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Maryjo Koch and the Art of Scientific Illustration
Koch is one of the world's most accomplished naturalist painters around. Exquisite detail!
Every Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Jan 24-Mar 16) from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: 11 Cowell Service Road, Santa Cruz Map

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Maryjo Koch and the Art of Scientific Illustration

popout1804-maryjoMaryjo Koch doesn't overlook the little things. When it comes to painting birds nests and honeybees, every little twig and hair matters. With acute attention to detail and precision, Koch is one of the world's most accomplished naturalist painters around.

 

Her hyperrealistic specimens are often found in the Santa Cruz Mountains, where Koch works. She has illustrated 18 books, and her work has been featured across the globe.

 

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Tuesday-Saturday 12 PM-5 PM
Holidays and campus breaks observed.

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Cheer and Dance Competition
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Beach Boardwalk
Great fun watching cheer and dance teams!
Date: 09/30/2017 from 9:00am to 2:00pm


(0 Sept 2017) Boardwalk_CheerDance.jpgNorthern California's ONLY Cheer & Dance Competition with warm sand, cool surf and hot rides!


High school, junior high, all-star, and youth sports teams compete to qualify for 2018 USA National Events.

 

 

Awards at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Bandstand


Competition and Performances at the Kaiser Permanente Arena

$5 admission to competition and performance area (free for ages 5 and under). 

Purchase your competition viewing tickets.

Click here for the Boardwalk to Arena Route Map.

 


Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz 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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The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch
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Great GlassPumpkin Patch
Glass pumpkins and autumnal fruits and vegetables, glass-blowing demonstrations...
Date: Every day (Sep 26-Oct 1)
Ages: Children are welcome! Admission Fees: Free

The 22nd Annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch® 
2017 Event Dates
Exhibition: September 26 - 29
Sale: September 30 & October 1

 

Live Glassblowing Saturday and Sunday! Our participating artists will be wowing the crowds with live glassblowing demonstrations all weekend. You'll have a chance to see your favorite artists blow pumpkins right before your eyes. So come enjoy some hot molten glass every half hour between 11am and 4pm Saturday and Sunday. 


Largest Glass Pumpkin Patch in Northern California; Sale to Benefit Arts Nonprofits

 

(0 Sept 2017) Pumpkins_Glass.jpgThe Great Glass Pumpkin Patch at the Palo Alto Art Center will celebrate its 22nd consecutive year as the largest glass pumpkin patch of its kind in Northern California Sept. 26-Oct. 1 with a huge selection of colorful pumpkins and gourds, glass-blowing demonstrations, and more.

During the free family-friendly autumn celebration, visitors are invited to wander through an outdoor installation of more than 10,000 unique glass pumpkins. The glass pumpkins will be on exhibit from Sept. 26-29, and will be available for purchase Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.  at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

"This year's Great Glass Pumpkin Patch promises to be a great experience for longtime collectors and families," said Damon Gustafson, Executive Director of the Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI). "Our participating artists will be wowing the crowds with live glassblowing demonstrations all weekend. Members of the public will have a chance to see their favorite artists blow pumpkins right before their eyes, every half hour between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on September 30 and October 1."

This is the only sale of glass pumpkins that supports the presenting local arts and nonprofit organizations: the Bay Area Glass Institute; Palo Alto Art Center; and Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, as well as participating artists.


Location: Palo Alto Art Cente, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto Map
Phone: 650.329.2366 •website Palo Altocreate 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
Phone: (415) 661-1316 •website San Franciscocreate a direct event link
Young Writers Contest
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Bookshop Santa Cruz
Enter the young writers contest
Date: Every day (Jun 1-Oct 1)


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


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

Download an Entry Form

 

Submit an Entry Online

 


Location: 1540 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-423-0900 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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

SCPL News

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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Halloween Scary Boo! & Spooky Zoo
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Gilroy Gardens
Trick'r Treating for the kids through our four "Boo Zones". Collect clues and get a goodie bag
Date: Every day (Sep 30-Oct 29) from 11:00am to 6:00pm


Scarecrow Alley on Sycamore Bridge - Community Scarecrow displays brought to you by local charities and businesses. Groups who are chosen to decorate receive complimentary tickets to Gilroy Gardens for their organization.


Trick'r Treating for the kids through our four "Boo Zones". Collect clues and get a goodie bag at our Welcome Center! (Children in costume welcome, no adult costumes please.)

  • Kiddie Hay Maze - just for the little ones with friendly ghosts.
  • Pinnacles Scary Maze - the twists and turns reveal Halloween scenes.
  • Spider's Lair - come see what's happened to Monarch Garden!
  • Spooky Zoo - Our Petting Zoo becomes spookified! For the Faint of Heart-one side of the zoo is still the cute and cuddly animals you love. But for the Brave of Heart-enter if you dare! The creepy critter side has reptiles and spooky creatures you can get up close and personal with. See snakes, lizards, toads, dragons, tarantulas, giant bugs and more! Additional charge for Petting Zoo-Adults FREE with paying Child. $5 per Child. (Not included with Membership or Park Admission.) All proceeds go to Pony Up! for the care of the animals.

And visit our Pumpkin Patch...featuring our very own PARK-GROWN pumpkins!


Location: 3050 Heckler Pass, Gilroy Map
Phone: (408) 840-7100 •website Gilroy create a direct event link
Open Studio Preview
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Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County
The Cultural Council's Open Studios Art Tour brings artists and art enthusiasts together--from the redwoods to the sea
Date: Every Su and Sa (Sep 30-Oct 22)


Open Studio Preview

Saturday, September 30 - Sunday, October 22, 2017

Reception: October 1, Sunday 3:00pm - 6:00pm

In partnership with the Santa Cruz County Arts Council, the Open Studios Preview Exhibition will offer a sneak peak of the great art of over 300 Santa Cruz County artists participating in the Open Studios Art Tours in the first three weekends in October.

For details, please visit the Santa Cruz Arts Council's site, www.artscouncilsc.org/open-studios/

 


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Harvest Faire & Steam Festival
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Roaring Camp
Admission is FREE for the whole family October 4-5 and children with a Steam Train ticket get to pick out a free pumpkin from ou
Date: Every day (Sep 30-Oct 1)
Admission Fees: Adults: $45 ~ Children: $35 (ages 2-12)

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Harvest Faire & Steam Festival

 

Step into the incredible world of steam power at the Harvest Faire & Steam Festival presented by Kinetic Steam Works and Roaring Camp Railroads. Welcome Fall with heritage children's activities like scarecrow making, pumpkin patch picking, candle making and gold panning. Behold a variety of steam and belt-powered equipment on display.

 

Admission is FREE for the whole family September 30th and October 1st and children with a Steam Train ticket get to pick out a free pumpkin from our Harvest Pumpkin Patch on Bear Mountain.

 

Harvest & Steam themed activities include 'Make & Take' Scarecrows, Blacksmith and Print Shop demonstrations, gold panning, candle making and much more.

 

Purchase Steam Train Tickets Here.


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Fall Fest Walnut Avenue
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Walnut Ave Women's Center
Live music, food, beer, wine and activities for kids. Funds raised will support this important community organization.
Date: 09/30/2017 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 Sept 2017) FallFestWalnutAve.jpgWelcome to Fall Fest 2017!

Food Trucks/Beer and Wine Garden, Live Music, Farmer's Market and Street Fair, Center Tours and Family Fun & More!

 

Join the center for their annual festival in the street in downtown Santa Cruz. This street fair will be held in the middle of Walnut avenue and will feature live music, food, beer, wine and activities for kids. Funds raised will support this important community organization.


Location: 303 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-3062 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Thriller Dance Classes!
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City of Santa Cruz
Classes on Saturdays so you can Dance the Thriller on Halloween
Date: Every day (Sep 16-Oct 21) at 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free

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Get your zombie make up ready! FREE Thriller dance classes at the Louden Nelson Community Center begin Saturday Sept 16 at 10:00 am.

 

Drop in!

 

 

BIG THRILLER DANCE EVENT OCT. 28

 


Location: Louden Nelson Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Renaissance Faire Weekends
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Northern California Renaissance Faire
Pageantry, Revelry, Crafts and Romance
Date: Every Su and Sa (Sep 30-Oct 15) from 10:00am to 6:00pm


Theme Weekends

September 16th & 17th
Opening Weekend

New this year! Opening weekend special is now available for purchase online. No waiting in line at the Box Office to use your coupon. This year buy your opening weekend individual one day General Admission ticket online at the low price of $18 (a $10 savings!) plus processing fee.Online purchase only. Click here!
September 23rd & 24th
Pirate Invasion
Beware of pirates invading the village of Willingtown. The Queen's Royal Guardsmen are on the look out for pillaging Privateers and ne'er do well seafarers. Children 7 and under can meet the Queen in our annual wee pirate costume contest.
September 30th & October 1st
Heroes & Warriors
We honor our military and invite you to celebrate as your favorite hero. Be it a knight in shining armor, or an Amazon Princess, all warriors are welcome.
October 7th & 8th
Oktoberfest
The Saint Hubertus German Mercenaries and their camp followers have arrived in the village to meet with the Queen. Kick off the Harvest season and raise a mug of Willingtown ale along side of them as they celebrate Oktoberfest.
October 14th & 15th
Fantasy Forever
Join the fun and find your fantasy in our lively, little village as we welcome curious creatures and fantastical folk born from the imaginations of our guests. From ancient mystical creatures to Shakespearean fairies to futuristic time travelers, all are welcome.

 

Fantasy Costume Contest, Saturday!
Adults and children can register at the Centre Stage in the Food Court and be presented to the Queen. Times and details to be determined.

 

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Location: Casa De Fruta, 10031 Pacheco Pass Hwy, Hollister Map
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Moonlight Steam Train Dinner Party
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Roaring Camp
Moonlight Steam Train Dinner Party
Date: 09/30/2017 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Admission Fees: Adults: $56 ~ Children: $41 (ages 2-12)

 

Treat yourself to an evening of fun and relaxation at Roaring Camp's Western Moonlight Dinner Train Party. Start with a hearty barbecue steak dinner followed by a leisurely train ride aboard vintage railway cars. The steam train stops atop Bear Mountain to a glowing campfire, hot cider and musical sing-along. Upon returning to Roaring Camp, hot apple pie and a country western band await you. Get into the swing of things by line dancing or two-stepping the night away.

 

The event runs from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.

JULY 1, AUGUST 26 & SEPTEMBER 30

 


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Calendar Contest
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Elkhorn Slough
Elkhorn Slough Calendar Photography Contest
Date: Every day (Apr 22-Nov 18)
Admission Fees: (Fee event: ESF Non-member $40/Member $35)

Elkhorn Slough Calendar Photography Contest

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Location: Porter Ranch, 1700 Elkhorn Rd, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 728-2822 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Nature Club
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State Park Big Basin
Nature for the little ones!
Date: Every day (Sep 2-Sep 30)
Ages: 3-6 and families Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Sept 2, 3, 4, 30

Big Basin Nature Club
Saturday, September 2 at 4:30 pm
AND Sunday, September 3 at 4:30 pm
AND Monday, September 4, Labor Day at 10 am
AND Saturday, September 30 at 4:30 pm
This fun program is designed 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 the Nature Lodge.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Friends' 4th Edition Gala
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Friends of Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Date: Every day (Sep 16-Oct 21) at 10:00am


Are you brave enough to join Carol P. of Santa Cruz at the Friends' 4th Edition Gala? She's bringing some of the world's scary creatures with Penny Clarke.

Share with your Friends some wild stories at this year's Gala! Reserve your space here: http://fscpl.org/2017-friends-gala/

 


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"9 to 5" MUSICAL
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Mountain Community Theater
Date: Every day (Sep 22-Oct 21)
Admission Fees: $25
Special Instructions: Community Afternoon is Sunday, November 29. Tickets are 2 for $20.

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Mountain Community Theater is proud to present 9 TO 5, THE MUSICAL, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick. 9 TO 5, THE MUSICAL is directed by Daria E. Troxell, with music direction by Nicki Kerns and choreography by Whitney James-Heskett.

 

The production opens at Ben Lomond's historic Park Hall on Friday, September 22, and continues on weekends through Saturday, October 21.

 

Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 2:00 p.m. on October 1, 8, and 15.

 

General Admission tickets are $25.00; student and senior tickets are $20.00. There will be a champagne reception after the show on opening night. "Ladies' Night" is Thursday, September 28 at 8:00 p.m., with two tickets for $22.00. There will also be a special "Talk Back with the Cast and Director" after the Sunday matinee on October 1. Tickets are available at http://mct9to5.brownpapertickets.com/

 

Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture, and set in 1979, this musical comedy of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic. Pushed to the boiling point, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical and bigoted boss, Franklin Hart, Jr. In a turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee manage to kidnap Hart and trap him in his own house, while assuming control of his department. The women work together to help improve both their personal and professional situations. But just how long can they keep him tied up?

 

This show is rated PG-13. Some content may not be appropriate for young children. The show is directed by MCT veteran Daria E. Troxell, with music direction by Nicki Kerns and choreography by Whitney James-Heskett. More information regarding the creative staff is available at: https://mctshows.org/press-release/

 

The cast features MCT favorites as well as new faces that we are proud to present to MCT audiences for the first time: MarNae Taylor (Violet Newstead), Sandi Lewandowski (Judy Bernly), Morgan Peters (Doralee Rhodes), W. Scott Whisler (Franklin Hart, Jr.), Sarah Marsh (Roz Keith), Maxwell Björk (Josh), Benjamin Canant (Joe), Bobby Gerbode (Dwayne), Phillip Heskett (Dick), Mary Ann LoBalbo (Missy Hart), Shannon Marie Kerr (Kathy), Amanda Payne (Maria), Jennie Edwards (Margaret), Jackson Wolffe (Tinsworthy), and ensemble members Kate Cunningham, Dave Halper, Mary Hanrahan, Scott Kravitz, Hayley Mears, Sally Munro, Alexie Sadri and Cassandra Stipes.

 

Mountain Community Theater (MCT) is the longest-running community theater in Santa Cruz County, started in 1982 by a collective of actors. MCT is a member-run non-profit organization that relies on support from its performances, season subscribers, and royalties from its own company-created script, "Miracle on 34th Street, the Play." For more about MCT and its "Miracle," visit https://mctshows.org/our-miracle/.

 


Location: Park Hall, 9400 Mill St., Ben Lomond Map
Phone: 831.336.4777 •website Ben Lomond create a direct event link
Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: Every Su and Sa from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Weekends from 11:00am-3:00pm, tours of the ranch houses at 1:00pm

Wilder Ranch Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

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

 

Call (831) 426-0505 for more details.


Location: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
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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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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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Animal Advocates Afterschool Club
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Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
Club offers opportunities for young animal lovers
Date: Every day

Special Instructions: Starts up in October

Animal Advocates Afterschool Club

Youth Service Clubs at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter


The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter provides after-school clubs for two age groups (1st - 5th & 6th - 12th grades), encouraging and supporting the young animal lovers in our community to learn and grow as compassionate stewards. Membership is required and space in the Clubs is very limited so sign-up today!

 

If there are fewer than four registrations for any month, there will be no Club and refunds will be issued. All registrations must be completed the week before Club for that month begins. Refunds are only offered is Club is canceled.  


Kids Animal Advocates (1st - 5th graders)

What: Students learn about animals and do projects to help the Shelter pets.

When & Where: Tuesdays 4:00-6:00pm, at Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, 2200 7th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA

How Much: $60 - $80 monthly, depending on the month

Click here for further information and to register!



Youth Animal Advocates (5th - 9th graders)

What: Youth volunteers learn about animals and animal welfare, help pets during their stay at the Shelter, and earn Service Hours.

When & Where: Wednesdays 4:00 - 6:00 pm, at Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, 2200 7th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA

How Much: $60 - $80 monthly, depending on the month

Click here for further information and to register!


If you have further questions, please call 831-454-7235 or email jen.walker@santacruzcounty.us


Location: 2200 7th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Money Matters Financial Literacy Series
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Library Scotts Valley
Sunnyside Up How to Crack Your Retirement Nest Egg
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month (Sep 16-May 19) from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

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


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Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Thunderbirds on the Wharf
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Monterey Bay Classic Thunderbird Club
Come see classic Thunderbirds from all over the west.
Date: 09/30/2017 from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

The Monterey Bay Classic Thunderbird Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of classic Thunderbirds. Our members enjoy showing and driving their Thunderbirds in Car Shows and on club outings.

 

We are the host of the annual event "THUNDERBIRDS ON THE SANTA CRUZ WHARF", featuring the classic 1955-1957 and the 1958-1965 vintage Thunderbirds. Each year about 100 Thunderbirds and hundreds of people participated in the show. Spectators from throughout the area come to view the classic Thunderbirds, join in the events and participate in the raffles. Additionally, Thunderbird clubs from all over California and Nevada caravan to the wharf in Santa Cruz to participate. Many stay the weekend. The ocean, the mountains, the wharf, the restaurants, and the retail stores all create a powerful attraction.

 

We encourage car buffs of every age to come out and enjoy our cars. If you are interested in more information about our club, want to join, or have general questions, please feel free to contact us.

 


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Pumpkin Patch, You Pick Pumpkins
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Rodoni Farms
Great local place to pick your pumpkin right from the field and have fun in the corn maze!
Date: Every day (Sep 22-Oct 31)

Special Instructions: 4 miles North of Santa Cruz, California on Hwy. 1

Pumpkins are HERE!!

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Pumpkins and fun are what it's all about! Come roam through the fields of pumpkins. There are so many varieties to choose from! We have hay bales, scary cutouts, and a 5 acre corn maze! We also have fresh Brussels sprouts on the stalk, artichokes, corn stalks, and gourds.
**Pumpkins are priced by size, not weight.

 

Choosing your pumpkin:
There are two methods of choosing your pumpkin to carve. The first way is my favorite. As you stroll through the pumpkin patch a certain individual pumpkin will jump out at you! That's the ONE! The other method is to have a pattern or face in mind and look for a pumpkin that will work with your design. Usually a large stem makes a nice addition to the pumpkin.
Remember!. The more unusual the better!

 

  • Bring your camera! There are many fun photo spots!
  • Come spend the day by the California coastline and hand pick your Halloween pumpkin!
  • We are open every daily, 9 AM - 6 PM from October 1st through Halloween. After Halloween we will remain open on the honor system until Christmas.
  • We are dog friendly. We kindly ask that you keep them on a leash at all times and pick-up after them, if need be.
  • CASH OR CHECK ONLY PLEASE.

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Directions:
Our Pumpkin Patch, U Pick Em Pumpkins, is located at 4444 Coast Rd. (Hwy 1)

4 miles North of Santa Cruz, California on Hwy. 1. Take Mission Street through the center of town and continue on to Hwy. 1 towards San Francisco/ Halfmoon Bay. We are on the right side just after Dimeo Lane.


Location: 4444 Coast Rd. , Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831)426-6438 •website Davenport create a direct event link
Santa Cruz Mountains Harvest Festival
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Santa Cruz Mountains Harvest Festival
Great local artists, wineries, breweries, musicians, games, hayrides and crafts
Date: 09/30/2017 from 11:00am to 6:30pm


(0 Sept 2017) MtnHarvestFest2017.jpgSanta Cruz Mountains Harvest Festival is located in Boulder Creek Ca. This event aims to help raise money for local non-profits as well as contributing money towards other like minded organizations & local companies.

 

The SCM Harvest Festival works with local farms, artists, musicians, downtown BC Merchants and local non-profits. We hope you will come and support your local friends and get involved if you are interested. The event is run through our local Boulder Creek Recreation and Park District and Foundation. Visit our website to see what we do in the community. www.bcrpd.org

 

Hardware Store Parking lot at Forest Street


Phone: 831-588-5628 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Make Miso
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Live Oak Grange
Learn how to make miso, a delicious, high-protein seasoning that has been used everyday in the Japanese kitchen for 1300 years
Date: 09/30/2017 at 10:00am
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Fundraiser for grange

(0 Sept 2017) LiveOakGrange_Miso.jpgThe Live Oak Grange is pleased to have Eriko Yokoyama-Gilman and Masumi Diaz share their knowledge of miso making with us. They will share their excellent koji culture and offer many tips and suggestions from their many years of experience.

In this comprehensive hands on class, each participant will go home with 2 pounds of organic miso mixture in a glass crock to ferment in their own kitchen. Because it is a several day process, the beans will be prepared in advance so we can start the miso during the class. Every step in the process will be explained and demonstrated.

Miso is a delicious, high-protein seasoning that has been used everyday in the Japanese kitchen for 1300 years. Miso's fermentation process restores beneficial probiotics that help break down the amino acids in soybeans and make other foods easier to digest. In this class you'll learn how to make organic miso and explore the many different ways that miso is used.

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Click on the link below to sign up!
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Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Founders Day Special Events
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State Park Big Basin
Honor the Visionaries, Valued Workers and Visitors that shaped the character of Big Basin over the past 109years.
Date: 09/30/2017 from 9:00am to 8:00pm
Ages: Able to do 3.5 mile hike

FOUNDERS' DAY SPECIAL EVENT, Saturday, September 30
Honor the Visionaries, Valued Workers and Visitors that shaped the character of Big Basin over the past 115 years. Revel in the beauty of the majestic old growth redwoods that inspired the movement to Save the Trees! Celebrate our wild heritage with a melodrama, a timeline tree, hikes and games for kids.

Timeline Tree: Changing Times among the Ageless Giants
9 am-5 pm (all day, walk by anytime)


Come walk along a downed 100-foot redwood tree and read about the stories of change in the forest where time appears to stop. The timeline describes events in words and pictures of Big Basin over the last century...and more. Some were grand occasions, others mundane details...together, the stops along this path tell a fascinating story of the oldest state park in California. The timeline is along the Redwood Loop Trail, across from Park Headquarters.

 

Outlook from Mt. McAbee 10 am
Join Docent Hal Anjo on a hike to McAbee Outlook. We'll stop at the top and enjoy the lovely ocean views, returning through a beautiful old-growth redwood forest. Learn about the different habitats as you watch the environment change as we climb and enjoy the view. Difficulty level is moderate. The hike is six miles and about three and a half hours. Bring plenty of water, snacks and good hiking shoes. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 

Redwood Loop Walk
11 am and 2 pm
How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 

Big Basin Melodrama! 1 pm
Celebrate Big Basin's history! Watch a strolling play into the past on this easy, family friendly redwood loop trail and meet colorful characters from Big Basin's past. Listen to the stories of a pioneering homesteader, an early conservationist, the first female ranger at Big Basin and more! This walk is a half-mile, 1.5-hour and is wheelchair and stroller friendly. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 

Special Junior Rangers Program: Old-Fashioned Children's Games 3-4 pm
Step back in time and play some old-fashioned children's games. This one-hour program is designed for kids ages 7-12. Sorry parents, this program is for kids only! Please register your child at the Nature Lodge Museum 15 minutes before the program begins. Please be sure your child is dressed for active play in the outdoors.

 

Special Big Basin Nature Club Program: Old-Fashioned Children's Games 4:30-5 pm
This fun program is designed 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 the Nature Lodge.

 


Location: Highway 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Halloween@Night
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Gilroy Gardens
Discover a whole new kind of magical, mystical Halloween adventure this fall!
Date: Every day (Sep 30-Oct 29) from 11:00am to 6:00pm


Halloween@Night

Discover a whole new kind of magical, mystical Halloween adventure this fall!

September 29 - October 29, 2017 | Friday-Sunday, 7pm-10pm


A Mysterious Glow...

As the sun goes down, the park will light up with a mysterious glow...and there will be scares and dares, tricks and treats, and plenty of spooky-but-not-too-scary night-time fun for all ages!

Rides will not be in operation during Halloween@Night.


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The Marketplace

Stop by The Marketplace for specialty food & drink, games & crafts for all ages.  Little ones can wear their costumes and begin their Trick-or-Treating adventure around the park here.

 

 

Spooky Entertainment!

Snuggle up around the fire for Halloween stories, take a ride and search for spooks hiding in the South County Backroads, then sit down for an episode of The Addams Family, Bewitched, or The Munsters at the amphitheater!  

 

There's lots of spooky fun for the whole family!

 


Location: 3050 Heckler Pass, Gilroy Map
Phone: (408) 840-7100 •website Gilroy create a direct event link
FIRST NIGHT MONTEREY
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First Night Monterey
Dance, play, act, perform, create and sing our way into 2018!
Date: Every day (Dec 17-Jan 1) from 3:00pm to 12:01am
Admission Fees: $0 - $20

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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


Location: Historic Downtown, Alvarez St, Monterey Map
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Sea Otter Awareness Week
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Learn more about he vital role that sea otters play in the nearshore ecosystem
Date: Every day (Sep 23-Sep 30) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: $6-$8, children 2 and under free
Special Instructions: The Seymour Center is closed on September 19.

Sea Otter Awareness Week is an annual recognition of the vital role that sea otters play in the nearshore ecosystem. Each year, zoos, aquariums, natural history museums, marine institutions, filmmakers, researchers, academics, educators, and the public participate in various events and activities highlighting sea otters and their natural history and the various conservation issues facing sea otters.


At the Seymour Center, we celebrate the week with interactive learning stations, and arts and crafts.

 

N.B. Seymour Marine Discovery Center is closed September 25.


Location: 100 McCallister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Open Studio Preview
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Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County
The Cultural Council's Open Studios Art Tour brings artists and art enthusiasts together--from the redwoods to the sea
Date: Every Su and Sa (Sep 30-Oct 22)


Open Studio Preview

Saturday, September 30 - Sunday, October 22, 2017

Reception: October 1, Sunday 3:00pm - 6:00pm


In partnership with the Santa Cruz County Arts Council, the Open Studios Preview Exhibition will offer a sneak peak of the great art of over 300 Santa Cruz County artists participating in the Open Studios Art Tours in the first three weekends in October.

 

For details, please visit the Santa Cruz Arts Council's site, www.artscouncilsc.org/open-studios/


Location: Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
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Surf Film Festival
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Santa Cruz Film Festival
Two evenings of great surfing films!
Date: Every day (Sep 29-Sep 30) from 6:00pm to 11:00pm


The Best Surf Movies

For the fourth year the Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival brings the best new surf films to the Rio Theater. This year’s line-up will take you around the world, into crazy big waves, fun little peelers, on shortboards, longboards, finless boards, with surfers from 5 to 75.

 

Four separate programs of films over two nights with goodie bags at each screening, plus great raffle prizes as part of your ticket price - including Yeti coolers, an O’Neill wetsuit and tons more. If you love great stories about the ocean and the incomparable rush of dropping into a wave then get your tickets now!

 


Show times: 6 PM and 8 PM
Tickets: $16
Advance tickets: www.scsff.com

 


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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
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Arata Farm Hay Maze
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Arata Pumpkin Farm
Hey everyone, it's that time of year again! Come on out to the farm and enjoy the world famous Minotaur's Labyrinth Hay Maze, or
Date: Every day (Sep 25-Oct 31) from 9:00am to 7:00pm


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You can lose yourself in our 6 acre corn field and pumpkin river. Try to challenge yourself intellectually and physically in our 2 acre world famous Minotaur's Labyrinth Hay Maze. Take a walk on the wild side and adventure into our Haunted Barn. Relax and enjoy yourself on our Hay Ride.

 

Or you can let the kid's play in our Play Land playground with Miniature Hay Maze, on the Children's Train Ride or have fun with our animals in the Petting Zoo. We also have many picnic areas throughout the farm, at Arata Pumpkin Farm we have something for everybody.

 

We also have dozens of varieties of pumpkins and sizes. We have a special pumpkin for everyone in your family! Feel free to give us a call, send us an email or just come to the farm. We would love to see you.

 

Our Hours
Monday - Friday 9am - 7pm
Saturday - Sunday 9am - 8pm

 

Family Package $15 per Adult ~ $20 per Child Attraction
A minimum of one paid adult and one paid child, age 10 and under are required to qualify for this package


Location: 185 Verde Rd, Half Moon Bay Map
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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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