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International Games Week
Special gaming programs and events suitable for the whole family
Every day (Oct 30-Nov 4)
Location: 251 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley Map

International Games Week Brings Community Together to Read, Learn and Play!

The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL) will join over a thousand libraries around the world during International Games Week as they transform their libraries with play October 29th through November 4th.

Like many other libraries across the country and around the world, SCPL will offer special gaming programs and events suitable for the whole family.

Magic the Gathering Train and Play,
Epic Adventure Games hosts this all ages training camp for the popular game. Monday, October 30th 3:00-5:00pm

Mario Kart Tournament, A bracketed tournament for all ages.  Tuesday, October 31st 3:00-5:00pm

Tabletop Night,  An adults only evening program featuring wacky games like Exploding Kittens.
Wednesday, November 1st 6:30-8:30pm

(0 Oct 2017) GamesWeek_IGA.jpgThrowback Thursday, Classic games such as chess, checkers, Monopoly, and The Game of Life. All ages are welcome. Thursday,November 2nd All day.

Friday Night Trivia, A community event hosted by SCPL, Friends of the Scotts Valley Library, Epic Adventure Games, and Steel Bonnet Brewing Company. All ages are welcome. Friday, November 3rd 6:30-8:00pm

Board in the Library Game-A-Thon, Lancelot's Merry Band of Gamers all-day gaming marathon. Adults only please. Saturday,November 4th 10:00am-5:00pm


International Games Week is an international initiative supported by the American Library Association, the Australian Library and Information Association, Nordic Game Day and L'Associazione Italiana Biblioteche.


For more information on International Games Week please visit the Games in Libraries blog For more information on the events at the Scotts Valley Library, please contact Jennifer Hooker at 831-427-7712.

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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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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.


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.


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
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


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
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!





Location: Louden Nelson Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Measure S Talks
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Measure S projects are heating up!
Date: Every day

Measure S Building Projects

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Catch up on all Measure S projects in one place:


On February 11, 2016, the SCPL Facilities Financing Authority placed a $67 million bond measure (later designated Measure S) on the June, 2016 ballot. With 70% approval, voters agreed to fund Measure S. These funds are intended to improve each and every facility in the SCPL system, with new buildings slated for Capitola and Felton and a major renovation or new build under consideration for Downtown Santa Cruz.


We encourage you to keep up to date with these building projects and to participate in the planning process. These are YOUR libraries, so lets imagine the future together.


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Art in the Arboretum
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
Highlights of this exhibition include gigantic woven nests, ceramic fields of wild mustard, concrete Eucalyptus seedpods with en
Date: Every day (May 20-Nov 17)
Admission Fees: $5 for Adults and $2 for Children (6 to 17 years old), and free under 6
Special Instructions: open from 9:00 to 5:00, except July 4, Thanksgiving Day, December 25-26 & 30-31, and January 1-6.

Opening for next Art in the Arboretum Exhibit: 
Environmental Installations.
Saturday, May 20, 3-6pm
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Environmental Installations

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Art in the Arboretum: Environmental Installations

May 20 to November 17, 2017
Opening reception May 20 from 3 to 6 pm
Free Event for Members; Free with Admission Fee to Public; Free Parking

Highlights of this exhibition include gigantic woven nests, ceramic fields of wild mustard, concrete Eucalyptus seedpods with enormous steel leaves, a series of walk-through concentric circles inspired by the Protea flower, and more. Read more on the exhibit.


For more information  contact:
Jennifer Macotto, Arboretum Director of Development  831.502.2303 /
Susana Arias, Curator 831.566.6607 /


  • The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden is open from 9:00 to 5:00, except July 4, Thanksgiving Day, December 25-26 & 30-31, and January 1-6. A visit is worthwhile any time of the year.
  • $5 for Adults and $2 for Children (6 to 17 years old), and free under 6.
  • Free to those going only to shop at Norrie's.
  • Free to UCSC students

Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Pumpkins near the Beaches
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Crystal Bay Farm
Family-friendly afternoon on the farm
Date: Every day (Oct 1-Oct 29)

Crystal Bay Farm If you haven't already, get this one on your radar. From what we've heard, there are farm animals to visit, live music on the weekends, a movie night, and the location ain't to shabby-in between Sunset and Manresa State Beaches.


Location: 40 Zils Rd, Watsonville Map
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Town Hall Meetings
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Santa Cruz Police
SCPD seeks community input into public safety priorities. ALL are welcome!
Date: Every Mon, Tues, Wed and Th (Oct 9-Oct 25) from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: See varying dates, times, places

Santa Cruz Police Town Hall Meeting Series Start Monday, October 9th - Come to the Meeting thatbest suits your schedule.



SCPD kicks off a series of Town Hall meetings this week to get input and outline public safety priorities from the community. The first community forum takes place Monday, October 9th, from 6-7 p.m. at Westlake Elementary at 1000 High Street. Attendees will engage with police staff in group workshop-style discussions regarding concerns in their neighborhood.

The meetings are designed to allow neighborhoods, community stakeholders, and police to discuss problems and to engage in the problem-solving process. Feedback in Town Hall meetings will play an essential role in future citywide public safety strategies.

All five SCPD Town Hall Meetings held throughout the city are open to the public.

Not sure which meeting to attend? Come to the Town Hall Meeting that best suits your schedule. 

Upper West Side/Mission Hill
Monday, October 9th - 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

East Side (Emeline/Market/ Upper Ocean)
Thursday, October 12th - 6:00 pm - 7:00pm

Downtown/Lower Ocean /Beach Hill
Tuesday, October 17th - 11:00 am-Noon
155 Center Street

East Side/ Midtown
(Branciforte/Seabright/ Lower Ocean /Prospect Heights)
Monday, October 23rd 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
1145 Morrissey Blvd, Santa Cruz, CA 95065

Lower Westside/ Beach Flats
Wednesday, October 25th 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

"These town hall meetings are a great opportunity to influence the future of public safety in your neighborhood. Join us! We wa


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Cybersecurity in Today's World
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By practicing strong and safe online habits, you can better protect your identity and the networks you use at home, at work and
Date: Every day (Oct 3-Nov 4)

Special Instructions: See dates, times, your closest library

Stop. Think. Connect.


Cybersecurity is stronger when we all do our part to keep the internet safe. Whether you are a business owner, a parent, child, teacher, student, or senior, YOU have an impact on cybersecurity. By practicing strong and safe online habits, you can better protect your identity and the networks you use at home, at work and anywhere you log on.


Join a Library IT expert in one of several cybersecurity workshops designed to help you connect online safely. These workshops are a partnership between the national STOP THINK CONNECT initiative and the Santa Cruz Public Libraries. Our current set of classes are specifically tailored for Older Community Members, Business Owners, Kids, Teens and their parents.


Cybersecurity in Today's World

Cybersecurity for Parents

Cybersecurity for Older Americans

Cybersecurity for Kids (5 - 10)

Cybersecurity for Middle Schoolers (11 - 14)

Cybersecurity for High Schoolers (15 - 18)

  • Friday OCT 6
    • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
    Aptos Library • 7695 Soquel Drive

Keep Your Business Safe Online

More resources to keep you secure online are available at


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

2017 Art Classes

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

2017 Art Classes


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

Location: Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-5787 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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
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Take the Dogs Out!
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Hang out with adoptable dogs
Date: Every day from 9:00am to 3:00pm

(0 May 2017) SPCA_ThreeGuysSixDogs.jpgSanta Cruz SPCA Just three guys and their adoptable fur-iends hanging out in the shade on a beautiful day! Our lucky pups get to bound around on the beach and parade through the park every week because of our wonderful volunteers. During these outings, not only do the dogs have tons of fun, but they attract a lot of adoption attention/interest with those bright yellow adopt-me leash flags! An out of shelter field trip has led to more than a few forever homes :)

Wanna become a volunteer? We've got orientation dates open in June and July! Get yourself signed up online :)

#VolunteersRock #HangWithDogs #PlayWithCats #WorkThatMatters #BeachBounding #ParkParading #AdoptMe #Volunteer #Orientation #SCSPCA #SantaCruzSPCA

Location: 2685 Chanticleer Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Art Exhibition - From Fog to Flood
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San Lorenzo Valley Museum
Pictorial images of Water in the San Lorenzo Valley and surrounding area.
Date: Every day (Oct 1-Oct 31)

(0 Sept 2017) SLV_WaterArt_unningham-Creek.jpgArt Exhibition - From Fog to Flood - Pictorial images of Water in the San Lorenzo Valley and surrounding area.

Date: October 1 - 31, 2017

On Exhibition At: Community Wall, Santa Cruz County Government Building, 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz.


Cunningham Creek

Location: Santa Cruz County Government Bdg, 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz 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:


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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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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.



Location: 14485 Monterey Highway, San Martin Map
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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


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:


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


Location: Park Hall, 9400 Mill St., Ben Lomond Map
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2017 Open Houses Castro Adobe
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State Park Castro Adobe
Join us for this easy guided walk to hear the stories of the Pájaro Valley’s past.
Date: Every day (Mar 18-Dec 30) from 11:00am to 3:00pm

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

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


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


2017 Open House days at Castro Adobe

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


The open houses will be 11am to 3pm

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

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

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

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

Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
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Mr. Limoncello's Great Library Escape Game
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Library Central
Are you clever enough to escape from Mr. Lemoncello's library?
Date: Every day (Oct 1-Oct 24)
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Escape Game

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Are you clever enough to escape from Mr. Lemoncello's library?

Kids aged 7 and up are invited to join us for a fun and challenging scavenger hunt, similar to the one depicted in the exciting book, Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library.


Kids search for clues in the library and solve the puzzle, then enter your completed puzzle in the raffle drawing at Bookshop Santa Cruz. The Scavenger Hunt will be in the upstairs kids room at the Downtown Branch starting October 1st going through October 24th.


Author Chris Grabenstein will be appearing at Bookshop Santa Cruz on Oct. 24th at 4:00pm, and raffle prize winners will be chosen at the event. Join the fun and meet one of our favorite authors!


Location: Upstairs Room, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Grupo de Triple P: Para familias con adolescentes (8-Week Triple
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
parenting class
Date: Every Mon and Th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Cada martes, del 10 de octubre al 28 de noviembre, 6:00 - 8:00 pm (pre-orientación de grupo obligatorio: sábado, 7 de octubre, 10 am - 12 pm)
Asista a este Grupo de Triple P de 8 semanas para conocer a otras familias con adolescentes y aprender estrategias sencillas que le ayudarán a: Construir relaciones positivas con su adolescente; Entender y reconocer las influencias diarias en el comportamiento de su adolescente; Responder a los retos de crianza con calma y consistencia; Enseñarle a su adolescente cómo resolver problemas y hacer frente a situaciones de riesgo; Tener más confianza sobre la crianza de su adolescente.

Inscríbase para reservar su lugar y obtener el cuidado de sus niños gratis. Se proporcionarán bocadillos ligeros para niños y adultos.

Presentado en español por Gladys Gómez, Puentes de la Comunidad - La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios, y Dr. Lourdes Barraza, Psicóloga Clínica
Ubicación: Ceiba College Prep Academy, 260 West Riverside Dr, Watsonville
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Location: Ceiba College Prep Academy, 260 West Riverside Drive, Watsonville Map
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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


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
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.

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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
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