're sorry, entries cannot be returned.
5. Employees of Bookshop Santa Cruz and their immediate families are not eligible to enter the contest.
6. All entries must be received no later than Sunday, October 9, 2016.

Download an Entry Form

 

Submit an Entry Online

 


Location: 1540 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-423-0900 •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
Adoption Fair
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Pet Pals
Date: Every Sa from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


ADOPTION FAIR!
EVERY SATURDAY​
Come visit our adoptable animals from 12-4pm! 
(weather permitting)

  PET PALS
  3660 Soquel Drive
​  Soquel, CA


Location: 3660 Soquel Drive, Soquel Map
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Mission Living History Programs
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State Park Mission
Gain insight into Mission life through stories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities.
Date: Every Sa (Jun 3-Aug 19) from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza

LIVING HISTORY DEMONSTRATIONS
Gain insight into Mission life through stories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities.


1-2 pm
June 3   Archeology Demonstration
June 17 Wool, Spinning, and Weaving
June 24  Building Methods
July 1  Hides & Tallow
July 15  Skill & Luck
July 29  Mission Cooking
August 5   Hymns and Chants:
August 19  Wool, Spinning & Weaving


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-1840. •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Adolescentes -- Disciplina Positiva - taller en espanol
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Adolescentes -- Disciplina Positiva - taller en espanol
Date: 06/10/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: adults Admission Fees: $20.00
Special Instructions: Becas Limitadas para la Clase y/o para el Cuidado de Nios (normalmente $10/cada nio)

Aprenda maneras efectivas para ayudar a tu hiho/a adolescente a ontribuir positivamente a su hogar y escuela mientras usted use ambos amabilidad y ternura al mismo tiempo para modelar lo que es una relacion mutuamente respetuosa.


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 476-7284 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Second Saturday on the Farm
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Ag History Project
Join us for demonstrations using antique farm equipment, crafts, farm animals, wooden cow milking, water pumps, learning to driv
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $2/person Kids under 1 are free

Every month we produce a 2nd Saturday on the Farm, a family event that focuses on a particular area of agriculture each month. Visitors can participate in the regular activities of the Ag History Project plus others related to the day's special focus. We host over 2,500 visitors each year at 2nd Saturday on the Farm.

 

We have created some unique interactive educational activities to help you have fun learning about past agricultural practices. What we like to call our "usual" activities include:

  • Wooden cow milking: we have life-size wooden cows with rubber teats that help you learn how to milk a cow.
  • Kid-driven tractor: we retrofitted a John Deere tractor so that anyone can learn to drive it. You sit in the seat and control the steering wheel while a trained volunteer stands on a platform to your right to controls the speed. We even have space for a parent or friend to stand to your left and enjoy the ride.
  • We are currently working on creating a stationary tractor that you can drive down a crop row and the computer screen in front of you displays how well you are handling the tractor.

Location: 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-728-5898 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Color!
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Pajaro Valley Arts
Artful look at agriculture
Date: Every Su, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Jun 7-Jul 23) from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 July 2017) PajaroValleyArts_Hummingbird.jpgCurrent Exhibit: Color!

 

Members' Exhibit 2017

 

June 7 - July 23

 

Reception: Sunday, June 18 2-4pm

 

 

Open Weds - Sun,  11:00a to 4:00p


Location: 37 Sudden St, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-763-0939 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Hawks and Sparrows and Egrets
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Elkhorn Slough
Hawks and Sparrows and Egrets, oh my!
Date: 06/10/2017 from 7:30am to 11:30am
Admission Fees: (Fee event: ESF Non-member $5/Members free)

une 10: Hawks and Sparrows and Egrets, oh my! Saturday, June 10  7:30am - 11:30am (Fee event: ESF Non-member $5/Members free)   Local birding expert Rick Fournier will lead us through an morning of bird sightings at Elkhorn Slough - an internationally recognized birding hotspot. Rick will help us spot different birds and provide tips on telling the difference between species.

 

 


Location: 1700 Elkhorn Road , Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 728-2822 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Boho Castro, a Bohemian-style fundraiser for the Castro Adobe
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Friends of the Santa Cruz State Parks
Boho Castro, a Bohemian-style fundraiser for the Castro Adobe
Date: 06/10/2017 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $75

This is a ticketed event. Cost is $75. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Join us for a Bohemian-inspired gathering to honor the Castro Adobe stewards from the past and celebrate recent progress toward opening the Castro Adobe State Historic Park.

(0 May 2017) CastroAdobe.jpgStep back into the 1960s at the Castro Adobe, a time when the Jowers family owned and cared for the property. Relive the Jowers' good times, when an eclectic ensemble of their artistic friends made the Castro Adobe a Bohemian center of arts and culture.


Boho Castro will also pay tribute to the Jowers' iconic Aptos restaurant, the Sticky Wicket, by featuring foods modeled after the original menu as prepared by Mickey's Catering. Beer by Corralitos Brewing Co., wine from Storrs Winery, and made-to-order tea and espresso will be served.

The Sticky Wicket outdoor concerts evolved into the Cabrillo Music Festival thanks to Lou Harrison, Robert Hughes, the Jowers and others. Boho Castro will highlight this connection with live music at the event. Enjoy Lone Prairie, a vintage Western band, of which former Castro steward Joe Kimbro was a member. Also featured will be harmonica player Brendan Power (Laura Jowers' partner). Brendan Power has recorded with Sting, Kate Bush, James Galway and other luminaries, played in the Riverdance show and performed on the Oscar winning soundtrack for the movie "Atonement." Recorded Lou Harrison music will also be played.

Period dress is encouraged!

This event is a fundraiser to support the opening of Castro Adobe State Historic Park.
Become a sponsor and learn more ways to support this event on our website, http://www.thatsmypark.org/events/castro-events/


Location: Castro Adobe State Historic Park, 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 429-1840 •websitecreate a direct event link
Japanese Cultural Fair
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Japanese Cultural Fair
Explore traditional and contemporary Japanese culture
Date: 06/10/2017 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: None
Special Instructions: Japanese Theme

Japanese Cultural Fair celebrates its annual fair.

 

Mission Plaza overflows with the celebration of Japanese music, traditional dance, food and crafts at this popular annual festival. Powerful drummers, the San Francisco Taiko Dojo, thrill the audience, along with storytellers, martial arts demonstrations and healing arts vendors. Sushi, noodles and green tea ice cream are always favorites.

 

Free shuttle service between County Building parking lot and Mission Plaza. Two shuttle buses are running every 15 minutes and their stops are: County Building(Ocean & Water St.), Civic Auditorium (Church St.), Mission Plaza Park


Location: Mission Plaza Park, 103 Emmett St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 462-4589 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Teens, 2-hour Positive Discipline Parenting Workshop
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Teens -- 2-hour Positive Discipline parenting workshop
Date: 06/10/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: adults Admission Fees: $20.00

Learn effective parenting tools to help your teenage child(ren) make positive contributions to their home and school environments while you as a parent learn to balance kindness with firmness and model what mutually respectful relationships look like.

 

Limited scholarships are sometimes available. Childcare will be provided onsite for $10 per child per class session, but please request it and/or sign up for it in advance.


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 476-7284 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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

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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

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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
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