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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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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
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Summer Concert Series
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State Park New Brighton
Campfire concerts. Bring your blankets and beach chairs!
Date: Every Sa (Jul 1-Aug 27) from 7:30pm to 8:30pm


Summer Concert Series

Saturday Nights at 7:30pm

Join California State Parks in welcoming New Brighton beaches weekly outdoor concert series. Every Saturday we will be featuring a local musician at our campfire center. Performers include Watsonville Taiko Drummers, Western Sing-a-long with Michelle Kiba, Designated Drivers, Indonesian Gamelan, and Simmons Family Band. Event is free; parking is $10. For more information, please call (831) 464-5620. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

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Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola 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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Wildcat Weekend
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San Francisco Zoo
Experience amazing felines from bobcats to tigers and...
Date: Every day (Aug 5-Aug 6) from 10:00am to 5:00pm


Wild Cat Weekend Join us for Wild Cat Weekend on August 5-6 as we highlight our amazing felines, from bobcats to tigers and everything in between!  Come learn about all our amazing cats and what you can do to ensure a future for wild cats during our special Keeper Talks.   Don't forget to get your tickets today for Breakfast with the Big Cats,  on August 6!


Location: 1 Zoo Way, 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
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Birding Walk, Elkhorn Slough
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Elkhorn Slough
Go on a guided bird hunt, begin or add to your list of sitings
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 8:30am

Special Instructions: Meet in the parking lot behind Whole Enchilada

Birding
Elkhorn Slough supports 346 diverse species of resident and migratory birds. On a recent ESF member birding walk, participants spotted more than three dozen species in a short time frame. It's no surprise that the slough is recognized as a globally important birding area. Keep track of your sightings by downloading a bird sightings list from our website.

 

Tour with professional birder Rick Fournier, one of our volunteer docents. Day use fee of $4.00 for each visitor, 16 years and older. Tour begins promptly and lasts 2-3 hours.

 

 


Location: 1700 Elkhorn Road , Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 728-2822 •website Watsonville 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
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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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Walking Tour Fisherman's Wharf
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Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf Association
Walk and talk: History of Sardine Fishing
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: 10+ Admission Fees: $15-20

Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf Association Continues "Wharf Walks - Walking Tours at Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf"

The Monterey Fisherman's Wharf Association continues to team up with noted Monterey Bay Fisheries Historian and author, Tim Thomas, who is offering monthly "Wharf Walks - Walking Tours at Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf" (www.montereywharf.com) on the first Saturday of every month from 10:00 AM - Noon.

 

Tours meet at the head of Old Fisherman's Wharf (near the pink "Harbor House" store, #1 Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey. Advance reservations are required by calling Tim Thomas at (831) 521-3304 or via email timsardine@yahoo.com.

 

The tour is for ages 10-adult only and the cost is $20 for adults and kids are $15 (10-15 years).  Group Rates are also available.


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Free 2 Be a Kid
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Live Oak Grange
Bring what you can. Take what you need.
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $2/family

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Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Kids Event 2017
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Bhody
Light Refreshments for kids and parents, a coloring area, painting on tote bags and free temporary tattoo's!
Date: 08/05/2017 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: Free

Light Refreshments for kids and parents, a coloring area, painting on tote bags and free temporary tattoo's!


Location: Bhody, 1526 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Kids Week Downtown Santa Cruz
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Join us all week long for fun activities and specials downtown - just for kids!
Date: Every day (Jul 29-Aug 6)


HIGHLIGHTS

Sat 7/29  -  Kick off Party at The MAH in Abbott Square 11 - 1:00 - Grab a giant wand and make massive bubbles in Abbott Square with Santa Cruz bubble-maker extraordinaire Rachel Smith. Or, grab a hula hoop and twist and shout to your heart's content!


Sun 7/30 - FREE Bike Workshop at Spokesman Bikes 11  -  A FREE family friendly class on bicycle safety and minor maintenance so bikes are kept happy and working smoothly!

Tues 8/1 - Crafternoon: Sun Prints at the MAH in Abbott Square 3 - 5:00

Wed 8/2  -  Library Craft Day 10 -4:00  -  Come out to the Downtown Santa Cruz Public Library for a variety of events this upcoming Wednesday, August 3rd, from 10-4pm!
We will have a variety of crafts available for kids and their families or caregivers. Drop in and expect to get messy as we often use permanent markers and paint that will NOT come off clothes! Come and enjoy the fun!

  • Origami: fold a simple paper creation, or try something more difficult.
  • Fun with wood: make a creature, robot, or anything you can dream, with wood, hardware, and baubles.
  • Paper bag puppets: create a paper bag puppet and put on a show for your friends and family.
  • Collage: create a collage to take home, or contribute to a collage mural we're making for display at the library.

Thu 8/3  - Shake the Square: Family Yoga in the Secret Garden in Abbott Square with Luma Yoga 11-11:45  -  Luma's Family Yoga is an experience you won't want to miss! Each class combines love + laughter-filled yoga activities and games for families. Class is specially designed for social interaction, movement, and play! No yoga experience required. Open to families with kids of all ages.

Fri 8/4  - Ballooniverse: A Brain Bending Exhibition Opening at the MAH 5-9:00 pm

Sat 8/5  - BHODY Free temporary tatoos, Junior Artist Area, Canvas Bag Painting and more 12-5:00

Sat 8/5 and 8/6  - Church Street Fair Kids Activity Zone 11-5:00

Sun 8/6  - Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Free Family Concert at the Civic Auditorium 1-2


SPECIALS ALL WEEK

Petroglyph Ceramics and Glow Candle Lounge
- 1 Free 1.5 inch tile at Petroglyph, 1 Free votive at Glow

Ohana Gymnastics - 1 free hour of Gymnastics Camp for kids ages 5-12 during kids week (Monday - Friday) between the hours of 12-3p. 1 hour per kid per week additional hours available at $15/hour...limited to space available - first come first serve.

Exit Santa Cruz - For Kids Week we will be running a special 30-minute escape room suitable for kids age 8 and up (and their families). People can book through our normal website: http://exitsantacruz.com/book-now.

Spokesman - We'd like to offer 20% off kids bike for kids week and also a free kids bike repair class.

World of Stones and Mystics - If you are under 10 years old and you visit World of Stones and Mystics, you will receive one stone for each year of your life for FREE.
It will be my pleasure to have you visit as a guest.

99 Bottles:
Enjoy a free kid's meal for your guest 12 and under with the purchase of any regularly priced adult meal.

Kiantis - FREE Kids meal with the purchase of an individual or family size entree.

Pono Hawaiian Grill
- Pono Hawaiian Grill would like to participate in Kids Week again this year.
We will offer our "Keiki Eat Free" discount during Kids Week Downtown from July 29 through August 5. Children 10 years and younger who dine with at least ONE paying adult may select a free item from Kaleo's Corner (kids menu) from the following dishes:
Chicken fingers (served with fries)
Keiki quesadilla (served with steamed veggies)
Macaroni & cheese (made from scratch)
The free meal must be as advertised on the menu board, without substitutions (which will incur a charge).


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Around the World in 60-90 Minutes!
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
Learn about the exotic plants from around the world
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Free with admission

Around the World in 60-90 Minutes!

The first Saturday of each month, the Arboretum offers a docent or staff-led tour of the Arboretum.

 

Sometimes you will see New Zealand, South Africa, or California and Australia. Sometimes you might see combinations of several gardens or the developing World Conifer Collection or Rare Fruit Garden. Tour length varies depending on what's in bloom and what the participants request.

Meet at Norrie's Gift & Garden Shop at the Arboretum at 11:00am to begin the tour.

 

The tour is free with paid admission to the Arboretum. Admission to the gardens is $5 for adults, $2 for those between 6 and 17 years. Arboretum members are admitted to the Arboretum free.


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz 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
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Tour the Pacific Migrations Center
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State Park New Brighton
Self-guided tour highlights history of Pacific Rim migrations
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 7-12

 Tour the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach

Come explore the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach. This free mini-museum highlights the history of Pacific Rim migrations and how they have influenced the Monterey Bay area. 

The exhibits explore the contributions of Chinese fishers, who established fishing camps on the Monterey Bay coastline beginning in the 1850s. Fishers dried and shipped most of their catch to markets up and down the coast, as well as across the Pacific. Chinese fish merchants also sold their fresh catch in local towns. China Beach, as New Brighton was known at the time, lasted until the mid-1880s. 

The center, which is supported by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays. It also includes a ParkStore, offering nature and history-themed merchandise for sale. All proceeds benefit local parks and beaches.

Self-guided tours of the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center are free. Docent-led tours are available for groups. Contact Jean Bernard at the Visitor Center, 831-464-5620, to schedule. Parking at New Brighton State Beach is $10 and supports the park. New Brighton State Beach is located at 1500 Park Ave. in Capitola


Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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Popup Picnics
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State Park Mission
Delish!!! Join us at the park for catered picnics & good company
Date: Every day (Jun 15-Aug 17) from 11:30am to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Items to eat $2 - $10

Popup Picnics will take place every Thursday from June 15 through Aug. 17 from 11:30am to 1:30pm at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park in downtown Santa Cruz

 

Taquitos Gabriel, a favorite from the 2016 PopUp Picnics in the Park series, will serve food at the first picnic on Thursday, June 15. The menu will include three tacos ($5), taco plates ($8), burritos ($8), cheese quesadillas ($3), meat quesadillas ($8), and watermelon and horchata aguas frescas ($2).

 

Future PopUp Picnics in the Park food vendors will include:

Aug 10                  Jolie Mole - tamales

Aug 17                  Taquitos Gabriel  -tacos, burritos, quesadillos

 

Items for purchase will range from $2 to $10. Vendors will donate 5 percent of their proceeds back to Friends on behalf of the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park to fund education and restoration projects at the park.

 

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is home to the oldest building in Santa Cruz County. Built between 1822 and 1824 by local Ohlonean and Yokuts Indians, the park's signature adobe is the only remaining structure from Mission Santa Cruz, founded in 1791. One of just four adobe buildings left in Santa Cruz County - and sometimes confused with the nearby replica mission chapel - it is the only building of its kind preserved as a museum in the State of California. The adobe served as housing for Neophyte families who lived and worked at the Mission, which operated until 1834 when it was secularized.  After decades of private ownership, the adobe was sold to the State of California, extensively restored and finally opened in 1991 to the public as the Santa Cruz Mission SHP. The park celebrated its 25 th year in 2016.

 

Sponsored by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks


Location: 144 School Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Basic Bicycle Maintenance Class
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The Spokesman
Learn how to fix your flat tire!
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00am
Ages: Free

Spokesman Bicycles Free Flat Fixing Class

 

Spokesman offers this great (and FREE) flat-fixing class. Check it out to learn how you can most efficiently change your own flat whether you're in the middle of a ride or just wanting to bust out your bike from your garage but the tires are flat.

Spokesman Bicycles, Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz, CA

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Location: Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Church Street Fair
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Cabrillo Music Festival
Non-stop world and ethnic music and dance on the outdoor Church Street Stage, and dozens of premier artists and craftspeople
Date: Every day (Aug 5-Aug 6) from 11:00am to 8:00pm

Special Instructions: Church Street in front of Civic Auditor

Church Street Fair

 

Saturday 8.5 & Sunday 8.6, 2017 | 11am - 8pm


The Church Street Fair offers an inspiring immersion into the famously vibrant cultural scene of Santa Cruz, California, as expressed through music, dance, art, food, and wine. Non-stop performances from global traditions will keep your spirits high as you select from a variety of local food purveyors, vintners and brewers, and explore the work of dozens of regional artists and craftspeople. We are thrilled to welcome Emcee Brett Taylor back to the Fair this year!

 

Free activities for children and their families include the Creativity Tent for Kids and the Cabrillo Festival's Free Family Concert with Tour of the Orchestra. Held in August in front of the Civic Auditorium in downtown Santa Cruz, the 26 year-old Church Street Fair is treasured as the quintessential summertime festival.

 

Creativity Tent for Kids - Saturday 8.5 & Sunday 8.6, 11am – 5:30pm

The Creativity Tent for Kids offers two full days of fun art workshops for youngsters, held during the Church Street Fair in a big white tent on the lawn of the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. Each year MusicalMe, Inc., opens our activities with a sweet Saturday morning Music Together circle time for your littlest ones. For the rest of the weekend, kids and their families enjoy drop-in hands-on workshops taught by professional local artists, inspired by a wide variety of mediums and traditions. All workshops are free for children and their families! Special thanks to Mariposa’s Art at Arts Council Santa Cruz for assistance in curating our artist workshops!

 

 

2017 CHURCH STREET STAGE PERFORMANCES

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 (11:15am-7:45pm)

11:15-12:00 COASTAL PRAIRIE BAND (American Folk Music)

12:15-12:45  SANTA CRUZ BALLET THEATRE (European Dance)

1:00-2:00    KUZANGA (Marimba Band)

2:15-3:00     SHAKTI BHAKTI ENSEMBLE (Classical Indian Dance)

3:15-4:00     GAMELAN ARTHA NEGARA (Balinese Music)

4:15-5:00     DESERT DREAM MUSIC AND DANCE (Middle Eastern Dance)

5:15-6:15      FLOR DE CANA (Carribean/Latin Music)

6:30-7:45     BROKEN ENGLISH (Carribean/Latin Music)


SUNDAY, AUGUST 6
(11:15am-7:45pm)

11:15-12:00 GREAT MORGANI (Costumed Accoridionist)

12:15-12:45 EL SISTEMA SANTA CRUZ (Elementary School Music Program)

1:00             FREE FAMILY CONCERT (inside the Civic)

2:30-3:15     WATSONVILLE TAIKO (Japanese Drumming)

3:30-4:00    RAIZES DO BRASIL (Capoeira)

4:15-5:00     THE FIRE (Scottish Band)

5:15-6:15     PAPIBA AND FRIENDS (Brazilian Bossa Nova)

6:30-7:45     POST STREET RHYTHM PEDDLERS (New Orleans Brass)


Location: Street in front of Civic Auditor, Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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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
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FREE Daily Entertainment
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Beach Boardwalk
FREE Daily Entertainment June 20 - August 14, Noon - 6pm
Date: Every day (Jun 19-Aug 18) from 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: FREE shows noon - 6pm

FREE Daily Entertainment

 

Boardwalk

Engaging performers invite you to be a part of the show!

World-class magicians, acrobats, jugglers, and comedians-all performing FREE at two stages inside the park.

Neptune's Stage located next to Pirate Ship.
Cave Train Stage located near Cave Train.

The Entertainers

Bob at Large Bob's act might make you a little nervous, but his Rolla Bolla balancing, juggling, and unicycle skills are top notch. Entertainer Website 
Greg Frisbee This funny guy has a few tricks up his sleeve like fire juggling, a straight jacket and a rubber chicken! Entertainer Website 
Kevin Armour Acrobatics, hand-balancing, and contortion. 
Marcus Raymond Hysterical comedy, amazing juggling feats & extraordinary escapology. 
Mike Goudeau Professional entertainer and juggler with many years experience working alongside other professionals such as Lance Burton and Penn & Teller. Entertainer Website 
Ryan Kane Award-winning magic show! Entertainer Website 
Scotty & Trink This pair's hilarious combination of comedy and juggling, unicycles and bad judgment will keep you laughing. Entertainer Website

Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-423-2053 •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‚Äč
Come visit our adoptable animals from 12-4pm! 
(weather permitting)

  PET PALS
  3660 Soquel Drive
‚Äč  Soquel, CA


Location: 3660 Soquel Drive, Soquel 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.

 

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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
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 PŠjaro Valleyís past.
Date: Every day (Mar 18-Dec 30) from 11:00am to 3:00pm

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

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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
Junior Rangers & Little Rangers
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State Park Henry Cowell
Fun in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park with a Park Naturalist
Date: Every Su, Mon, Th, Fri and Sa (Jul 3-Sep 3) from 11:00am to 12:15pm
Ages: 7-12
Special Instructions: Jr 7-12 & Little 3-6 ~ Note different times

Junior Rangers
Thursdays through Mondays in July at 10:30am
Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore, practice outdoor skills and play games as you learn about plants, animals, geology, and more. This one-hour program is for kids ages 7-12. Sorry parents, this program is for kids only! Please be sure your child is dressed for active play in the outdoors. Meet at Campfire Center, in the campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

 

Little Rangers
Thursdays through Mondays in July at 9:30am
This fun program is for children ages 3-6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This half-hour program will introduce youngsters to the wonders of the redwood forest. Meet at Campfire Center, in the campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

 


Location: Campfire Center, 2591 Graham Hill Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Shakespeare Summer
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Santa CruzShakespeare
The 39 Steps, Measure for Measure, The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Jul 5-Sep 23)
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: vary

Santa Cruz Shakespeare Announces 2017Summer Festival Productions featuring a co-­‚Äźproduction with Cal Shakes, classic Shakespeare, and the outrageous comedy/Hitchcock spoof The 39 Step.

 

Show Dates  ~   Tickets   Get Directions

 

Santa Cruz Shakespeare is thrilled to announce ts 2017summer season, with repertory performances beginning July 7 and running through August at its new home in DeLaveaga Park. For its second season in the company's new outdoor venue, The Audrey Stanley Grove in DeLaveaga Park,

 

SCS will kick off summer performances with the hilarious comedy, The 39 Steps,adapted by Patrick Barlow. The 39 Steps opens July 8, featuring the entirety of the 1935 Hitchcock adventure film to be played by only four actors.

 

Measure for Measure, Shakespeare's treatise on the balance of justice and mercy opens July 21in a co-­‚Äźproduction with California Shakespeare Theater(Cal Shakes). The production will be performed first in Santa Cruz and then move to CalShakes' Bruns Amphitheater for performances in September and October.

 

The final mainstage production of the season opens August 4 with The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Shakespeare's sexy comedy of young love, infidelity, and friendship. All three shows run in repertory after opening.

 

Plus, Santa Cruz Shakespeare continues the tradition of showcasing the season's intern acting company with its celebratory Fringe production. Tickets go on sale May 15, 2016 with a Santa Cruz ShakespeareMember pre-­‚Äźsale starting May 1, and can be purchased online at santacruzshakespeare.org.

 

Santa Cruz Shakespeare will once again offer a "Free Youth Ticket"to one of its productions, a program initiated in 2015 to encourage the introduction of Shakespeare to the next generation. This year, those 18 and under accompanied by a paying adult will receive a free groundling ticket to The Two Gentlemen of Veron.


Location: DeLaveaga Park, 501 Upper Park Rd, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 460-6399 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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
Guided Walks
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State Park Butano
Join Naturalist Interpreter Eleanor for a 2-hour stroll
Date: Every Sa (Aug 5-Sep 2) from 1:00pm to 3:00pm


Guided Walks

Saturdays at 1 pm
Join Naturalist Interpreter Eleanor for a 2-hour stroll along the .... Meet at .... Bring water, snacks, and binoculars. All ages welcome. No pets.


Location: 1500 Cloverdale Rd, Pescadero Map
Phone: (650) 879-2040 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Scottish Games & Celtic Festival
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Scottish Society of the Monterey Peninsula
Pipe bands, Drum Major and Solo and Pipe Band competitions, Highland Dancing, Irish Step Dancing, Sheepdog Herding and...
Date: Every day (Aug 5-Aug 6) from 9:00am to 6:00pm


This very popular Celtic celebration brings the music, dance, food and athletic events of Scotland and Ireland to Monterey County. 

 

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This very popular Celtic celebration brings the music, dance, food and athletic events of Scotland and Ireland to Monterey County.

The Festival features fun activities for the whole family, including wonderful games for the wee ones. Travel to Scotland, Ireland and England without leaving the Monterey Peninsula at this unique annual event.

The Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival offers a variety of live Celtic entertainment with the thrilling sights and sounds of the massed pipe bands on parade featuring hundreds of pipers and drummers, including many award-winning California-based pipe bands. The event includes talented Highland, Country and other types of costumed dancers, special entertainers, athletes, dozens of clans, two very popular whisky tasting seminars, delicious Celtic food, beautiful jewelry and crafts, fun and interactive children's games with prizes, sheepdog and duck herding and much more.  This fun event for all ages is a celebration full of demonstrations, performances and musical entertainment related to many fascinating aspects of Scottish and Gaelic culture.

 

The Children's Glen hosts a number of activities for the little ones. Children of all ages can participate in downsized, mini athletic events (such as caber toss, pillow over the bar and braemar stone putt.) There are also a number of Celtic craft projects and the ever-popular Celtic Quest: hunting for various sites throughout the Festival and returning for a prize.

 

Living History A historical re-enactment portraying life in 16th century Scotland. Performers will entertain and educate you though the medium of living history.

 

Sheep Dogs Watch as these intelligent and highly skilled dogs gently herd sheep and ducks, under their handlers every command. Introduced to livestock as puppies so they "imprint" on the animals these animals are always able to get their ducks in a row! Don't miss this demonstration of instinct combined with careful training and

 

Tickets: Advance discount presale Monterey Scottish Festival tickets are on sale at www.montereyscotgames.com. Advance tickets are available through midnight August 5th and at the gate during both days of the Festival. 


Location: Monterey County Fair & Event Cen, 2004 Fairground Rd, Monterey Map
Phone: (831) 682-2022 •website Monterey create a direct event link
Campfire Programs
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State Park Henry Cowell
Sing songs, play games, hear stories and learn all about our unique and beautiful park
Date: Every Th, Fri and Sa (Jun 30-Sep 3) at 8:00pm

Special Instructions: (not July 22, and July 29)

Campfire Programs

Join us in our campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about redwood ecology, creatures of the forest or stories of the park while relaxing in the shadows of the towering trees. Wheelchair, stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome! Campground entrance is located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

 


Location: 101 Big Trees Park Rd, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Campfire & Music
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State Park New Brighton
Campfire & Music Saturdays through Labor Day
Date: Every Fri and Sa (Jul 1-Sep 3) at 7:30pm


New Brighton State Beach

The park is located in Capitola, just south of Santa Cruz.

Visitor Center Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am to 4pm | Phone (831) 464-5620

 

Campfire Programs

Friday nights at 7:30pm

Join us in our campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about ecology, creatures of the ocean or stories of the park while relaxing under the night sky. Event is free; parking is $10. For more information, please call (831) 464-5620. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

Summer Concert Series

Saturday Nights at 7:30pm

Join California State Parks in welcoming New Brighton beaches weekly outdoor concert series. Every Saturday in July, we will be featuring a local musician at our campfire center. Performers include Watsonville Taiko Drummers, Western Sing-a-long with Michelle Kiba, Designated Drivers, Indonesian Gamelan, and Simmons Family Band. Event is free; parking is $10. For more information, please call (831) 464-5620. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

If you have a park pass, the parking is free, if not it's $10.


Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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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
Day Out with ThomasTM
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Roaring Camp
A train ride with ThomasTM, picture taking with Sir Topham Hatt,TM temporary tattoos, face painting, bounce houses, storytelling
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Jul 28-Aug 6)
Admission Fees: $20 - $24
Special Instructions: July 28-30 & Aug 4-6

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Day Out with ThomasTM

JULY 28 - 30 & AUGUST 4 - 6

Join Thomas the Tank EngineTM for the Friendship Tour 2017 through the Big Trees. Your ticket includes a fun-filled day of activities: a train ride with ThomasTM, picture taking with Sir Topham Hatt,TM temporary tattoos, face painting, bounce houses, storytelling, bubble making, live entertainment, train play tables, and more! So bring the family, come early, and enjoy the day.

Purchase tickets here

 

Tickets are $20; $24 for peak times (Saturdays and Sundays 10:30am 2:30pm)
Day of ticket sales are $24.


Location: Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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Art Classes
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Santa Cruz Art League
The Santa Cruz Art League has a wide variety of classes: drop-in, weekend, series...
Date: Every day (Aug 1-Dec 15)


2017 Art Classes

The Santa Cruz Art League has a wide variety of classes at a variety of times. Is your week too hectic for our series classes? Consider taking one of our Weekend Workshops. Already have some skills and looking for a place to draw after work? Consider popping by our weekly, drop-in life drawing session (see description below).

2017 Art Classes

 

Please note: When you sign up for a class you will get a "receipt" from Presto Biz (that does not mean you are in the class.) PrestoBiz then sends the request to us and we process your payment here at the Art League if there is room in the class.


Location: Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-5787 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival
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City of Watsonville
Strawberries, music, food and strawberries every way you can imagine
Date: Every day (Aug 5-Aug 6) from 10:00am to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

The Annual Watsonville Strawberry Festival at Monterey Bay is in downtown Watsonville.

 

The festival offers activities and contests for all ages,family-friendly atmosphere,arts and crafts and a variety of entertainment including:

 

"Strawberry lovers will unite for one of Watsonville's premier outdoor events at the Annual Monterey Bay Strawberry Festivalin the historic downtown plaza.

The multi-faceted celebration will serve up a menu of delectable strawberry delights, non-stop live community entertainment for young and old on two stages, gooey contests for berry lovers of all ages, arts and crafts, a special children's area with strawberry projects, Strawberry Carnival, and much, much more.

From fresh strawberries to strawberry tamales, you'll be able to satisfy your strawberry appetite.

 

Other food items available include tacos, pepper steak sandwiches, Falafels, Greek delicacies, barbecued sandwiches, pizza, sausage, kettle corn and hot dogs."

 

 


Location: Downtown Plaza, Main St, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-768-3240 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Arboretum Garden Free Day
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
A tranquil place to see plants from around the world plus quail, bunnies...
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Free Day 1st Tuesday

 With more than 300 plant species, ranging from Santa Cruz natives to rare and threatened plants of unusual scientific interest, the Arboretum is the place to see a variety of flora, fauna, birds and more. Meet at Norrie's Gift Shop.

 

Come and see native flora from around the globe, including California, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and Chile. The Arboretum offers many rich opportunities for casual visitors, researchers, students, members, and friends. You can find more information by visiting our About page.


1st Tuesday of every month. Free admission to the Arboretum.  The Arboretum is open each day from 9 am to 5 pm. (Closed only on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.) Directions and information about admission can be found here.


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Hymns and Chants: Music of the Mission
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State Park Mission
Living History Demonstration of music of the missions
Date: 08/05/2017 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free!

Hymns & Chants
From dawn until dusk music could be heard at the missions.  Bells indicated daily events, congregations sang masses, and indigenous rhythms were heard. Then, as now, music expressed beliefs, culture, and identity. We'll share these stories and songs as we explore a day of music at the mission. Rain or shine.

 

Saturday, August 5 from 1pm to 2pm
Discover how people have expressed their beliefs, culture, and identity through music at the Santa Cruz Mission.


Location: end of School Street, Santa Cruz Map
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