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Teacher Open House
Learn all about our school programs
09/28/2018 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Location: Boulder Creek Library, 13390 W Park Ave, Boulder Creek Map

(0 A September 2018) SLVMuseum_TeacherOpen.jpgJoin us at the Museum to learn all about our school programs in 2018 and 2019.

 

Come learn about the new trunks we have available for off-site programs and meet with the instructors for our on-site programs.

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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
Phone: (650) 726-7548 •website Half Moon Bay 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
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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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.

To schedule Pumpkin Patch field trips click here


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
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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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
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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
Ages: All

The Pigeon Point Lighthouse is currently under repair, but that doesn't mean that the First Order Fresnel Lens can't shine! The Fresnel lens, the original lighthouse beacon, will light up once again from its temporary home in the Visitor Center. As dusk settles, the 24 beams of light provide a dramatic glimpse of how the lighthouse once guided ships passing by this rocky coastline. Bring a flashlight and join us for a unique experience. For more information, call the park at (650) 879-2120 or go online to www.Parks.CA.gov/PigeonPoint. Event is free. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

* Please note the lighthouse will NOT be lit. The original lighthouse beacon, the First Order Fresnel lens, will be lit but in its temporary location inside the Visitor Center. The lighthouse is being repaired and is currently not accessible to the public.


Location: 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
Phone: 650-879-2120 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Sunday Seaside Crafts
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join us with your small fry every Sunday for hands-on fun!
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Kids and up Admission Fees: General admission fees apply.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Sponsored by: Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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
Usegi Farm for Fall Fun
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Uesugi Farms
Pumpkinville Railroad, Corn Maze, Pumpkin Blasters and Pumpkins for Sale
Date: Every day (Oct 1-Oct 31)
Admission Fees: free to enter, fees for ticketed rides

Ride the Pumpkinville Railroad!  Take a nostalgic ride aboard our Allan Herschell Iron Horse or our blue and yellow Arrow Streamliner trains. Visit Morgania, where our scarecrows live.

Operates 9am-closing daily.


Get Lost in Kayla's Korn Maze.  Try to find your way out of this 2 acre corn maze with interactive trivia cards.  Fun for the whole family.

 

(0 Sept 2017) hayjump.jpgHay Jump  Have the kids jump on this gianormous jumper made of giant haybales. What a great way for the kids to burn some energy!

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

Pumpkin Pete's Enchanted Hayride  Meet Pumpkin Pete and travel through some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring lands of Uesugi Farms. Visit Pumpkinland, our gorgeous Sunflower Gallery, and the spectacular Marigoldland, filled with over 100,000 hand-sown flowers. This one of a kind hayride is completely narrated and complimented with charming music. It's a must see!

Operates 9am-6:30pm daily.

 

The Cow Train  This may be the silliest fun you have all year! A favorite with the kids!

Operates 9am-closing daily.


Pumpkin Blasters
Come and shoot targets with mini pumpkins out of this gun... at 90mph. What a blast!!  Safe for all ages.


Pumpkins for Sale

We have tons of pumpkins to choose from.  All sorts of sizes, shapes and varieties.  We also sell haybales, corstalks, indian corn, different squashes, gourds and flowers.

 

Butterfly Valley  Take a stroll along this path and learn about the fascinating lives of butterflies through interactive storyboards.

Operates 9am-6:30pm daily.

 

Bootsie The Bee  Follow the corn path to discover all of Bootsie’s colorful, textured friends, and learn fascinating ‘bee-facts’ too. Be sure to visit Bootsie at night. All the storyboards are lit up with blacklights.

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

(0 Sept 2017) pumpkinpyramid.jpgCarousel  Everyone can remember riding a carousel as a youngster, and this one rivals the best.

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

Pumpkin Blasters  Come and shoot targets with mini pumpkins out of this gun… at 90mph.
What a blast!! Safe for all ages.

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

Pumpkin Pyramid  It takes over 4000 pumpkins to cover our pyramid. A splendiferice site of epic proportions. Have your picture taken while sitting in our king or queen thrones.

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

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Location: 14485 Monterey Highway, San Martin 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
Phone: 831-454-7235 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Knitting @ the Library
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Library Scotts Valley
Learn to knit
Date: Every Mon from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 8 & up Admission Fees: Free

Learn to knit or bring your knitting and enjoy a friendly visit with other knitters. If you are new to knitting, please bring: needles (size 8 10" straight needles or a 24" circular needle) and one skein of worsted weight yarn in your favorite color. Ages 8-108


Location: 230-D Mount Hermon Road Kings Village Shopping Center, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 831-427-7712 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Exploring Big Basin
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State Park Big Basin
Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, history and more on these fun, varied hikes
Date: Every Tues from 9:00am to 10:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Exploring Big Basin
EVERY Tuesday at 9 am
Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, history and more on these fun, varied hikes with Docents Paul and Eva Fewel and Diane Shaw. Hikes are 5-8 miles and last up to 5 hours. We go rain or shine, but strong winds may cancel. Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Felton Farmers Market
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Felton Certified Farmers Market
Produce and fruit, fish, bread, wine, and an array of prepared foods, a community table and entertainment by local artists
Date: Every Tues from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Open May through November

The Felton Certified Farmers Market offers produce and fruit, fish, bread, wine, and an array of prepared foods, a community table and entertainment by local artists.

 

    Felton Certified Farmers' Market provides a community marketplace offering fresh seasonal produce sold by those who grow it, a variety of nonagricultural products and  creates a lively, educational and informative meeting place for the entire San Lorenzo Valley. The market offers fresher food at prices normally lower than retail. We carry a wonderful variety of produce, plants, flowers, bread, deserts, fish, prepared foods and there's always fun to be had.


Location: Hwy 9, St. John's Church parking lot
Phone: 425-3331 •website Felton create a direct event link
Conservatory of Flowers: Free Admission Day
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Conservatory of Flowers
Experience with over 1,700 species of rare, exotic and endangered plants from more than 50 different countries
Date: The 1st Tues of every month


Conservatory of Flowers

 

The Conservatory of Flowers offers an intimate, up-close experience with over 1,700 species of rare, exotic and endangered plants from more than 50 different countries.  Opened in 1879, the wood and glass greenhouse is the oldest existing conservatory of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.

 

Free to all visitors on the first Tuesday of every month.

 

Normal costs are:

General public:

$8.00 for Adults
$5.00 for Youth ages 12-17, Seniors age 65 & over, and College Students with ID
$2.00 for Children ages 5-11
Free for Children ages 4 and under


Location: Golden Gate Park, 100 John F. Kennedy Dr., San Francisco Map
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Preschool Adventures at the Sanctuary Exploration Center
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Sanctuary Exploraiton Center
Free Storytime with Crafts and Show and Tell
Date: Every Wed from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-5 Admission Fees: FREE

Come enjoy weekly preschool adventures at the Sanctuary Exploration Center with ocean themed book readings, show-and-tell, and crafts!
Wednesdays 10am-11am
FREE
Starting October 12th


Location: 35 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Preschool Story Time
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Library Central
Date: Every Th from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-6 Admission Fees: free

Downtown Preschool Story Time (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
 
Join us at the Downtown Library for our weekly Preschool Story Time. We'll read books, sing songs and make a simple craft! Ages 3-6.
View similar upcoming events: Storytimes/Laptimes

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-420-5700 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Citizen Science
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Library Central
A presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, clim
Date: The 1st Th of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Citizen Science

 

We invite you to join us every first Thursday of the month for a presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, climatology and more. Let's connect, inspire and inform each other!

 

For more information contact pro@santacruzpl.org • 831-427-7717


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Trivia on Tap
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Library Central & Scotts Valley
Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize.
Date: The 1st Th of every month from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Trivia on Tap
Join Santa Cruz Public Libraries as we host a bimonthly trivia night at Steel Bonnet Brewing Company in Scotts Valley. Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize. Event occurs 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month.
Note: Special Theme: Film and Television
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Location: Steel Bonnet Brewing Company , 20 Victor Square, Scotts Valley Map
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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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PADRES BBQ Youth Fundraiser
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Corralitos Padres
Join us for bbq to support youth
Date: 10/07/2017 from 3:00pm to 9:00pm


The Fifth Annual Corralitos Country BBQ hosted by the Corralitos Padres will be held at the Community Center, 35 Browns Valley Rd, on Saturday, October 7th, 2017. The event runs from 3 pm to 9 pm, is designed for the entire family, benefits local programs including the Boy Scouts, the 4-H Club and various youth athletics groups.

This years BBQ will feature food catered by the Padres along with wine from Alfaro Winery and Nicholson Vineyards as well as beer from Corralitos Brewery. There will be local artisans, event t-shirts and a silent auction. For the kids there will be a bounce house, face painting, ping pong, pumpkin painting and non alcoholic beverages.

Live Music will again be featured with Gary Blackburn, UTURN and The Rayburn Brothers. Influenced by artists from James Taylor to Dwight Yokum, Gary Blackburn brings together his smooth vocals and stylized guitar picking to form his own unique sound. The rocking rhythms, soild grooves and all out sincere fun are what puts UTURN in the drivers seat when it comes to getting the party started. While The Rayburn Brothers have been described as having "a rough-hewn sound that evokes the wild vistas of the West". It promises to be a great day of music.

Adult tickets are $30.00 and children (12 and under) are $10. Tickets can be purchased at Corralitos Market or Davis Auto Parts in advance or at the door the day of the event.


Location: Community Center, 35 Browns Valley Rd, Watsonville Map
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Respectful Parenting- A Question and Answer Symposium
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Regarding Baby
Special Event With Janet Lansbury, Respectful Parenting Symposium With Janet Lansbury
Date: 10/07/2017 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: 35.00
Special Instructions: Tickets Available Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/respectful-parenting-a-question-and-answer-symposium-tickets-36949600249

You are invited to join Janet Lansbury and Lisa Sunbury for an interactive afternoon discussion about Magda Gerber's respectful parenting approach. During this intimate two hour Q & A we will be answering your questions (general or personal) and offering advice about how these simple, profound ideas can bring clarity to your parenting journey and help to forge deep and lasting relationships with your children.


Also, every ticket puchased will be entered into a raffle for prizes that include signed copies of Janet's bestselling books, a free phone consultation with Janet or Lisa, a free parent infant class, and a free toy basket.

 

Tickets Available Here.


Location: Pacific Cultural Center , 1307 Seabright Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-296-2229 •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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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
Native Plant Sale
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Watsonville Wetlands Watch
Free Fun Kids' Activities - live animals, Kids Zone
Date: 10/07/2017 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Outdoor Festival, dress accordingly

Native Plant Sale 2017

Please join us on Saturday October 7th for our 5th Annual Native Plant Sale. The sale will feature plants local to the natural wetlands in Watsonville and guests will be able to tour a display of native plants (many of which are the same as those available for purchase) in the Resource Center.


In addition, community members will be able to interact with live snakes, turtles and newts and there will be educational games for children.

 

Have questions? Contact Ria at ria@watsonvillewetlandswatch.org or (909) 680-9872

 


Location: Wetlands Educational Resource Ce, 500 Harkins Slough Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 345-1226 •website Watsonville 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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Tales to Tails - Central
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Library Central
Date: Every Sa from 10:00am to 11:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Tales to Tails - Downtown (10:00 AM-11:30 AM)


Trained therapy dogs will be available at the Library to be attentive, non-judgmental reading partners for children reading aloud. Children have individual 20-minute time slots to sit with a dog and read.

 

Contact pro@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve a spot.


View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Early Literacy, Tales to Tails


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Scottish Gathering and Highland Games
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Highland Rogue Productions
Immerse yourself in the sites, sounds, and the tastes of an ancient Scottish culture
Date: 10/07/2017 from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: $0 - $17

It is with great honor and anticipation that I invite you to join us as the clans once again gather in the highlands of the Santa Cruz Mountains!

 

(AAA July 2015) PipesandDrums.jpgIn 1830 Isaac Graham a mountain man of Scottish descent settled here and soon after the Mexican authorities named his wild settlement Roaring Camp. In 1842 near this very location Graham founded a distillery and the first saw mill west of the Mississippi. Fortunately the Big Trees here were spared the woodsman's axe and thus we are fortunate to have this beautiful and befitting location to celebrate and carry on the Scottish highland traditions of our ancient Celtic culture.

 

This year's gathering and games will feature all the wonderful activities you have come to know and love, the details of which you will find on this website. So bring your family and friends and for a day immerse yourself in the sites, the sounds, and the taste of an ancient culture kept alive in the hearts and by the hands of its proud descendants.

 

 

Sláinte!

Jeff Simpson, Chief

 

TICKETS

 


Location: Roaring Camp, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton Map
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Evening Art Program
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State Park Henry Cowell
Activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Evening Art Program
Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Join us in the campfire center for a family friendly arts and crafts program. All ages welcome. Topic changes week to week and activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more! Meet at the Henry Cowell Redwoods Graham Hill Campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. No experience necessary. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley 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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Welcome Back Monarchs
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State Park Natural Bridges
Habitat hikes, active games and crafts for children, face painting, butterfly garden tips, along with live music
Date: 10/08/2017 from 11:00am to 4:00pm


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Welcome Back Monarchs Day
 
Sunday October 8, 2017 from 11 am to 4 pm

Join us for this joyful, monarch-filled day and welcome the monarchs back to this park, their over-wintering habitat.  Participate in numerous activities including arts & crafts, active games for kids, music by the 5M’s (the mostly mediocre musical monarch mariposas), hand-cranked ‘monarch’ ice cream (pumpkin), information and action booths as well as more about monarch butterflies and how-to’s for a butterfly garden. This event is appropriate for all ages.

 


Location: 2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-4609 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Fireworks Extravaganza
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Monte Foundation
Enjoy the wonder, awe and majesty of the Monte Foundation Fireworks Extravaganza
Date: 10/08/2017 at 8:00pm
Admission Fees: free

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New Mommy Musical Meet-UP
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MusicalMe, Inc
Join us every 2nd Monday for our "New Mommy Musical Meet-Up"!
Date: The 2nd Mon of every month from 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Ages: birth - 12months Admission Fees: FREE!

(0 February 2018) MT_baby.jpgMeet and mingle with new mothers just like you, share parenting ideas and make Music Together® alongside your babies while learning lifelong parenting tips at the monthly New Mommy Musical MeetUp (Daddies and other loving adults are welcome too!).

 

Bring your baby (under a year old) and enjoy making friends and drawings for prizes while a certified Music Together teacher leads a short music making session geared specifically to babies.

 

Join us every 2nd Monday @ 239 High Street, Santa Cruz. 

 

https://www.meetup.com/New-Mommy-Musical-Meetup/events/246692123/

Questions?  831-438-3514 or sky@musicalme.com


Location: Native Son's Hall, 239 High Street, 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 2nd Mon of every month (Jul 10-Sep 11) at 5:30am

Special Instructions: Spanish

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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Contra Dancing
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Santa Cruz Dance
Contra couples dancing for beginners and experienced dancers - Make dance magic happen on the dance floor!
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 7+ Admission Fees: $12
Special Instructions: Beginner's lesson at 5:40. Dancing 7:00-10:00

Everyone is welcome! Partners and dancing experience are not necessary. Each of the dozen or so dance forms during the evening are taught and prompted (except for the waltz and hambo).

 

Beginner's Workshop:  dancers are encouraged to attend the beginner's lesson at 5:40. Regular dancing begins at 6:00 (dances can get more complex as the night goes on).

 

Admission: Suggested admission donation is $12 regular, $8 for full-time students w/student ID card. Discounts for volunteers.

 

Wear: Comfortable, non-marking shoes to protect your feet and our floors - a separate pair of dance shoes works best. You'll be more comfortable in loose-fitting light-weight clothing.

 

Please note that many dancers are very sensitive to fragrances and body odor and that our dances are fragrance-free events.

 

This is an all-ages event.  Bring your joyful enthusiasm along with a sensibility toward care and consideration for your fellow dancers.

 

More information about upcoming dances in our area is online at the links below:

 

Contra dances in Santa Cruz County: http://santacruzdance.org/drupal/

English Country Dance in Santa Cruz County: http://www.englishcountrydancing.net/

Contra dances in Monterey: http://montereycdc.webs.com/


Location: Veteran's Memorial Building, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Reading In the Redwoods
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Library Felton
Join our monthly book club!
Date: Every Su and Sa from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


(0 A Aug 2018) LibraryFelton_ReadingInRedwoods.jpgReading in the Redwoods book group meets monthly at the Felton Library on the fourth Wednesday at 6:15 pm.

 

Copies of the book are usually available at the Felton branch library.

For more information call 427-7708 or drop by the branch.

 

To be added to the book group email list, please call 831-427-3151.


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
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Second Saturday on the Farm
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Ag History Project
Join us for demonstrations using antique farm equipment, crafts, farm animals, wooden cow milking, water pumps, learning to driv
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $2/person Kids under 1 are free

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

 

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

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

Location: 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
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Lobster Feed Fundraiser
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Mountain Parks Foundation
Imagine! Eating lobsters under the redwoods in support of State Parks!
Date: 10/14/2017 from 4:30pm to 8:30pm
Admission Fees: General Tickets: $75

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Mountain Parks Foundation Lobster Feed Fundraiser
Saturday, October 14 from 4:30 pm to 8 pm
General Tickets: $75
Online: www.mountainparks.org
By phone: (831) 335-3174

In person: Mountain Parks Foundation office (adjacent to the Nature Store in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park)


Twinkling lights under a canopy of stars, the delightful sounds of live music floating through the air - it's that time of year again!

 

oin us for our annual Lobster Feed Fundraiser at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Enjoy a full dinner featuring a 1.5 pound fresh Maine lobster served with crisp salad, steaming corn-on-the-cob, warm garlic bread, wine and beer, coffee, and dessert. The bluegrass sounds of Highway One will add their own special magic to the evening.

 

Proceeds go to support environmental and cultural education programs at Henry Cowell Redwoods and Big Basin Redwoods State Park. For more information, please call (831) 335-3174, or email redwoods@mountainparks.org.


Location: Henry Cowell, Picnic Area 1, 525 Big Trees Park Rd, Felton Map
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Spooky or Not Spooky!
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State Park Big Basin
A special walk for Halloween! We'll take a walk in the forest with an eye out for the weird and wonderful. Geared for young chi
Date: Every 2 weeks on Sa (Oct 14-Oct 28) at 11:30am


(0 Sept 2017) Spiderweb2.jpgSpooky or Not Spooky?


Saturday, October 14 at 11:30 am
AND Saturday, October 28 at 11:30 am


A special walk for Halloween! We'll take a walk in the forest with an eye out for the weird and wonderful. We'll examine cobwebs, burls, holes and other mysterious natural features from a different perspective, asking the question, "Is it Spooky or Not Spooky?"

 

Depending on how you look at things, the answer may change! Come along if you dare! Geared for young children, this is a one-hour easy walk.

 

Meet at Park Headquarters.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Historical Aircraft Display
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Young Eagles
Everyone is welcome to show and admire these historical aircraft
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

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

 

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

 

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

 

 For additional information call 768-3575

 


Location: Watsonville Aviation Education C, 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
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SuperKid Triathlon
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Finish Line Productions
A swim, bike and run course for kids!
Date: 10/15/2017


 

SuperKid Triathlon and Splash & Dash

 

SuperKid has always been about building strong bodies and healthy kids. This means getting them off the couch, away from the TV, phones, video games, and outside for some healthy physical activity. It doesn't matter if your child is already an athlete or is just starting to engage in sports and outdoor activity. This is a great event for the whole family and gives your children the opportunity to be active and healthy. With a swim, bike and run course, real transition area, body markings and fun prizes for participants, you can help your child gain the self esteem that comes from doing their personal best. Not to mention a cool finisher medal and matching shirt.

Once final results are posted you'll be able to download an official finisher certificate with event info, age group, total time and place to remember the event.

 

THE BIKE COURSE IS SUITABLE FOR FAT TIRE, MOUNTAIN BIKES, AND CYCLECROSS BIKES. No road bikes or skinny tires!

For 2017 we will also be participating in USAT's Splash & Dash Series, just swim and bike, for ages 7 - 15. There will be one Splash & Dash wave start for each course configuration. See Wave Starts for course times.

 

Triathlon Relay Teams for ages 7 - 15. Please read the information about teams here.

Registering by October 1 guarantees that we will have your child's t-shirt size. We try and guess sizes based on age for everyone who registers after we need place the shirt order but we don't always hit the mark!

 

2017 Pricing for SuperKid Triathlon

Pricing is inclusive of credit card processing fees. The price listed is the price you will pay on Run Sign Up (plus USAT if applicable)

 Ages 6 and Under    
FROM TO PRICE
Dec 1 Mar 31 $25.00
April 1 June 30 $30.00
July 1 Sept 30 $35.00
After October 1   $40.00
     
 Ages 7 to 15    
FROM TO PRICE
Dec 1 Mar 31 $30.00
April 1 June 30 $35.00
July 1 Sept 30 $40.00
After October 1   $45.00
     
Relay Team Pricing
   
Dec 1 Mar 31 $85.00
April 1 June 30 $90.00
July 1 Sept 30 $95.00
After October 1   $100

 

Kids 6 and under may have assistance or floatation devices to get across the pool! We always have safety swimmers in the pool, but kickboards, noodles, and arm floaties are just fine too.

 

All kids who participate will receive a finisher's medal a t-shirt, swim cap, and other special sponsor gifts.


Location: Simpkins Swim Center, 979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Adult Crafts
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Let's have some fun while also helping each other learn and grow as artists and crafters!
Date: Every Su from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


(0 Oct 2017) LibraryFeltonCraft1.jpgCome join us at The Felton Library for Adult Afternoon Arts and Crafts. It's every Sunday from 2-4:30pm.

 

Bring something portable that you are working on or come prepared to have fun!

 

 


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
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Trivia on Tap
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Library Central & Scotts Valley
Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize.
Date: The 3rd Th of every month from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Trivia on Tap
Join Santa Cruz Public Libraries as we host a bimonthly trivia night at Steel Bonnet Brewing Company in Scotts Valley. Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize. Event occurs 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month.

 

Note: Special Theme: Film and Television


Location: Steel Bonnet Brewing Company , 20 Victor Square, Scotts Valley Map
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Elephant Seal Walks
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State Park Ano Nuevo
3 mile hike over sand and sloping terrain to see thousands of elephant seals, including newborn pups, their mothers, and bulls
Date: Every day (Oct 20-Mar 31)
Ages: All: (Lots of walking) Admission Fees: Guided $7; Self-guided free
Special Instructions: Dec 15 - Mar 31

Explore Año Nuevo with a Docent Naturalist

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Guided Elephant Seal Walks

Ticket sales open Friday, October 20

Cost: $7 per person + $3.99 reservation fee

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Journey to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals, guided by your docent naturalist on this moderate 3-mile, 2.5 hour adventure. In the month of December, male elephant seals, or bulls, arrive along the shore of Año Nuevo State Park to establish hierarchy, while pregnant females come ashore to birth to their pups.

 

These popular guided walks take place rain or shine, so be prepared for windy, rainy conditions as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and rain gear is strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted. Pets are not allowed in the park. Parking is $10. For more information, please call (650) 879-2025 or for recorded information (650) 879-0227.

 

People with accessibility needs may reserve an equal access tour along the boardwalk.

These tours take place on Fridays, weekends, and select holidays. For reservations and info call ReserveCalifornia at 1-800-444-4445. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 

Self-Guided Seal Walks

Daily, between 8:30am and 3:30pm (Natural Preserve closes at 5pm)

Stroll over sand dunes, enjoy beautiful ocean views, and gain a unique opportunity to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals on this 3-mile, 2.5-hour self-guided trail! Visit the female elephant seals as they return to shore to molt, or shed their fur, in this annual excursion.  Additionally, young pups are still ashore from the winter breeding season. Layered clothing, closed-toes shoes, and rain/wind gear are strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted inside the dune area. Pets are not allowed in the park. Walk is free; day-use vehicle fee is $10. Entrance to the reserve for your self-guided walk requires a free permit that can be obtained at the entrance station, or the Visitor Center. Please contact the park at 650-879-2025 for further information.

 

If you require mobility assistance, you may request a volunteer-led equal access tour. You will board our accessible van and get a ride to our wheelchair-accessible boardwalk. A volunteer(s) will accompany you to the two seal-viewing decks, explain the Northern elephant seal natural history, the history of the park, and answer questions. Reservations are required. Please, allow a 2-week advance notice. The volunteer led tour is free, day-use vehicle fee is $10. Contact the park at 650-879-2033 or email Ano.EqualAccess@parks.ca.gov. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.


Location: Hwy 1, Pescadero Map
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Basic Bicycle Maintenance Class
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The Spokesman
Learn how to fix your flat tire!
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00am
Ages: Free

Spokesman Bicycles Free Maintenance Class

3rd Saturday of every month, 10AM

Spokesman Bicycles, Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz, CA

http://www.spokesmanbicycles.com/events

 


Location: Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Heritage Harvest Festival & Rare Apple Tasting
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Celebrate! The harvest is in. See tractor, draft horse and living history demonstrations, listen to music, make crafts, and ...R
Date: 10/21/2017 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: $10 parking

Heritage Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 21, 11 am to 4 pm

Celebrate! The harvest is in! See tractor, draft horse, and living history demonstrations, listen to music, make crafts, and participate in harvest-time activities.  The even

 

Rare Apple Tasting hosted by the Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 21

Wilder Ranch State Park, 1401 Coast Rd., Santa Cruz, CA 95060

$5 for individuals with discounts for families and couples

 


Location: Wilder Ranch , Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map
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Pumpkin Plunge
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Pattullo Swim Center
Grab your pumpkin in the pool, haul it out and decorate it!
Date: 10/21/2017 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Admission Fees: $7 per pumpkin

(0 Sept 2017) PumpkinPlunge.jpgTake a Pumpkin Plunge at the Pattullo Swim Center in Seaside. Kiddos can hunt for their perfect pumpkin in the pool and then decorate it! 1148 Wheeler Street, Seaside. Free event, $7 per pumpkin.

 


Location: 1148 Wheeler Street, Seaside Map
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The Missing Arm
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State Park Big Basin
Experience the haunted tale of Big Basin's last lumber mill owner and his fateful encounter with a grizzly bear!
Date: 10/21/2017 at 6:30pm


SPECIAL EVENT: "THE MISSING ARM"
Saturday, October 21 at 6:30 pm
Experience a haunted tale of Big Basin's last lumber mill owner and his fateful encounter with a grizzly bear! Celebrate the forest in autumn with this spooky and slightly silly half-mile theatrical guided walk through the redwoods at night. Ranger apples cooked around the campfire round out this festive family event. The trail is stroller and wheelchair accessible. Registration begins at 6:30 pm. Parking is $10.00 per vehicle. Bring a flashlight. Register at Park Headquarters.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Cleanup Beaches with Save Our Shores
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Save Our Shores
Join us for fun, free, easy way to give back to your community by keeping pollution from entering the Monterey Bay National Mari
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All ages welcomed!

Visit our Cleanup & Events Calendar to find the next volunteer opportunity

 

(0 March 2018) SunnyCove.jpgMonthly beach cleanups are a fun, free, easy way to give back to your community by keeping pollution from entering the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. It's easy to participate - just meet us at the check-in table where you'll sign a waiver form and receive your cleanup materials and data cards. Volunteers are encouraged to Bring Your Own buckets, gloves, and reusable bags to decrease trash. Beach cleanups demonstrate how individuals of all ages can protect the marine environment by keeping our coastlines free from harmful pollution and debris.

 

Locations rotate each month.  Monthly beach cleanups occur every 2nd Saturday of the month in Monterey County every 3rd Saturday of the month in Santa Cruz County.

All monthly beach cleanups are held from 10am to Noon.

Beach Cleanup Waiver Forms: All participants must sign a waiver form to participate in a SOS cleanup. SOS will provide waiver forms at all public cleanups. Volunteers under 18 participating without a legal guardian will need to bring a printed and signed waiver form with them. *Download the English Cleanup-Waiver-form here. *Download the Cleanup-Waiver-form_Spanish here.

 

For more information, contact cleanup@saveourshores.org.

 


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Money Matters Financial Literacy Series
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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.


Note: Sunnyside Up How to Crack Your Retirement Nest Egg

 


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Floating Pumpkin Patch
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Catch a pumpkin, games, prizes, and a waterslide!
Date: 10/22/2017 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: $8.00 adults/$6.00 children & seniors. Swim for a pumpkin $4.00/pumpkin

(A A Sep 16) floating-pumpkins-2.jpgWe're putting a fun spin on the tradition of pumpkin picking by creating a patch in the pool just for you!

 

In addition to pumpkins, we've got plenty of other fun activities planned for the day, including games, prizes, music, popcorn, and pumpkin decorating, and the waterslide will be open!

 

Costumes are encouraged. Bring your suit and towel, your friends and family, and make a day of it! This is a drop-in, rain or shine event; pre-registration is not required.

 

Please note: The floating pumpkin patch opens at 1:30. Don't miss this fun fall family event at the Swim Center!


Location: Simpkin Family Swim Center, 979 17th Ave., Santa Cruz Map
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Free Day!
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Exploratorium, Pier 15
Experience the Exploratorium at Pier 15. Join us for free day
Date: 10/22/2017 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

The Exploratorium isn't just a museum; it's an ongoing exploration of science, art and human perception-a vast collection of online experiences that feed your curiosity.

 

Call museum to verify free day: (415) 528-4444

 

Annual Free Days
General Admission is free to everyone five days a year. Here are our upcoming Free Days:

 

  • Mother's Day (Sunday, May 14, 2017)
  • Free Community Night (after 5:00 p.m., Friday, June 23, 2017)
  • Free Community Day (Saturday, September 23, 2017)
  • Free Community Day (Sunday, October 22, 2017)

On free days, museum entry is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Location: Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green St), San Francisco Map
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Pacific Rim Film Festival
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Pacific Rim Film Festival
Free films offering global glimpses of life
Date: Every day (Oct 25-Oct 29)
Admission Fees: Free for 16 films
Special Instructions: 10/25 - 10/28 at 7:30 pm and 10/29 at 3:00 pm

Pacific Rim Music Festival

Come and enjoy 40 new works in a series of concerts written by award-winning composers and performed by master musicians from the United States and Korea. The year's festival theme is "From the Root to the Living Tradition."

 

We are funded completely by the support of our community and are especially indebted to Ow Family Properties, whose gracious beneficence has allowed us to carry on our mission each year. We welcome and appreciate your support in any way that you feel inspired and able. Check out our 'We Want You' page for suggestions.

 

Schedule

 

 All concerts are FREE and open to the public.No tickets required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open 30 minutes before advertised start time.

 
Parking permit required. You may purchase a permit from an attendant at the event. $4

 


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Scotts Valley Haunted House
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Scotts Valley High School
Quite scary haunted house put on by students for ages 10+
Date: Every day (Oct 26-Oct 28) from 6:30pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 10 and up Admission Fees: Cost: $9 or $32 for group of 4

The annual Scotts Valley High School haunted house is built and run by teens.  Recommended for people ages 10 and up.

 

Proceeds benefit charities.

 

Scream for a good cause! Scotts Valley High School will raise the hair on the back of your neck while raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This year's theme: Area 51. Not recommended for children under 10.

 

 

 

 


Location: 555 Glenwood Dr, Scotts Valley Map
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Gault Halloween-DIa de los Muertos Parade
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Gault Elementary School
Celebrate Fall at the Annual Gault Elementary Halloween - Da de los Muertos Parade & Carnival
Date: 10/28/2017 from 9:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: Free

Gault Elementary School invites all of Santa Cruz to put on costumes and join us for our annual fall celebration. Festivities begin with a Costume Parade down Soquel Avenue and culminate with a fun-filled Carnival on the school grounds of Gault Elementary. Carnival will feature games, food, prizes, music, and trophies for the best home-made costumes! Come join us for good old-fashioned spooky fun!

9:00 a.m. Costume Parade Participants (all are invited to march in parade!) assemble at the corner of N. Branciforte & Soquel in front of The Buttery

9:30 a.m. Costume Parade begins at the corner of N. Branciforte & Soquel, turns right on Seabright, and ends at Gault Elementary School

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Carnival: Games, face painting, cakewalk, sugar skull decorating, & more!


Location: Gault Elementary School, 1320 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Urban Farm Day
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Live Oak Grange
Play with baby goats, enjoy hyper-local food and drink, shop for plant starts for your garden and arts and crafts, enjoy worksho
Date: The 4th Sa of every month from 8:00am to 9:00am
Ages: All

(0 A May 2018) UrbanFarmDay.jpgJoin us to celebrate local urban farming! Play with baby goats, enjoy hyper-local food and drink, shop for plant starts for your garden and arts and crafts, enjoy workshops and live music, demos, and a tour of the Grange. There's something for the whole family!

You'll find the veggie and flower starts you need for your garden, both well-loved favorites and unique heirlooms, as well as local arts, crafts, gems and flea market items.

Enjoy organic nachos with farm fresh toppings raised and grown by Grange members, local drinks, coffee and deserts.

Play with baby goats! Goat milking demo!

Workshops:
Raising Backyard Chickens: 11:00am
Home Composting Workshop: 11:00am and 1:00pm
Pollinator/Butterfly Garden Workshop: tbd

Take a tour of the gardens, orchard and chicken coop at the historic Live Oak Grange

Gardeners will be on hand to answer your questions!

Funds raised will benefit the community gardens, which preserve local tradition and provide opportunities for urban farming, and our Hall Renovation Fund to preserve our 80+ year old Grange Hall!


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Boo at the Zoo
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San Francisco Zoo
Make plans to join us for a "not-too-spooky" Halloween family festival where you can trick-or-treat around the Zoo and see the
Date: Every day (Oct 28-Oct 29) from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free (inder3) to $15

Boo at the Zoo 2017

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Dress up in costume for one of San Francisco Zoo & Garden's most popular family Halloween events, "Boo at the Zoo", on Saturday and Sunday, October 28 & 29

 

Trick-or-treat at multiple stations throughout the Zoo and watch animals gobble up gourds and enjoy Halloween-themed enrichment treats during the Pumpkin Stomp & Chomp.  Brave the Haunted Nature Trail, decorated especially for the occasion with not-so-scary ghosts, goblins and more!  Have a creepy, crawly critter adventure at the Insect Zoo, teaming with more than a thousand multi-legged bugs.

 

The last weekend of October is also the final opportunity to catch "ZOOtoberFest" with entertainment for all ages.  Located near the Lion Fountain, "Harvest Hallow" houses San Francisco's largest Hay Maze, a 5,000-square-foot structure built with 600 bales of straw!  There's ample seating, pumpkins, and festive fall décor for a family photo op! 

 

The "Zoo Brew Haus" at The Depot Grill is pouring a great selection of specialty beers in a keepsake mug.  Choose from a full menu of German-inspired dishes, like beer-braised bratwurst with Guinness mustard and Sauerkraut!  During lunch, dine to the upbeat sounds of a live band playing traditional European polka music. You might even want to get up and dance!  Grab a seat and stay for three musical performances from 12:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

All activities are free with paid admission to San Francisco Zoo & Gardens.


*Masks are not permitted

 


Location: 1 Zoo Way, San Francisco Map
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Chile Cookoff - 7th!
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Beach Boardwalk
Taste and vote for your favorite chile
Date: 10/28/2017 from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: $10for a tasting kit

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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

 

Chili Cook-Off

Join us for the Boardwalk's 7th Annual Chili Cook-Off! Bring your appetite and join the fun as both professional and amateur chefs work their culinary magic and compete for the title of Best Chili!

Cook-Off Schedule

  • 9:00am-10:00am: Chef's Prep (no heat)
  • 10:00am-1:00pm: Chili Cook Time
  • 10:00am: Tasting Kits go on sale
  • 1:00pm: Public tasting begins
  • 4:00pm: Winners announced at the Beach Amphitheater

Chili Pot

Try Some Chili!

Boardwalk admission is free! Just purchase Tasting Kits to sample chili from dozens of competitors. Tasting Kits are $10 each and include six (6) taste tickets, spoon, cup and a People's Choice ballot.

A portion of the proceeds from Tasting Kit sales will benefit
Leo's Haven - Santa Cruz County's first inclusive playground.


Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-7433 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Santa Cruz Glass Pumpkin Patch
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Live Oak Grange
Beautiful hand-made glass pumpkins and gourds created in the glass blowing studio of local artist Cris Johnson
Date: Every day (Oct 28-Oct 29)


(0 Oct 2017) Halloween_glass-pumpkin-5.jpgSanta Cruz Glass Pumpkin Patch And now for something totally different...head to the Live Oak Grange on Saturday and Sunday, October 28 & 29, for beautiful hand-made glass pumpkins and gourds created in the glass blowing studio of local artist Cris Johnson.


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Haunted Harbor
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Santa Cruz Harbor
Come enjoy a "spooktacular" evening of trick-or-treating at Santa Cruz Harbor!
Date: 10/28/2017 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 Oct 2017) Halloween_HauntedHarbor.jpgTrick or treating turns into a spooktacular adventure at the Harbor. Bring your ghouls and goblins out to join the fun!


Location: 135 Fifth Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Thrill the World Santa Cruz 2017
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Louden Nelson Center
Thriller Dancing!
Date: 10/28/2017 at 3:00pm
Ages: All ages welcome Admission Fees: free

(0 Oct 2017) Halloween_ThrillerDance.jpgThrill the World Santa Cruz 2017

 

Every year, on the Saturday before Halloween, night creatures call and the dead start to walk in their masquerade. So basically, a zombie flash mob Thriller dance. There are plenty of opportunities to learn the dance all month and participate in a world-wide simultaneous Thriller Dance at various venues throughout the county. Family and zombie-friendly!

 

*** Zombie dancers, PLEASE ARRIVE AT 2PM TO REGISTER (free) so you can be counted in the world record numbers!!!! Must be in costume.

3pm (sharp) - Performance at Louden Nelson Center

This is your chance to participate in the world-wide simultaneous Thriller Dance, which happens every year on the Saturday before Halloween!!! Zombie flash mobs gather in cities across the globe to "Thrill The World" in celebration of community, fun, friends, and to support local charities (please donate to Youth N.O.W. at http://youthnowcenter.org/give). Learn the dance and join the mob!!


Location: 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
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All Saints Day Children's Celebration
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St. Joseph's Church
Everyone is encouraged to dress as their favorite Saint, angel or bible hero!
Date: 10/29/2017 from 11:00am to 4:00pm


All Saints Day Children's Celebration

AN ANNUAL FAMILY EVENT AT ST. JOSEPH'S CHURCH IN CAPITOLA

Join us for our

FREE FAMILY EVENT AT ST. JOSEPH'S CHURCH IN CAPITOLA

19TH ANNUAL ALL SAINTS DAY CHILDREN'S CELEBRATION!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

 

"It is truly a spectacular family faith extravaganza!"

"The best Catholic kids event all year!"


Everyone is encouraged to dress as their favorite Saint, angel or bible hero!

11am Mass & Saint Procession (All children are invited to be in the opening procession!)

12:30 - 4pm.  Lunch is provided & Celebration in the hall

For our Costume Ideas see the link on the right. Check out our gallery too!


Last year's highlights:

  • Search for Treasure with St. Anthony
  • Decorate Crowns in St. Elizabeth's Castle
  • Visit St. Kateri in her Tipi
  • Go Fishing in St. Peter's Boat
  • Carve Saintly Symbols in St. Isidore's Pumpkin Patch
  • Be a Missionary with St. Therese
  • Stop over at St. Eude's Candy Barrel
  • And much more...

More info: lisamarieflynn@hotmail.com.

Donations welcomed.

Children must be accompanied by a legal guardian.

Meet other families , have fun, discover many amazing things about the holy heroes of our faith and how to live more like them! We can be Saints too!


Location: 435 Monterey Ave, Aptos Map
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Herps: Reptiles and Amphibians
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Quail Hollow Ranch
Learn about the favorite hang-outs and resting places of these fascinating animals
Date: 10/29/2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: $2/person

(0 Nov 2017) Quail_SketchReptile.jpgJoin Park Naturlist Jeremy Lin at Quail Hollow Ranch on 10/29, 1-3PM, for a saunter along park trails in search of herps: reptiles and amphibians, that is. Peruse the pond and muse over the meadow as we learn about the favorite hang-outs and resting places of these fascinating animals. This FREE event is open to all ages. Group size is limited; sign up by calling 335-9348.


Location: 800 Quail Hollow Rd., Felton Map
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Halloween Party!
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Kennolyn Camp
Come celebrate Halloween at Kennolyn Camps!
Date: 10/29/2017 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm


Come celebrate Halloween at Kennolyn Camps!
Sunday, October 29 2-5pm

Trick or Treating at 4:30pm

Come and decorate cookies & pumpkins, get a free family photo and of course enjoy Trick or Treating!

Come in costume, free trick or treat bags for all!

Questions? Call 831-479-6714 or email camps@kennolyn.com

 

Join us for a wonderful family event.


Location: Hilltop Hacienda, 8205 Glen Haven Rd, Soquel Map
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Woofpack's Halloween Costume Parade
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Wolfpack
Join the dogs in costume parade with or without your dog!
Date: 10/29/2017 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm


(A A Oct 2016) Wolfpack.jpgOn Sunday, October 29th from 5-7PM, we'll be hosting Barktoberfest at Sante Adairius! All proceeds benefit the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. Last year we raised $2665.00. THis year we hope to hit $3000!!

Bring your canine best friend to Sante Adairius where you can enjoy the best beer in the county (4 POURS come with admission), and you can both enjoy LIGHT SNACKS and a COSTUME CONTEST.

TICKETS ARE LIMITED! Hurry and get yours today!

BRING YOUR BIKE and we'll give you an EXTRA DRINK on the house!

People without dogs are welcome too. One of the brewery dogs will happily adopt you
for the evening!

***ALL WELL BEHAVED OWNERS AND DOGS WELCOME***

RULES:
*6 foot leashes maximum
*Please ask owners first if dogs can meet
*No nose to nose interactions
*Please give ample space to those whose dogs are in training including our large packs and service animals
*Pick up after your dog, there are trash bins throughout the trail
*Make certain to step aside for those not part of our group to pass

 


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Halloween Party
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Junebug's Gym
Party with us before going trick or treating!
Date: 10/31/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: 3+ Admission Fees: ost is $6/hr with open gym punchcard for $60 (with paid membership)

(0 Oct 2017) Halloween_Junebug.jpgDon’t forget to swing by the gym on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 11-3 to party with us before going trick or treating!

 

We are celebrating our 9th Anniversary with festive activities, fun games, and refreshments.

 

Come in costume and let’s all have a blast! (Price: $6/hour— half the price of regular open gym 😮 and you get entered in a raffle to win prizes.)

 


Location: 3910 Portola Drive Ste. 2 &3, Santa Cruz Map
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Kaiwa Halloween Party
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Kaiwa Art & Play Space
Drop by Kaiwa Halloween day from 2-5 pm for free games, art making, & snacks!
Date: 10/31/2017 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm


3rd Annual Halloween Party at Kaiwa!

Happy Halloween little ghosts and ghouls of Santa Cruz!! 

 

Drop by Kaiwa Halloween day from 2-5 pm

for free games, art making, & snacks!

 

Bonus: See my baby Ayla in her first Halloween costume!! :)

 


Location: 185 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Halloween Downtown Santa Cruz
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Halloween fun for children downtown
Date: 10/31/2017 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All

Downtown Santa Cruz Trick-or-Treat

Bring the kids, the neighbors, and even the dog for this annual free family friendly event in Downtown Santa Cruz.

 

Pacific Avenue will be closed to traffic, and the downtown merchants will be handing out treats to costumed kids.

 

Whether you're spooky or sparkly, creepy and crawly, or cute and cuddly, wear your most creative costume and bring your camera to this fun, safe and free annual community celebration.


Location: Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Fern Creek RR Invaded Halloween Night!
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Fern Creek and Western Garden Railroad
Lights, fog machines, jumping spiders, the grim reaper, haunted scare crow, not to mention flying ghosts and other ghouls!
Date: 10/31/2017 at 6:00pm


(0 Oct 2017) Halloween_FC_Best.jpgThe Fern Creek and Western Garden Railroad is open to the public on Halloween night.

 

All are welcome to come and watch trains run around the garden.

 

Lights, fog machines, jumping spiders, the grim reaper, haunted scare crow, not to mention flying ghosts and other ghouls!


You can join the event through the Fern Creek and Western Garden Railroad Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/359214540921968/

Tell your friends and family to join in the fun and we hope to see you there!


Location: 419 Ocean View Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831)-435-9042 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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