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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 http://games.ala.org/ For more information on the events at the Scotts Valley Library, please contact Jennifer Hooker at 831-427-7712.

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Archeology Demonstration
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State Park Mission
Follow the archeological process from the dig to the display, and participate in hands-on activities
Date: 10/21/2017 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm


Archeology Demonstration
Saturday, October 21 from 1pm to 2pm
How do artifacts give us clues to the past? Follow the archeological process from the dig to the display, and participate in hands-on activities to discover the stories told by the artifacts. Presented in collaboration with the Santa Cruz Archeological Society. Event is free; rain cancels.

 


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 425-5849 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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
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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Snakes Alive!
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State Park Big Basin
Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like?
Date: 10/21/2017 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All

Snakes Alive!
Saturday, September 23 from 12-3 pm
Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Old Lodge, across the street from the Nature Lodge/Museum, meet Docent Diane Shaw and hear stories about the fascinating world of snakes. Stop by anytime to meet the snake and talk to Diane.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Coffee Talk and Crafts
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State Park Big Basin
Introduction to the park and figuring out the right trail for you!
Date: Every Su and Sa (Oct 8-Oct 28) from 9:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See different times

Coffee Talk and Crafts
Saturday, October 7 from 9-noon
AND Saturday, October 21 from 9:30-12:30
AND Sunday, October 22 from 9:30-12:30
AND Saturday, October 28 from 9:30-12:30
Come to the Sempervirens Room next to Park Headquarters for free coffee or hot chocolate! This is a great way to start your day in Big Basin. A Docent will be happy to answer your questions about the park and help get you going on the right trail. And bring the kids for a fun craft activity!


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8861 •website Boulder Creek 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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Outrageous Outgrowns
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Outrageous Outgrowns
Bay Area's Largest Children's Consignment Event
Date: Every day (Oct 20-Oct 22) from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: $5 parking show paking pass found on our website www.outrageousoutgrowns.com, the the gate attendant using a mobile device

Outrageous Outgrowns is the Bay Area's largest Children's and Maternity consignment event. We have thousands of gently used items at a fraction of retail!! Everything you need from Maternity to Teens all neatly arranged just like your favorite store!


Location: Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Rd., San Josse Map
Phone: (408) 391-5909 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Elephant Seal Walks Start Dec 15
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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
Phone: (650) 879-2025 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party
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Roaring Camp
Dress up for Halloween with favorites Thomas and Percy, for a 20 minute train ride, entertainment, and fun filled activities
Date: Every Su and Sa (Oct 14-Oct 29)
Admission Fees: Adults: $45 ~ Children: $35 (ages 2-12)

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Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party

OCTOBER 14 - 15, 21 - 22 & 28 - 29

 

ANNOUNCING THE TOUR'S MOST EXCITING YEAR EVER AS MATTEL DEBUTS TALKING THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE AND THOMAS' BEST FRIEND PERCY!


Little engineers won't believe their eyes-or their ears! Percy will be joining Thomas the Tank Engine on the rails! Also, Thomas the Tank Engine will be able to talk to his fans!


Dress up for Halloween with favorites Thomas and Percy, for a 20 minute train ride, entertainment, and fun filled activities for the entire family.

 

Activities include: Temporary Tattoos, Face Painting, Story Telling, Videos, Train Play Tables, Pick a Pumpkin (small pumpkins for little ones), Cookie decorating, photos with Sir Topham Hatt, Thomas store and entertainment.


Purchase tickets here


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

Elkhorn Slough Calendar Photography Contest

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Location: Porter Ranch, 1700 Elkhorn Rd, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 728-2822 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
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
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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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: https://www.santacruzpl.org/measure_s/

 

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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SPIN Fun Fundraiser
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SPIN
Date: 10/21/2017 from 11:00am to 4:00pm


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Location: Alladin Nursery, 2905 Freedom Blvd, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831.423-7713 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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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13 Halloween Days on the Wharf
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City of Santa Cruz
Show up for entertainment, tricks or treats on the wharf!
Date: Every day (Oct 19-Oct 31) from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: All ages welcome Admission Fees: free

(0 Oct 2017) Halloween_wharf13Days.jpgTrick or Treating Oct 31

Little witches, goblins, ghosts, and their parents can enjoy safe and sane trick-or-treating at the Parks and Recreation Department's Halloween celebration on the wharf. Treats for kids provided at wharf businesses. A children's costume contest on the wharf stage will add to the fun! 

 

Join us for 13 days of frightful fun on the Santa Cruz Wharf October 19 - 31!

Kick Off - October 19, 4:30 - 7:00 pm at the Wharf stage
FREE hot apple cider and games
The Great Morgani delights with festive music (and another fabulous outfit). 4:30 - 5:30 pm!
Wharf Specials for the Haunting Hours 5:00 - 7:00 pm!
Photo booth unveiling

Zombie Night on the Wharf - October 28, 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Thriller Zombie Dance 5:00 pm at the Wharf stage
Apocalypse Wharf Specials 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Ghostly fun at the Wharf stage

The Great Pumpkin Hunt - All 13 Days: Find 5 hidden pumpkins on the Wharf each with a unique Wharf trivia question and answer. Submit your answers to one of the businesses below and win a prize! Splash, Vino Prima, Riva's, Bonnie's Gifts, Stagnaro Bros, Marini's, The Sock Shop, Made in Santa Cruz and the Wharf Headquarters

Trick-or-Treating - October 31, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Meet and take photos with Spiderman, Princess Elsa and Moana, Treats from Wharf businesses

Photo Booth on the Wharf Stage
- All 13 Days: Snap a festive photo with your family with the scenic Monterey Bay and Lighthouse as your backdrop.

Wharf Specials - All 13 Days: Enjoy fabulous, unique specials from restaurants and gift shops perfectly catered to the Halloween theme.


Location: Santa Cruz Wharf, 21 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz Map
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Make-A-Vase Workshop
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Annieglass
You make it, they glaze it, a beautiful vase...
Date: 10/21/2017 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Admission Fees: $60

Make-A-Vase Workshop

popouts1742-Make-A-VaseYou make it, they glaze it. Join Good Life ceramics in making your very own slab vase while sipping a glass of wine. Sculpt your vase, attach the bottom by slip-and-scoring, chose your glaze, then pick up the finished piece a few weeks later.

 

This is the ideal workshop for creating a one-of-a-kind holiday gift with all of the tools and materials provided.

 

Quinta Cruz winemakers will be pouring wine, and snacks will be included.


INFO: 1:30-3:30 p.m. Annieglass, 310 Harvest Drive, Watsonville. annieglass.com. $60.


Location: 310 Harvest Drive, Watsonville Map
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Adult Crafts
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Library Felton
Come join us at The Felton Library for Adult Afternoon Arts and Crafts
Date: Every Su and Sa 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 with this week's craft: Leaf Painting!

 

 


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
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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.

SCPL News

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 stopthinkconnect.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
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Open Studio Preview
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Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County
The Cultural Council's Open Studios Art Tour brings artists and art enthusiasts together--from the redwoods to the sea
Date: Every Su and Sa (Sep 30-Oct 22)


Open Studio Preview

Saturday, September 30 - Sunday, October 22, 2017

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

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

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

 


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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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Book Sale at Aptos Library
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Library Aptos
Support your libraries by coming to the Aptos Book Sale and finding new life-changing books
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: 6yrs & up Admission Fees: Free

Monthly Book Sale @ Aptos Branch: 3rd Saturday of every month, 11 AM - 3 PM

Come browse a wide ranging collection from fiction to children's books, audio books to CD's. Our non-fiction covers subjects from A-Z: cookbooks, gardening, health & well-being, poetry, and travel among a myriad of other subject areas. Join us on Saturdays in the Aptos Library meeting room as the Aptos Chapter of the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries (Aptos FSCPL) hosts monthly book sales throughout the year (January-July and September-October). The books and media sold are selected from library donations.

 


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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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 / jmaccotto@ucsc.edu
Susana Arias, Curator 831.566.6607 / susanaariasarts@gmail.com

 

  • 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
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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
Wildflowers and Other Plants Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Yes! Wildflowers are still here!
Date: 10/21/2017 at 10:00am
Ages: 5+ or able to hike 3 miles Admission Fees: free

Hidden Gems of Big Basin: Wildflowers and Other Plants Hike
Saturday, October 21 at 10 am
There are many less-famous yet still beautiful plants in the redwood forest. Join Docents Kathy Willott and Glenn Joy on this 4-mile, 3-4-hour hike and meet some hidden gems of Big Basin! Bring water and lunch. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 


Location: Rancho del Oso Gate, Wadell Creek Map
Phone: 427-2288 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Thriller Dance Classes!
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City of Santa Cruz
Classes on Saturdays so you can Dance the Thriller on Halloween
Date: Every day (Sep 16-Oct 21) at 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free

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

 

Drop in!

 

 

BIG THRILLER DANCE EVENT OCT. 28

 


Location: Louden Nelson Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
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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

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Location: Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz 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 http://mct9to5.brownpapertickets.com/

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


Location: Park Hall, 9400 Mill St., Ben Lomond Map
Phone: 831.336.4777 •website Ben Lomond create a direct event link
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.

 

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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.

 

Fees


Location: 14485 Monterey Highway, San Martin Map
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Arata Farm Hay Maze
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Arata Pumpkin Farm
Hey everyone, it's that time of year again! Come on out to the farm and enjoy the world famous Minotaur's Labyrinth Hay Maze, or
Date: Every day (Sep 25-Oct 31) from 9:00am to 7:00pm


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Location: 185 Verde Rd, Half Moon Bay Map
Phone: (650) 726-7548 •website Half Moon Bay create a direct event link
Friends' 4th Edition Gala
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Friends of Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Date: Every day (Sep 16-Oct 21) at 10:00am


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

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

 


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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
Phone: 831.426-0505 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Open Studios
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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 (Oct 7-Oct 22) from 11:00am to 5:00pm


Welcome!

 

The 2017 Open Studios Artist Guide is now available! The FREE Artist Guides are being distributed by our partner, Good Times – find your copy alongside the Good Times in all of their delivery locations – click here for a list of their major distribution points in Santa Cruz. Guides will be replenished in late September and early October.

 

Artist Guides are also available at businesses throughout Santa Cruz County and beyond. Click here for a list of outlets.

 

The FREE Open Studios App is in the final test stages and will be ready September 25th on iTunes & GooglePlay.

 

This year’s tour features 302 artists… This year’s cover features an image of Taylor Reinhold, Artist #208, in his Soquel studio.

 

Like the Arts Council on Facebook – Open Studios artist profiles are underway and our daily Fab Four posts started on September 1st. The profiles are a great way to learn more about our artists and what they have in store for you this year!

 

This year’s Visitor Survey will be available starting Monday, October 9th. Everyone who submits a survey will be entered for a chance to win $100 in Open Studios Art Bucks. Visitors who fill in the optional “Buzzy Bee Count” at the end of the survey will be entered for a second chance to win $100 in Open Studios Art Bucks. See page 81 in the Artist Guide for more details!Dates for 2017 Tour:

 

  • October 7th & 8th  North County
  • October 14th & 15th  South County
  • October 21st & 22nd  All County

Studios open 11:00AM to 5:00PM.


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Kaiwa Open Studio and Play Time!
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Kaiwa Art & Play Space
Date: Every Fri and Sa from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: 3-12 Admission Fees: $15/hr
Special Instructions: Pre-registration required

Kaiwa Open Studio and Play Time! Fridays and Saturdays. 3-6pm. Come create and play at Kaiwa's magical art studio, play space, and gallery! For $10 per child, you have unlimited access to all of Kaiwa's quality materials and 1-on-1 interaction with certified art teacher Keara Connor, MAEd. What are you inspired to create today? Kaiwa Art and Play Space, 185 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz. 316-0918 www.kaiwaspace.org

 


Location: 185 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
A moveable feast of fresh, locally grown produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats and poultry, baked goods, music and good comp
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed and Sa
Ages: All

Our family of five farmers' markets showcases the best in regional organic produce, pasture-raised meats, eggs and dairy, sustainably-harvested seafoods and artisan-made goods.

 

Purchasing your food through the area's farmers' markets ensures that you are getting the freshest, healthiest and tastiest foods while supporting local jobs, increasing local spending and promoting the region's strong farming tradition.

 

We provide direct access to sustainable sources of fresh produce and other unique foods and education about food issues, both local and beyond.

 

Santa Cruz/Downtown Weds 1:30-5:30 Lincoln & Cedar Year-round
Santa Cruz/West Side
Sat 9-1 2801 Mission Year-round
Scotts Valley Sat 9-1 King's Village Dr Year-round
Live Oak/East Side
Sun 9-1 15th & Eastcliff Dr Year-round
Felton Tues 2:30-6:30 120 Russell Ave May - Oct

Location: 2801 Mission St, Santa Cruz Map
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Pumpkin Patch, You Pick Pumpkins
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Rodoni Farms
Great local place to pick your pumpkin right from the field and have fun in the corn maze!
Date: Every day (Sep 22-Oct 31)

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

Pumpkins are HERE!!

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

 

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

 

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

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

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


Location: 4444 Coast Rd. , Santa Cruz Map
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BikeAbout
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San Francisco Zoo
It's sure to be a "wheely" fun time!
Date: 10/21/2017
Admission Fees: free - $23
Special Instructions: Sloat Blvd at Great highway

(0 Oct 2017) SFZoo_BikeAbout.jpgJoin us on October 21st for the last Family BikeAbout of the year; it's sure to be a "wheely" fun time! You'll have the exclusive opportunity to pedal through the Zoo with a knowledgeable guide before we open for the day. You may find a tiger yawning and stretching, a bear bathing or monkeys bounding through the branches for their morning exercise.

 

Pre-registration required, bikes not provided by the SF Zoo. Learn more here: (photo: Marianne Hale)

 

Fees
SFZS Members: $18 per peddler
Non-Members: $23 per peddler

Children piggy-backing on their parents' bikes are free.

* Pre-registration required.

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Cancellation Policy: No refunds on cancellations received less than 7 days before the event.

 


Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco Map
Phone: (415) 753-7080 •website San Franciscocreate a direct event link
HILLARIOUS HALLOWEEN COMEDY!
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Santa Cruz Performing Arts
Call Ben Jammin for more information
Date: Every day (Oct 20-Oct 31)


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Two FREE comedy showcases this week - one today at Kristy's School of Dance in Aptos, and one on Wednesday at Tierra Pacifica Charter School. Showtime is at 3:30 and the performance lasts about 40 minutes.

 

 

Hilarious Halloween is a multi-generational review that features humor of the macabre - Addams Family, etc. You'll be sure to laugh your head off! Bwahahaha!

 


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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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Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
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State Park Henry Cowell
Learn how to make a basket with local pine needles!
Date: Every 2 weeks on Sa (Oct 7-Oct 21) from 10:00am to 12:00pm


Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
Saturday, October 7 from 10am to noon
Saturday, October 21 from 10am to noon
Join Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Docent Cheryl VanDeVeer or a fun, free, family workshop learning how to make a basket from local pine needles. Children 10 and older may attend if accompanied by an adult. Class begins at 10am and fills on a first-come basis. Meet at the Visitor Center in the day-use area, located off Highway 9 in Felton. No experience necessary.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
Phone: 831-335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
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
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •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
Phone: (408) 840-7100 •website Gilroy create a direct event link
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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Take the Dogs Out!
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SPCA
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 :)
https://spcasc.org/events/general-volunteer-orientation/

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Location: 2685 Chanticleer Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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The Smithsonian Is Coming!
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San Lorenzo Valley Museum
Hometown Teams explores the deep roots of sports in American culture, and shows how we engage in and watch sports to have fun, b
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Oct 14-Nov 26)


(0 Sept 2017) SLV_HometownTeamsExhibition.jpgThe Smithsonian Is Coming!

Hometown Teams explores the deep roots of sports in American culture, and shows how we engage in and watch sports to have fun, build up our communities, and support each other.

 

Hometown Teams is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.


Opening Reception Oct 14, 2-4pm

 

 


Location: 12547 Hwy 9, Boulder Creek Map
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Halloween@Night
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Gilroy Gardens
Discover a whole new kind of magical, mystical Halloween adventure this fall!
Date: Every day (Sep 30-Oct 29) from 11:00am to 6:00pm


Halloween@Night

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

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


A Mysterious Glow...

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

Rides will not be in operation during Halloween@Night.


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The Marketplace

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

 

 

Spooky Entertainment!

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

 

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

 


Location: 3050 Heckler Pass, Gilroy Map
Phone: (408) 840-7100 •website Gilroy create a direct event link
Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Bring binoculars, bird guides and readiness for silent observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp autumn day
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month (Oct 8-Dec 9) at 8:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 17 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1

Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley
Saturdays, October 14, November 11, December 9 at 8 am

 

Join Interpretive Specialist Jeremy Lin, for an approximate two mile hike to observe, listen, and enjoy morning wildlife at Rancho del Oso. We will take our time and explore the beautiful coastal valley. No previous experience necessary. It is helpful to bring binoculars, bird guides and a readiness for patient observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp fall morning in Waddell Valley. We will meet at the deck in front of the Nature Center.

 

Rancho del Oso - Coastal Section of Big Basin Redwoods State Park

The Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center is open to the general public.

The Center is located 2 miles south of Año Nuevo (or 16 miles north of Santa Cruz) just off Highway 1. Turn at the first road south of the Waddell Creek bridge and follow the signs. Extreme weather may cancel events; please call ahead. For more information or to register for events, call 831 427-2288 or email jeremy.lin@parks.ca.gov. Go Green!

 

If you would like to go paperless, please send your full name and email to judybugg46@yahoo.com.
Rancho del Oso News is published quarterly by the Waddell Creek Association, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.


Location: 3600 Hwy 1 , Davenport Map
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Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure
Date: Every Sa (Oct 7-Oct 21) from 11:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10
Special Instructions: See details for dates/times

Redwood Tours                                       
Saturday, October 7 at 11am and 2pm
Saturday, October 14 at 11am and 2pm
Saturday, October 21 at 11am and 2pm
Meet at the Visitor Center (day-use area located off Hwy 9 in Felton)
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 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.

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
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Fall Harvest Festival
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Live Earth Farm
Join us for the Farm Discovery's annual Harvest Festival
Date: 10/21/2017 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: $15-$20 sliding scale per car in advance or $20 at the door, supports our education programs. *Free passes available for under

Farm Discovery Harvest Festival @ Live Earth Farm

 

Featuring:

  • Face Painting
  • Apple Cider Pressing
  • Pumpkin Decorating Activities
  • Sausages and Beer from Nubo Brewery
  • Live Music from the Down Beets
  • Tractor Rides (weather permitting)
  • Ice Cream from the Penny
  • Delectable drinks from Hidden Fortress Coffee
  • And more!

All proceeds will support Farm Discovery's farm-based nutrition and food systems education programs; nurturing diversity, personal, environmental, economic, and community health.


Location: 172 Litchfield Lane, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 763-2448 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Haunted House Ben Lomond
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Ben Lomond's Cat House Haunt
We cant wait to scare you all this Friday on opening night!
Date: Every day (Oct 20-Nov 2) from 6:30pm to 10:30pm


(0 Oct 2017) Halloween_BLCatHouseHaunt.jpgWe cant wait to scare you all this Friday on opening night!

Located off of Highway 9 in Ben Lomond, we are a FREE Haunted House for all ages! Kid friendly, adult scary.

 

We will be open every night between October 20th and November 2nd between 6:30pm and 10:30pm. We stay open later on the weekends and until the line ends on Halloween night.

 

9649 Highway 9 Ben Lomond

We also can still use more monsters so if you'd like to volunteer please send us a message!


Halloween Night - 6:30pm - 12:00am or until the line ends!

 


Location: 9649 CA-9, 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 Pjaro Valleys past.
Date: Every day (Mar 18-Dec 30) from 11:00am to 3:00pm

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

(AAA_Feb 2015) Castro-Adobe.jpgOpen Houses, Castro Adobe State Historic Park

 

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

 

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

 

2017 Open House days at Castro Adobe

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

 

The open houses will be 11am to 3pm

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

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

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

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


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-335-6318 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Annual Santa Cruz Band Review
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Beach Boardwalk
Great fun watching teen bands march and play!
Date: 10/21/2017 from 9:00am to 2:00pm


(0 Sept 2017) BeachBoardwalk_BandReview7.jpgEnjoy the colorful parade as junior high and high school bands hit the streets for the ONLY marching band competition with warm sand, cool surf and hot rides!

55 school marching bands from all over Northern California will be judged in categories such as music, showmanship and marching.

 

Come early and cheer for your hometown favorites, all Boardwalk rides are open from 11am to 7pm!

 

Note: There will be some restricted street parking and minor detours near the Boardwalk during the Band Review, but all Boardwalk parking lots will be open.

 

Parade Route

The entire parade route is now in the area adjacent to the Boardwalk with easy bus drop-off and more time for students to enjoy the Boardwalk.

2015 Parade Route Map

 

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Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
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