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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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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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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
2017 WELLNESS FAIR
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College of Botanical Healing Arts
Holistic Health Wellness Fair bringing together traditional and alternative practitioners, businesses and educational institutio
Date: 08/26/2017 from 11:00am to 5:00pm

Special Instructions: between Pacific and Cedar

2017 WELLNESS FAIR

Each year COBHA sponsors a Holistic Health Wellness Fair bringing together traditional and alternative practitioners, businesses and educational institutions reflecting our diverse Santa Cruz Community. Our aim is to promote personal and community wellness and sustainability through networking and education. 2017 will be our 12th annual fair!

 

~Please come and enjoy~

Knowledgeable guest speakers
Hands-on practitioners
Locally prepared healthy foods
Live Music
Mind/body healing
Locally produced products for wellness
Product samples
Locally prepared health foods

 


Location: Lincoln St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 8314621807 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Tequila & Taco Music Festival
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Tequila & Taco Music Festival
Family Day on Sunday vating delicious tacos, all while enjoying a great music lineup
Date: Every day (Aug 26-Aug 27) from 11:30am to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: $10- $60
Special Instructions: Children under 12 free

3rd Annual Tequila & Taco Music Festival is back in Downtown Santa Cruz at beautiful San Lorenzo Park!

Join us for TWO days of fun in the sun on Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th! Saturday will showcase top-shelf Tequilas sampling, while you indulge on gourmet tacos! Enjoy Live Music, Margaritas, Craft Beer and Art Vendors in a picturesque park setting.

Sunday Funday is Mas Margaritas! Bring the family and enjoy a sunny summer afternoon, sipping on an assortment of Margaritas, eating delicious tacos, all while enjoying a great music lineup! There is no Tequila Sampling on Sunday.

All ticket holders both days will have access to Food Vendors, Craft Beer, Margarita Booths, and Live Music.


Tequila Sampling: 11:00 am-3:00 pm SATURDAY ONLY
All other alcohol sales will end at 5:00 pm
Live Music until 5:30 pm.
NO Tequila Sampling on Sunday.

Top-Shelf Tequila Sampling Gourmet Street Tacos Craft Beer Arts & Craft Vendors Live Music All Day Award Winning Margaritas

Premiere Two Day Pass $60
Saturday Tequila Experience $40
General Admission $10 (Saturday and Sunday)

Kids 12 and Under are Free.

No refunds this is a rain or shine event.

Eventbrite - Tequila & Taco Music Festival - Santa Cruz August 22nd & 23rd


Location: San Lorenzo Park, 701 Ocean St, Santa Cruz 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
87th Annual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition
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Santa Cruz Art League
California's foothills, mountains, seashores, and deserts of the interior and coastal regions by California artists
Date: Every day (Aug 11-Sep 10)


87th Annual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition

For almost nine decades, the Santa Cruz Art League's Statewide Landscape Exhibition has showcased the work of artists across the Golden State who depict California's foothills, mountains, seashores, and deserts of the interior and coastal regions.

 

  • Exhibition: August 11, Friday, to September 10, Sunday - 2017
  • Reception: August 19, Saturday   3:00pm - 5:00pm

Above artwork "Bellagio" by juror Frank Galuska


Location: Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-5787 •website Santa Cruz 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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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-­‐production 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-­‐production 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-­‐sale 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
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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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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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
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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Introduction to Positive Discipline
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Learn the core concepts, theories, and practices of Positive Discipline
Date: 08/26/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: adults Admission Fees: $20.00

Learn the core concepts, theories, and practices of Positive Discipline, and how it differs greatly from the mainstream positive parenting approaches.

 

Limited scholarships are sometimes available. Childcare 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
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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Parks & Rex - Pool Party!
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Everyone will have a blast at this end-of-summer summer celebration, which will include with local craft beer, wine, great food
Date: 08/26/2017 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: Advance: $15 Age 21+/$5 ages 4-20/age 3 & under free. At the door: $17 age 21+/$7 ages 4-20/age 3 & under free.
Special Instructions: Buy tickets in advance and save!

(0 Aug 2017) POOLPARTY_Ad.jpgParks and Rex: A fundraiser event for County of Santa Cruz youth recreation programs and the Animal Shelter!


Everyone will have a blast at this end-of-summer summer celebration, which will include with local craft beer, wine, great food (vegetarian options available), bbq pizza, Marianne's Ice Cream, games, music, and fun in the pool for adults, children, and your dog, too!  Join Santa Cruz County Parks and the Animal shelter for the 3rd annual Parks & Rex "Pool Party" FUNdraiser on August 26 from 12-4 p.m, at the Simpkins Family Swim Center.  All proceeeds will benefit County Parks youth programs and Animal Shelter programs.   

 

The 50-meter pool will have scheduled activities for adults and children, including inner tubes, Wibit (inflatable play apparatus), Walk-on-Water Balls, stand-up paddle boards, water slide, and a climbing wall. Adults will have a chance to win some great prizes in the day-of raffle, and enjoy a massage.  NEW this year - Dogs will be invited for a dip in the larger warm-water pool, enjoy pampering at the doggie day-spa (featuring mani-pedi services), and take part in other pup-tastic activities in the expanded doggie area - including hot dog bobbing! 

 

Raffle tickets will soon be available for the big-prize raffle, which will feature four great prize packages valued at approximately $500 each. Please check back end of July for more information.

 

Get your tickets now, online, and save!  Adult Tickets - click HERE.  Kids Tickets - click HERE.

Tickets on the day of the event will be available at the door - $17 for adults and $7 for anyone under age 21. Kids ages 3 and under, as well as dogs, get in free!   Don't miss this fun day in the sun benefitting local kids and shelter animals.


Location: Simpkins Family Swim Center, 979 17th Ave., SANTA CRUZ Map
Phone: (831) 454-7901 •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

Navigating t! he Garden

 

Free Admission Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden

 

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

Last entry: Fall & Winter

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

From a reviewer: 9/12/2016

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


Location: Golden Gate Park, 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco Map
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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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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
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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 Pjaro Valleys 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
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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
Science Saturday: Fossils
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Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Decorate a fossil necklace, dig for real fossils, create casts, and more
Date: 08/26/2017 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: free and open to all

(0 July 2017) fossils.jpgScience Saturday is back!

Decorate a fossil necklace, dig for real fossils, create casts, and more. Spend the day learning about the animals and plants that lived on earth before humans. The Carmel Valley Gem and Mineral Society have partnered to lead Science Saturday this month, and they will have their private fossil collections on display.

 

Check out real fossils, take history home with you, and discover creatures millions of years old!

The Museum is located blocks from the beach and a minute drive from the Monterey Bay Aquarium in beautiful historic downtown Pacific Grove.


Location: 165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove Map
Phone: 831-648-5716 •website Pacific Grovecreate a direct event link
Dahlia Show
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Monterey Bay Dahlia Society
Hundreds of Dahlias
Date: Every day (Aug 26-Aug 27)
Admission Fees: Free

(0 Aug 2017) Dahlia5Image.jpgAnnual Dahlia Bloom Show

 

Hundreds of Dahlias
Sat 8/26, 11a-10p  and  Sun 8/27,11a-4p

 

Free admission, seminars, discussions
raffles

 

 


Location: MAH, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Storytime at Abbott Square
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Library Central
SCPL is bringing storytimes outside to this fantastic new community space
Date: The last Sa of every month (Jun 29-Aug 31) at 10:00am

Special Instructions: English

Storytimes at Abbott Square

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In Celebration of the New Abbott Square, SCPL is bringing storytimes outside to this fantastic new community space.

English language storytimes will be held at 10:00am on the last Thursday of the month in June, July, and August, replacing our regular weekly Thursday storytime at the Downtown Branch for that week. Those Thursdays fall on June 29th, July 27th, and August 31st.

 

We'll also have Spanish storytimes at 5:30pm on the second Monday of the month in July, August, and September. These events will replace our weekly Live Oak Branch storytime, Cuentame un Cuento for that week. These Mondays fall on July 10th, August 14th, and September 11th.

 

Cuentame un Cuento será presentado en Abbott Square el segundo lunes del mes en julio, agosto y septiembre.

Abbott Square is located at 118 Cooper Street, next to the Santa Cruz Musuem of Art and History. We hope you'll join us.

Family storytimes are a great way to bring people together while promoting literacy for young children. The library system holds regular weekly storytimes for toddlers and preschool age children, as well as a weekly family storytime in Spanish. Visit santacruzpl.org/calendar for locations and times.


Location: Abbott Square, 118 Cooper 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.

 

Go here for entertainer list.


Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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Garden Plant Exchange
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Live Oak Grange
Bring anything from your garden to trade with like minded gardeners
Date: The 4th Sa of every month from 8:00am to 9:00am
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Fundraiser for grange

The Grange Garden Exchange

 

(0 July 2017) GrangeGardenPhotowSquash.jpgGardeners are encouraged to bring anything from their garden to trade with like minded gardeners. Possibilities include volunteers, cuttings, bulbs, seeds, specimen plants as well as gardening related tools, books and pots. You need not bring anything in order to take something. For more information or questions please contact gardencruzer@gmail.com Tell and bring your friends!

 

The Grange Garden Exchange is held on the 4th Saturday of the month from 8-9am in the Live Oak Grange Parking Lot
Gardeners are encouraged to bring anything from their garden to trade with like minded gardeners. Possibilities include volunteers, cuttings, bulbs, seeds, specimen plants as well as gardening related tools, books and pots.  You need not bring anything in order to take something.

 

For more information or questions please contact gardencruzer@gmail.com  Tell and bring your friends!

 

 


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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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
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
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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