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Holiday Ice Skating
Ice skate by the beach, on real ice!
Every day (Nov 11-Jan 7)
Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map

Boardwalk Holiday Ice
Presented by Dignity Health Medical Network

November 11, 2017- January 7, 2018

Celebrate this holiday season with a new family tradition - ice skating at the Boardwalk!

Festivities Include:

  • Ice Skating by the Beach - on Real Ice!
  • Holiday Lights and Decorations
  • Boardwalk Rides* & Games
  • Indoor Arcades, Mini Golf, and Laser Tag
  • Classic Holiday Movies

Schedule

November 11 - December 24, 2017, and January 2 - 7, 2018

Fridays-Sundays: 12pm-9pm

Mondays-Thursdays: 4pm-9pm

December 25, 2017 - January 1, 2018

12pm-9pm

Ice Skating

Our new 40' x 60' covered ice skating rink is open rain or shine!

Each 1-hour session includes ice skate rental.

$12

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Reserve your ice skating session before you arrive!

(Online reservations coming in November)

 

*Please call (831) 423-5590 the day of your visit to confirm which rides and games are open.

 

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STEAM in Nature
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Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery
Fine Motor Skills, Art through various mediums, Natural Science Exploration
Date: Every Wed from 3:00pm to 3:30pm
Ages: 0-12 Admission Fees: Free with museum admission or membership. Admission is $7 adults, $5 for children 2-17. Children under age 2 are free.

Create STEAM-based nature art while learning about the science of our natural environment in this weekly class with educator Sue Creswell.

 

Sue Creswell has been a primary teacher, with an emphasis on environmental education, for 26 years.

 

Program Goals: Fine Motor Skills, Art through various mediums, Natural Science Exploration.

 

Program Description: The STEAM fields of study are all intertwined in nature. Children, at all levels, will benefit from exploring and experimenting with a variety of natural, recycled, and art materials. This program might use nature's mathematical patterns of geometry, symmetry, fractals, and Fibonacci spirals. Thematic science, art, technology, and engineering from MOD's exhibits might inspire this program's open-ended projects.

 


Location: Capitola Mall, 1855 41st Ave., Capitola Map
Phone: (888) 424-8035 •website Capitola create 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
Home for the Holidays
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SPCA
For the next nine weeks we will zero in on nine of our longest hangin' shelter buddies with the goal of getting them into loving
Date: Every day


(0 Nov 2017) SPCA_HomefortheHolidays.jpgIt's coming! Warm those thumbs up and get ready to SHARE like you've never SHARED before -- Home For The Holidays Challenge 2017!

 

For the next nine weeks we will zero in on nine of our longest hangin' shelter buddies with the goal of getting them into loving homes by the holidays (or at least by the 1st of the year!). We are going to basically fill your feed with their faces, post their videos like paparazzi, and tell you over and over about why you need them in your life -- because you do. We will limit it to one post a day though, so hang in there.

Each of our holiday starlets will come with a little something special -- and their adoption fees are on the house! If you can't adopt, you can advocate the adorable and make each post a share-fest. Here we go!


Location: 2685 Chanticleer Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Teens Helping Homeless Pets
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SPCA
We've still got room in our November PAWS volunteer group for ages 9-11 yrs
Date: Every Wed (Nov 1-Nov 29) from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Ages: 9-11

(0 Nov 2017) SPCA_TeenVolunteers.jpgGot an animal loving pre-teen with some extra time on their hands? Put them to work for homeless dogs and cats!

 

We've still got room in our November PAWS volunteer group for ages 9-11 yrs.

 

This group will meet Wednesdays (Nov. 8th, 15th, and 29th) from 3:30pm - 5:30pm.

 

More info here! https://spcasc.org/humane-education/youth-volunteer/

 


Location: 2685 Chanticleer Avenue, Santa Cruz 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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Code Combat Club
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Library Scotts Valley
Learn basic coding skills easily
Date: Every Wed (Sep 13-Dec 13) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm


SCPL's CodeCombat Coding Club is a once weekly meetup where we use online, game-based coding to learn Python and JavaScript. CodeCombat is a real game that teaches learners of all ages to code by playing through levels and quickly mastering programming concepts. It's not just gamification with bells and whistles, it's democratizing learning to code by making the process more accessible and engaging than ever before! Learners write code, execute it and see their changes in real-time!


Additional Information

CodeCombat is a platform for students to learn computer science while playing through a real game. Our courses have been specifically playtested to excel in the classroom, even for teachers with little to no prior programming experience.

 

 


Location: Scotts Valley Library, 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Strike Out Hunger
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Boardwalk Bowl
Can of food for a free game
Date: Every day (Nov 1-Dec 31)


(0 Nov 2017) BoardwalkBowl.jpgYou can help #StrikeOutHunger and bowl for FREE!  Bring a can of food to the Boardwalk Bowl, now through December 31st, and bowl a game on us.  Food for the needy...free bowling for you! All donations go to the Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz

 

Bring a can of food, and bowl a game for FREE!
All food donations go to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County to help feed local families. Last year, we collected over 10,810 cans or over five tons of food!

 

For a $100 cash donation to Second Harvest, we're giving away 25 FREE BOWLING passes for use at the Boardwalk Bowl on future visits.

 

Boardwalk Bowl League Players who bring in 3 cans of unexpired food during league play receive 3 FREE BOWLING passes for a future visit.

 


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International Games Week
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Library Scotts Valley
Special gaming programs and events suitable for the whole family
Date: Every day (Oct 30-Nov 4)


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.


Location: 251 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Code Combat
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Learn basic coding skills easily
Date: Every Wed (Sep 13-Dec 14) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

SCPL's CodeCombat Coding Club is a once weekly meetup where we use online, game-based coding to learn Python and JavaScript. CodeCombat is a real game that teaches learners of all ages to code by playing through levels and quickly mastering programming concepts. It's not just gamification with bells and whistles, it's democratizing learning to code by making the process more accessible and engaging than ever before! Learners write code, execute it and see their changes in real-time!


Additional Information

CodeCombat is a platform for students to learn computer science while playing through a real game. Our courses have been specifically playtested to excel in the classroom, even for teachers with little to no prior programming experience.

 

 


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7707x7648 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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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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

www.parks.ca.gov/anonuevo

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
Fantasy of Lights
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County of Santa Clara Parks
Magical wonderland of thousands of colorful twinkling lights, exciting, animated displays and favorite holiday music
Date: Every day (Nov 1-Dec 30) from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Admission Fees: Tickets available NOW!
Special Instructions: OPEN DECEMBER 2-30

Fantasy of Lights is a spectacular 1.5 mile Drive-thru extravaganza of Holiday Lights and Displays for the entire family.

Enjoy a magical evening in the warmth of your vehicle as you drive through large animated
displays while listening to Holiday music on your car radio. See the sights and sounds of
an erupting volcano in the dangerously fun Dinosaur Den, cheer on Santa shooting hoops,
wave at a pen of playful penguins, watch blazing Pirate Cannons and sail through tunnels
of moving lights. Over 50 themed displays and a 90-foot twinkling tree will have you
"oohing and aahing" throughout your adventure.

 

(0 Nov 2017) Christmas_FantasyWalk.jpg Saturday December 2 and Sunday December 3 ONLY!  4:00 pm - 9:00 pm, ADMISSION WITH PRE-PAID TICKETS ONLY! -- ON SALE NOVEMBER 1!


  • $10 - adult (13 & up)
  • $5 - child (4 thru 12)
  • FREE - 3 years old or younger

(0 Nov 2017) Christmas_FantasyDrive.jpgTuesday, December 5 - Saturday, December 30, 2017 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm, (Closed December 25), ADMISSION WITH PRE-PAID TICKETS ONLY! -- ON SALE NOVEMBER 1! --

 


  • $20 - PER VEHICLE (up to 12 people)
  • $50 - oversize vehicles (capacity 13+)

IMPORTANT NOTE!
There is NO event parking at Vasona County Park! Free parking & shuttle available at NETFLIX, 121 Albright Way. We HIGHLY encourage ridesharing with LYFT or UBER.  Please respect our neighbors! Event cancelled ONLY with heavy rains or unsafe conditions.


Location: Vasona Lake County Park, 333 Blossom Hill Dr, Los Gatos Map
Phone: (408) 355-2201 •website Los Gatos create a direct event link
Family Caroling Class
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Santa Cruz Performing Arts
Holiday caroling course for both kids and adults! Learn how to harmonize.
Date: Every Su and Wed (Oct 23-Dec 11)
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: TUITION; $150 (Family Discounts Available)

(0 Oct 2017) BenJamminCarolingClass.jpgFamily Caroling  ~  Hark, the Family Carolers Sing!

Now you can pass-down the tradition of holiday caroling by enrolling your child and/or self in our annual multi-generational choir! Drawing from both traditional and non-traditional music, students learn beginning harmony and vocal techniques, while singing an array of traditional and secular holiday carols, including, "Seasons of Love", "Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog", and "Silent Night"! 
Classes are fun, low key, meet once a week, and begin in mid-October.

SUNDAYS:@Kristy's School of Dance in Aptos - October 23 - December 11 - 2:00-3:30 OR  WEDNESDAYS @Ben Jammin's Studio in Live Oak - October 19 - December 11 - 3:30-5:00


Please note that students may choose to rotate between the Sunday and Wednesday locations to make-up missed rehearsals. The course will end with four caroling exhibitions (some exhibitions are subject to change), of which we request participants to perform in a minimum of two.

TUITION; $150 (Family Discounts Available)

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Location: Kristy's School of Dance & Ben J, 7970 Soquel Dr, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 334-2121 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Robo Sumo
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Try your hand at the not-so-ancient-art of building Sumo wrestling robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS
Date: Every Wed (Sep 13-Jan 10) from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 7 to 18

Robo Sumo

Try your hand at the not-so-ancient-art of building Sumo wrestling robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited to 20. E-mail pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831.427.7717 to register. For ages 7 to 18.

 

This is a twelve week series. NOT A DROP-IN PROGRAM. Registration begins August 1st 2017.


Location: Scotts Valley Library, 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 831.427.7717 •website Scotts Valley 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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Preschool Adventures at the Sanctuary Exploration Center
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Sanctuary Exploraiton Center
Free Storytime with Crafts and Show and Tell
Date: Every Wed from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-5 Admission Fees: FREE

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


Location: 35 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Capitola Plein Air !
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City of Capitola
Watch artists paint all around Capitola on Saturday, November 4th 10am-2pm. You may stumble upon them painting November 1-3 as
Date: Every day (Nov 1-Nov 5)


Welcome to Capitola Plein Air !

 Capitola Plein Air returns for the third annual paint out November 1-5, 2017!

 

Capitola Plein Air returns for a third annual event! Join us November 4th and 5th for a weekend of creativity, camaraderie, and beautiful artwork!

 

Watch artists paint all around Capitola on Saturday, November 4th 10am-2pm. You may stumble upon them painting November 1-3 as well!

 

View their finished works and check out the award winners at the exhibition on Sunday, November 5th, 11am-4pm, at New Brighton Middle School Performing Arts Center, 250 Washburn Ave.

 

Chat with artists, have fun doing hands on art activities, enjoy live music, and purchase your favorite artwork at the fine art sale.  And don't forget to vote for your favorite piece for the People's Choice Award! A portion of art sales will benefit art education.


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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
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Citizen Science: Environteers
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Learn about ways to preserve our naturalresources.
Date: The 1st Th of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Citizen Science: Environteers

SCPL News

We can all have an impact on preserving our natural resources. This month, Citizen Science invites you to learn about ways to do just that. Led by Andy Carman of Environteers, a local group dedicated to promoting environmental organizations in Santa Cruz County and connecting people with volunteer opportunities, our discussion will also give participants a chance to talk about their favorite project.

 

Presenter Andy Carman is Chief Instigator of Environteers, is a psychologist, and is committed to full participation in restoring our environment and global reforestation to help reverse climate change.

 

Citizen Science is a collaboration between the Santa Cruz Public Libraries; the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History (SCMNH), the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery (SCCMOD) and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).

 

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

 

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

 


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Trivia on Tap
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Library Central & Scotts Valley
Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize.
Date: The 1st Th of every month from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Trivia on Tap
Join Santa Cruz Public Libraries as we host a bimonthly trivia night at Steel Bonnet Brewing Company in Scotts Valley. Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize. Event occurs 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month.
Note: Special Theme: Film and Television
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Location: Steel Bonnet Brewing Company , 20 Victor Square, Scotts Valley Map
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NaNoWriMo Kick Off Author Talk with Shelly King
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Meet local Author Shelly King who wrote her first novel, The Moment of Everything, during a NaNoWriMo!
Date: 11/02/2017 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Admission Fees: free

Local Author Shelly King wrote he first novel, The Moment of Everyhting, during a NaNoWriMo! At the Kick Off event, she'll talk about writing the best story you can; the differences between an agent, an editor, and a publisher; contracts; and self-publishing. We'll have time for Q & A too.

Shelly King's book is about a Silicon Valley Techie who joins a book club for networking and finds an ancient hardcover edition of Lady Chatterley's Lover with notes in the margins between two besotted lovers of long ago. The book is a real treat for local book lovers.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is an annual challenge during the month of November to write the first draft of a 50,000 word novel. To help facilitate the creative process, Santa Cruz Public Libraries is hosting Come Write-Ins at most of our branches throughout the county. Here you'll be able to share your ideas, stories, and support other writers in their quest for 50,000 words.

 

 


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 210-6551 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Friday Night Live: Rivervale
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Enjoy live music every Friday Night in Abbott Square.
Date: Every Fri (Sep 22-Nov 25) from 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Special Instructions: Evergreen Street near Harvey West Park

Friday Night Live: Rivervale

Enjoy live music every Friday Night in Abbott Square. This week: Rivervale Rivervale is a fun, eclectic group of Santa Cruz and Soquel friends formed to play Jug Band, Old Timey, Country Blues, Originals and String Jazz. With guitars, mandolins and vocals, sterling harmonies and original tunes, plus intricate and beautiful guitar leads on acoustic jazz guitar and tube driven Telecaster, backed by upright bass, you're sure to get moving and grooving to this lively crew.   This program was...

 


Location: Abbott Square, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-1964 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Fall Book Sale!
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Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Thousands of books will be available!
Date: Every day (Nov 3-Nov 4) from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Members Only: Friday, Nov. 3rd, 5pm 8pm ~Open to Everyone: Saturday, Nov. 4th, 10am 4pm

Save the Date: Fall Book Sale!


From rare books at low prices to vintage CDs and media; this is one event you don't want to miss! To find out more about our Fall Book Sale, click here.

 

Are your old books collecting dust on your bookshelf? Donations are still being accepted for the Fall Book Sale! Just bring your books and/or media to the Downtown Library Branch and we'll help your beloved books find a new home. For more information, click here.

 

Nov3 Members Only Fall Book Sale Fri 5 PM PDT · Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium · Santa Cruz JOIN

 

Nov4 Fall Book Sale at the SC Civic Sat 10 AM PDT · Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium · Santa Cruz

 

Nov18 Fall Sale at La Selva Beach Branch Library Sat 10 AM PST


Location: Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Register to Vote Day
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Did you recently MOVE (change address) TURN 18 GET MARRIED (change your name) or COMPLETE PROBATION? If so, you may need to
Date: Every day (Nov 3-Nov 4)


Did you recently MOVE (change address) • TURN 18 • GET MARRIED (change your name) or COMPLETE PROBATION? If so, you may need to register or re-register to VOTE!

 

Get the task done with ease and simplicity (and free of any cost including postage) at your local branch library on Tuesday, September 26th! Join the fun as thousands of libraries and organizations across the nation celebrate democracy by participating in National Voter Registration Day.

 

All Branches of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries will have paper and electronic forms readily available for quick registration.

 

 

 


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FILL THE GOODWILL TRUCK - GATEWAY SCHOOL'S 8TH GRADE WASHINGTON
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Gateway School
FILL THE GOODWILL TRUCK - GATEWAY SCHOOL'S 8TH GRADE WASHINGTON DC FUNDRAISER
Date: Every day (Nov 3-Nov 5) from 9:00am to 3:00pm


Mark your calendar for Friday - Sunday, Nov 3 - Nov 5 from 9am -3pm.

Please help the 8th Graders raise funds for Washington DC by bringing your unwanted items to fill up the Goodwill truck! The truck will be located at Gateway School's back parking lot on W. Cliff Dr/Pelton

ABLE TO ACCEPT:

• Clothing, linens
• Shoes, boots, purses, belts, and jewelry
• Household items - dishes, glassware, utensils, lamps and small appliances
• Books, textbooks, CD's, video's, DVD's, games
• Sporting goods
• Computers, computer software and computer equipment
• Electronics - such as TV's, radios, stereos, and phones


Location: Gateway School, 126 Eucalyptus Ave, 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)


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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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Junior High Roller Skating
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Twin Lakes Church
Come join the fun and dress as your favorite zoo animal
Date: 11/03/2017 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Admission Fees: $15 Includes snack

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Join us for Roller Skating!  November 3rd, from 7-10pm! Drop-off and pick-up @ TLC circle.
COST: $15 Includes snack


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Seymour Community Free Days
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Free Community Day...Come visit us!
Date: 11/03/2017 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: We are located at the end of Delaware Avenue.

Community Free Days

The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is open to the community free of charge on the following days:

 

2017

September 8
October 6
November 3

Sponsored by:
www.montereybayseaglass.com / Nancy Allen

 

Come touch a friendly shark, see how marine scientists work, and take in the spectacular Monterey Bay. Our exhibit hall offers a deeper dive into the adventure of ocean research here in Santa Cruz
a! nd around the world. Visit us and explore the fascinating world of marine science and conservation. The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is a self-supporting part of the University of California, Santa Cruz. At the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, you can visit exhibit halls, aquarium, and touch pools as part of a working marine laboratory. Take tours to the marine mammal research overlook, visit the Ocean Discovery Shop, and delight in unsurpassed vistas of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

 

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Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Ranch Tours
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State Park Wilder Ranch
History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends
Date: Every Su and Sa at 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10 parking

(0 Oct 2017) Wilder_Baking2.jpgRanch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends with Machine Shop Pelton Water Wheel Demos, baking on the woodstove, and ranch tours.

 

Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505.

 

Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: Wilder Ranch , Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map
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Around the World in 60-90 Minutes!
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
Learn about the exotic plants from around the world
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Free with admission

Around the World in 60-90 Minutes!

The first Saturday of each month, the Arboretum offers a docent or staff-led tour of the Arboretum.

 

Sometimes you will see New Zealand, South Africa, or California and Australia. Sometimes you might see combinations of several gardens or the developing World Conifer Collection or Rare Fruit Garden. Tour length varies depending on what's in bloom and what the participants request.

Meet at Norrie's Gift & Garden Shop at the Arboretum at 11:00am to begin the tour.

 

The tour is free with paid admission to the Arboretum. Admission to the gardens is $5 for adults, $2 for those between 6 and 17 years. Arboretum members are admitted to the Arboretum free.


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Walking Tour Fisherman's Wharf
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Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf Association
Walk and talk: History of Sardine Fishing
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: 10+ Admission Fees: $15-20

Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf Association Continues "Wharf Walks - Walking Tours at Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf"

The Monterey Fisherman's Wharf Association continues to team up with noted Monterey Bay Fisheries Historian and author, Tim Thomas, who is offering monthly "Wharf Walks - Walking Tours at Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf" (www.montereywharf.com) on the first Saturday of every month from 10:00 AM - Noon.

 

Tours meet at the head of Old Fisherman's Wharf (near the pink "Harbor House" store, #1 Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey. Advance reservations are required by calling Tim Thomas at (831) 521-3304 or via email timsardine@yahoo.com.

 

The tour is for ages 10-adult only and the cost is $20 for adults and kids are $15 (10-15 years).  Group Rates are also available.


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I was born inMexico but...
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Library Central
California Conversations on Immigration: I was born in Mexico but...
Date: 11/04/2017 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

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California Conversations on Immigration


DACA: Film Screenings & Discussion with Filmmakers

 

Join us for a film screening and discussion led by two filmmakers. Brenda Avila Hanna's "Vida Diferida" (Life; deferred), offers a window into the lives of undocumented children as changes in government transform hope into uncertainty. Corey Ohama's "I Was Born in Mexico, But..." is a creative portrait of a young woman who thought she was American but finds out as a teen that she is undocumented. Both films offer a unique window into the lives of the DACA generation.

 


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7707x7648 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Sea Glass & Ocean Art Festival
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Santa Cruz Seaglass Festival
The romance of sea glass on display and for sale!
Date: Every day (Nov 4-Nov 5) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: $5, Kids under 6 free

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Admission is $5 of which 10% is donated to the Monterey Bay Sanctuary!  Admission includes an entry for the amazing FREE hourly raffle for a chance to win dozens of amazing wares from our artists.

Started in 2009 the Santa Cruz Sea Glass & Ocean Art Festival features genuine sea glass and artist-made creations, while benefiting our local marine environment.

 

Since 2009, Santa Cruz Sea Glass is honored to have raised over $10,000 in donations to local ocean conservation, supporting the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary which is dedicated to educating people about the preservation and conservation of our amazing Oceans.  Last year we had a record breaking attendance to see the work of over 40 amazing artists coming from all over the world.

 

The event is INDOORS at the historic Coconut Grove ball room, plenty of great parking, food & full bar!
We hope you can join us!


Payment  - $5 entry includes a chance to win an amazing raffle basket. Four will be given away each day! Part of the proceeds from the entry fee is donated to the Monterey Bay Sanctuary - protecting the oceans we love!

 

For more information, visit http://www.santacruzseaglass.com/festival.html


Location: Cocoanut Grove , Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 332-7188 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Basic Bicycle Maintenance Class
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The Spokesman
Learn how to fix your flat tire!
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00am
Ages: Free

Spokesman Bicycles Free Flat Fixing Class

 

Spokesman offers this great (and FREE) flat-fixing class. Check it out to learn how you can most efficiently change your own flat whether you're in the middle of a ride or just wanting to bust out your bike from your garage but the tires are flat.

Spokesman Bicycles, Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz, CA

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Location: Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Birding Walk, Elkhorn Slough
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Elkhorn Slough
Go on a guided bird hunt, begin or add to your list of sitings
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 8:30am

Special Instructions: Meet in the parking lot behind Whole Enchilada

Birding
Elkhorn Slough supports 346 diverse species of resident and migratory birds. On a recent ESF member birding walk, participants spotted more than three dozen species in a short time frame. It's no surprise that the slough is recognized as a globally important birding area. Keep track of your sightings by downloading a bird sightings list from our website.

 

Tour with professional birder Rick Fournier, one of our volunteer docents. Day use fee of $4.00 for each visitor, 16 years and older. Tour begins promptly and lasts 2-3 hours.

 

 


Location: 1700 Elkhorn Road , Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 728-2822 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
"Nice Work If You Can Get It"
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Cabrillo Theater
A heartwarming performance of a classic!
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Nov 4-Nov 19)
Admission Fees: $18 to $20
Special Instructions: Friday and Saturday Evenings 7:30pm Sunday Matinees 2:00pm

(0 Nov 2017) Cabrillo-Niceworkifyoucangetit2.jpg"Nice Work If You Can Get It"

 

Take a trip to the '20s, in all of their toe-tapping glory, with a modern twist on social and political comedy still relevant today. Based on a novel by Tony Award-winner Joe DiPietro, the 1920s' prohibition story features bootleggers, dowagers and chorus girls, with nods to marijuana legalization and the political influence of the 1 percent. The show, a hit on Broadway, is here to make Santa Cruz laugh out loud.


Music by George and Ira Gershwin, book by Joe DiPieto

Directed by: Kathryn Adkins

"Nice Work: includes many of the Gershwin top of the chart songs in this zaney updated comedy. Audiences will tap toes to "Fascinating Rhythm",

So Wonderful, Someone to Watch Over Me.

 

TICKETS

 

November 4th through November 19th 2017

Friday and Saturday Evenings 7:30pm

Sunday Matinees 2:00pm

Special Matinees -Saturday November 11th at 2:00pm and Saturday November 18th at 2:00pm


Location: Cabrillo Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 479-6154 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Studio Ghibli Free Kid Movies
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Live Oak Grange
View wonderful kid movies with the family!
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 7:00pm
Admission Fees: A $5 donation per family is suggested

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Popcorn and refreshments will be for sale. A $5 donation per family is suggested - All proceeds will be donated towards the Grange Hall Renovation Fund.


Saturday 10/7: My Neighbor Totoro

 

Saturday 11/4: Princess Mononoke

 

Saturday 12/2: Kiki's Delivery Service


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz 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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Day of the Dead
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MAH
All-ages festival throughout downtown
Date: 11/04/2017 at 12:30pm


 

Celebrate the dead with an all-ages festival throughout Downtown Santa Cruz.

Experience vibrant dance performances. Get your face painted. Indulge in delicious food. Join in on a procession to enjoy more dance, music and outdoor altars at Evergreen Cemetery.

Día de los Muertos is presented in partnership with Senderos, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

Follow this link for full details.
https://santacruzmah.org/diadelosmuertos

 


Location: 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!
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State Park Big Basin
Explore the parks less traveled backcountry,
Date: Every Su and Sa (Nov 4-Nov 26) at 12:00pm
Ages: All

Discover Big Basin Redwoods

Saturday, November 4 at noon

Sunday, November 5 at noon

Saturday, November 11 at noon

Sunday, November 12 at noon

Sunday, November 19 at noon

Saturday, November 25 at noon

Sunday, November 26 at noon

Explore the park's less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike is tailored to your group. Based on group size, experience level and weather conditions, we will choose from the many trails that explore the park's most scenic areas. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
The Cat that Changed America
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Rio Theater
A new documentary film about the most famous mountain lion in America, named P22
Date: 11/04/2017 at 7:00pm
Admission Fees: $10 Child, $15 Gen, $25 Gold Circle

A Fundraiser for Native Animal Rescue

The Cat that Changed America is a new documentary film about the most famous mountain lion in America, named P22. P22 was discovered living in Griffith Park, right in the heart of Los Angeles near the Hollywood sign. Born in the Santa Monica Mountains, he miraculously crossed two of the busiest freeways in America, the 405 and the 101, before settling in Griffith Park. P22 is now trapped - hemmed in by freeways and urban sprawl - with little chance of ever finding a mate. Through the plight of P22, this film addresses solutions to two serious problems that wildlife face: the need for safe wildlife freeway crossings and the elimination of anticoagulent rodenticides.


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $10 Child, $15 Gen, $25 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.eventbrite.com and 1855 17th Ave., Santa Cruz, CA
Event website: www.nativeanimalrescue.org


Location: 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure
Date: Every Sa (Nov 4-Nov 18) from 11:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10
Special Instructions: 9/2, 23, 30

Redwood Tours                                                                                   

Saturday, November 4 at 11am

Saturday, November 11 at 11am

Saturday, November 18 at 11am

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. Meet at the Visitors Center in the day-use area of Henry Cowell Redwoods State 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.

 

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Holiday Craft Sale
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Aptos Grange
Shop early for lovely crafts
Date: 11/04/2017 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


The holidays are coming fast! Here's a way to get a head start on some shopping while supporting local crafters and artists. Proceeds go back into the community, as well as a raffle to support families affected by fire in Northern California.

 

The Grange is a grass roots community group with a long history of family values and community involvement.


Location: 2555 Mar Vista Lane, Aptos Map
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Dia de Los Muertos
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State Park Mission
Meet at the MAH and History at 2pm to join the parade that travels through the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park to end at
Date: 11/04/2017 from 12:30pm to 6:00pm


Dia de los Muertos

Saturday, November 4 from 12:30pm to 6pm

Celebrate the dead with an all-ages procession through Downtown Santa Cruz with music and dance performances. Meet at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History at 2pm to join the parade that travels through the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park to end at the Evergreen Cemetery. For more information and a detailed scheduled, please visit santacruzmah.org. Día de los Muertos is presented by the Santa Cruz MAH in partnership with Senderos, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, and California State Parks.

 


Location: 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-425-5849 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Zinnia's 15th Annual Holiday Open House
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Zinnia's Home & Garden
Sparkle, hors d'oeurvs, decorated trees, art, ornaments, jewelry, scarves and more
Date: 11/04/2017 from 9:00am to 7:00pm


(0 Nov 2017) Christmas_Zinnias.jpgZinnia's 15th Annual Holiday Open House: Scotts Valley

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 9am-7pm


Traditional Cookie Contest - Sat. Dec. 9, 10am-5pm
Santa Arrives - Sun. Dec. 10, 10am-2pm

 

 

Sparkle, hors d'oeurvs, decorated trees, art, ornaments, jewelry, scarves and more


Location: 219C Mount Hermon Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Arboretum Garden Free Day
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
A tranquil place to see plants from around the world plus quail, bunnies...
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Free Day 1st Tuesday

 With more than 300 plant species, ranging from Santa Cruz natives to rare and threatened plants of unusual scientific interest, the Arboretum is the place to see a variety of flora, fauna, birds and more. Meet at Norrie's Gift Shop.

 

Come and see native flora from around the globe, including California, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and Chile. The Arboretum offers many rich opportunities for casual visitors, researchers, students, members, and friends. You can find more information by visiting our About page.


1st Tuesday of every month. Free admission to the Arboretum.  The Arboretum is open each day from 9 am to 5 pm. (Closed only on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.) Directions and information about admission can be found here.


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Old Cove Landing Trail Walks
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs.
Date: Every Sa (Nov 4-Nov 25) at 11:00am


Old Cove Landing Coast Nature Walks

Saturdays, November 4 at 11am

Saturday, November 18 at 11am

Saturday, November 25, at 11am

On these two-hour natural history excursions, you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs. Meet at the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center. Bring a snack, water, binoculars, and good walking shoes. Binoculars are available to borrow. Event is free; parking is $10. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

Rain and/or wet weather cancels this event!

Meet at the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center.

Wilder Ranch State Park, 1401 Coast Rd. Free, but parking costs $10


Location: 1401 Coast Rd., Santa Cruz Map
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Chile Cookoff
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Boulder Creek Rec Center
Perfect weekend for delicious chile!
Date: 11/04/2017 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm

Special Instructions: behind Joe's Bar & Boulder Creek Hardware

4th Annual Chili Cook Off
All Proceeds Benefit Boulder Creek Rec Center


Music byThe Paul Trugman Band, HWY 9 Band & The Brightest Fire


Saturday November 4th, 2017 Noon - 6 pm
10:00 am Cooking Starts (Tasting Kits & Raffle Tix on Sale)
12:00 pm Music Starts
1:30 pm Public Tasting Begins
4:30-5:00 Winners Announced & Raffle


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Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
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State Park Henry Cowell
Join us on a guided scavenger hunt along our trails.
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
Saturdays at 1 pm


Join us on a guided scavenger hunt along our trails. The group chooses from a selection of pre-planned walks, and then together seeks out the wonders of the woods! With our ample selection of trails, abundance of wildlife, and constantly changing seasons, no two adventures will ever be the same!

 

Meet at the Visitor Center, in the day-use area of the park located off Highway 9 in Felton. Tour is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10.

 

Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. 335-7077


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Open House for Prospective Families
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Kirby School
Where Students are Seen, Heard, and Appreciated
Date: 11/04/2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: for grades 5-12 Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: Reservations are appreciated but not required

Join us at our Open House on Saturday, November 4th at 1pm to experience first-hand our kind and caring community of engaged learners. Learn about our world-class college prep program, visit our audio-engineering, dance, and arts studios. Meet some of the student athletes who compete on our teams, and learn about the many ways we respond to each student's individual strengths and interests in classes averaging 12 students.


Location: Kirby School, 425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Hot Rods at the Beach
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Santa Cruz Police Officers Association
Love hot rods?! Join us!
Date: 11/04/2017 from 8:00am to 5:00pm


Welcome To Hot Rods At The Beach

The accomplishments of the Hot Rods at the Beach Car Show over the last nineteen years are amazing! Our first car show in 1998 raised money to rebuild a 1961 Chevrolet Biscayne Nostalgic Police Vehicle for the Santa Cruz Police Department. The vehicle can be seen at local parades, festivals, and at every Hot Rods at the Beach Car Show.

Our Show in 2001 raised over $20,000.00 which was donated to the Silver Shield Foundation, (a scholarship program for the children of firefighters and police officers who lost their lives on September 11th in New York). As well as the previously mentioned donations, the Santa Cruz Police Officers Industrial Arts Scholarship fund has awarded over $75,000.00 in youth scholarships over the last nineteen years!

 

The Santa Cruz Police Officers Association & The Hot Rods at the Beach Event Staff would like to thank the local business owners and members of the community who generously support the Hot Rods at the Beach Car Show. The event, held in November each year, features over 300 classic and hot rod vehicles and raises over $6,000.00 to donate to the Industrial Arts Scholarship Fund.

 


Location: Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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Adoption Fair
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Pet Pals
Date: Every Sa from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


ADOPTION FAIR!
EVERY SATURDAY
Come visit our adoptable animals from 12-4pm! 
(weather permitting)

  PET PALS
  3660 Soquel Drive
​  Soquel, CA


Location: 3660 Soquel Drive, Soquel Map
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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
Fall Open House
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Mount Madonna School
Discover Mount Madonna
Date: 11/05/2017 from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: PreK - 12th Grade

Open House at Mount Madonna School. Sunday, November 5, 11:00am,

featuring hands-on science and a conversation cafѐ. MMS has small class sizes and learning that goes beyond the classroom walls, a Montessori-influenced Pre/K and college prep 1st-12th grades. Featuring project-based science labs, outdoor adventure, travel, marine biology and oceanography studies on Catalina Island, national and international travel, mixed-grade buddy program, visual and performing arts and more.

 

Contact Benna Dimig at 408-846-4042 or benna.dimig@mountmadonnaschool.org.

 

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Location: 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna Map
Phone: (408) 847-2717 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Sunday Seaside Crafts
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join us with your small fry every Sunday for hands-on fun!
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Kids and up Admission Fees: General admission fees apply.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Sponsored by: Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Beginning Birding
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Quail Hollow Ranch
Open to anyone interested in birds and their antics.
Date: 11/05/2017 from 8:00am to 10:00am
Ages: All ages

Beginning Birding at Quail Hollow Ranch - 11/5, 8-10AM - FREE!
Join Jim Williams, President, Friends of Quail Hollow Ranch and an avid birder, for a leisurely hike
through Quail Hollow Ranch County Park, in search of our fine, feathered friends. No previous birding experience is necessary; open to anyone interested in birds and their antics. Wear warm clothing and comfortable shoes. Bring binoculars and a field guide (if you have them), and some
drinking water. Open to anyone interested in birds and their antics. Be sure to adjust for Daylight Savings time!

 

QUAIL HOLLOW RANCH COUNTY PARK

Nestled deep in the Santa Cruz Mountains,! Quail Hollow Ranch County Park is home to fifteen different habitats, as well as numerous rare and endangered species of plants and animals. Approximately four miles of hiking trails, ranging from the easy one- mile Discovery Trail, to the hilly Sunset Trail, weave through the 300-acre park. Most interpretive programs are offered on Sundays, covering a variety of topics on the natural and cultural history of the park.

 

Quail Hollow Ranch is located at 800 Quail Hollow Road, just two miles up Zayante Road from Felton and two miles from Ben Lomond via Glen Arbor Road. Park hours are dawn to dusk, daily.

 

For more information call 831-335-9348.


Location: 800 Quail Hollow Rd., Felton Map
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Drop in Family Craft
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State Park Mission
Sunday, November 5 Luminaria; Sunday, November 19 Ramillettas
Date: Every 2 weeks on Su (Nov 5-Nov 19) from 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Park is located on School St. off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz.

Drop In Family Crafts

Sunday, November 5 from 1pm to 3:30pm Luminaria

Sunday, November 19 from 1pm to 3:30pm Ramillettas

Enjoy an informal afternoon at this hidden jewel near downtown Santa Cruz. You can fashion a tin lantern in our garden courtyard or create colorful layered paper decorations. This free event is at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, located on School Street in Santa Cruz. Rain cancels. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 425-5849 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Photography Tour
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State Park Henry Cowell
Sunlight filtering through the redwoods, a glistening river, and breathtaking views make this hike ideal for photography
Date: 11/05/2017 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

Photography Tour

Photography Tour
Sunday, Nov. 5 at 1pm


Meet at the Visitor Center (day-use area located off Hwy 9 in Felton)
Beginners to advanced photographers and nature enthusiasts alike are invited on a 5-mile hike through towering redwoods and rare ancient marine deposits discovering panoramic views along the way. Please bring a camera, water, layered clothing, snacks, and hiking shoes. We will be discussing the natural history of the park in addition to compositional elements.

 

Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, and California State Parks.


 

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Kirby Shadow Days
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Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School
How do students know if Kirby is a good fit? A shadow day is an ideal way to find out
Date: Every Mon (Nov 1-May 1)
Ages: Family Admission Fees: FREE

Shadow Day

How do students know if Kirby is a good fit? A shadow day is an ideal way to find out. We will pair your student with a student host with similar interests. Together they will experience a "day in the life" at Kirby. They will attend classes together, hang out with other Kirby students, and enjoy lunch with their host and some of their friends.

 

How it works:

  • Monday is our preferred shadow day because of our block schedule. However, a shadow day can be scheduled any day of the week.
  • Student shadows are treated to a hot lunch made fresh in our kitchen.
  • Schedule your shadow day through the Admissions Office. Call (831) 423-0658 ×202.

Location: 425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-0658 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Day of the Dead Celebration
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Library Live Oak
Story, facepainting, crafts, community altar
Date: 11/06/2017 at 4:30pm
Ages: 5+ Admission Fees: Free

(0 Nov 2017) LibraryLiveOak_DayofDead.jpgCelebrate the day of the dead with tell me an account and our special guests, Music Together Santa Cruz and Wonderland Toys & Classroom Resources! We'll have stories and songs, paint for caritas, crafts, and a community altar.

 

Monday November 6th at 4:30 pm in the live oak library.

 


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-427-7711 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Nature Wanders
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Find out whats growing and blooming right now in the Waddell Valley
Date: The 1st Mon of every month (Oct 8-Dec 10) at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 10am and 1pm

Nature Wander

Sundays, October 8 ~ November 12 ~ December 10 at 1 pm

Find out what’s growing and blooming right now in the Waddell Valley on this approximately one mile, one-hour-plus guided walk with docent naturalist Ann Garside. Ann will share information about the plants and habitats of Rancho del Oso, as the group walks from coastal scrub through one of the remaining five distinct populations of Monterey Pine left in the world. Hike starts at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center.

 


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
Phone: (831) 427-2288 •website Davenport create a direct event link
Dunkin' Donuts Grand Opening in Santa Cruz
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Dunkin' Donuts
Dunkin' Donuts Grand Opening in Santa Cruz
Date: 11/07/2017 from 5:00am to 10:00am
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 1314 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Attention coffee lovers! Dunkin' Donuts invites one and all to the grand opening of its first restaurant in Santa Cruz County. Doors will open at 5:00 a.m. and grand opening festivities will include free food and beverage samples, special giveaways to the first 100 people in line and an appearance from Dunkin' Donuts mascot Cuppy. The first person in line will also receive $250 Dunkin' Donuts gift card!

The restaurant will offer free Wi-Fi and modern interior décor, providing a welcoming environment for guests to enjoy Dunkin' Donuts' range of coffees, espresso beverages, sandwiches and baked goods in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

To learn more about Dunkin' Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts) and Twitter (@DunkinNorCal).


Location: 1314 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (415) 392-1000 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Exploring Big Basin
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State Park Big Basin
Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, history and more on these fun, varied hikes
Date: Every Tues from 9:00am to 10:30am
Admission Fees: Free

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


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831)338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Tuesday Talks on Emergency Preparedness
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Library Boulder Creek
Get together and stay prepared
Date: Every Tues from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

NEW!TUESDAY TALKS: Emergency Preparedness Get together and stay prepared • 7:00pm - 8:30pm • Boulder Creek


Location: 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Honor Flight
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Hospice of Santa Cruz County
"Enormously moving" L.A. Times
Date: 11/08/2017 at 7:00pm


Join us for a free movie screening at the Del Mar Theater.

 

Honor Flight is a heartwarming documentary about four living WWII veterans and a Midwest community coming together to give them the trip of a lifetime. Volunteers race against the clock to fly thousands of WWII veterans to Washington, DC to see the memorial constructed for them in 2004, nearly 60 years after their epic struggle. The trips are called "Honor Flights" and for the veterans, who are in their late 80s and early 90s, it's often the first time they've been thanked and is a trip to remember.

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Registration is required. Reserve your free movie ticket:

 

In honor of Veterans Day, Hospice of Santa Cruz County and The Honor Flight Bay Area Foundation are showing "Honor Flight," a documentary about four World War II veterans.

 

Volunteers race against the clock to fly thousands of World War II veterans to Washington to see the memorial constructed for them in 2004, nearly 60 years after the war.

 

After the film, a local World War II veteran who flew with Honor Flight, a veterans services officer from the County of Santa Cruz, and the president and co-founder of Honor Flight Bay Area Foundation will participate in a panel discussion for 30 minutes.

 

Admission is free but tickets are required. To reserve a ticket, visit hospicesantacruz.org.


Location: Del Mar Theater, 1124 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Lady Washington Comes to Monterey
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Lady Washington
Now's your chance to sail on the tall ship Lady Washington!
Date: Every day (Nov 8-Nov 20)

Special Instructions: Monterey, CA-November 8 to November 20 (Nov. 18, BATTLE OF THE PRESIDIO) (Lady Washington)

(0 Nov 2017) LadyWashingtonatSailV.jpgLady Washington, the official tall ship of the State of Washington, will vist Monterey on November 8-November 21 and take part in a special re-enactment of the Bouchard’s attack on Monterey. This re-enactment will include a cannon duel with the Presidio, a beach landing of privateers, a lowering of the Spanish and raising of the Argentine flag, with dramatic presentations by actors portraying the principle characters, City official will also make presentations.


Schedule: November 8-20, 2017

November 8 (Wednesday) Tours: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 donation)

November 9 (Thursday) Tours: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 donation)

November 10 (Friday) Tours: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 donation)

November 11 (Saturday) Tours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($5 donation)
Adventure Sail: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ($42-$49)

November 12 (Sunday) Tours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($5 donation)
Adventure Sail: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ($42-$49)

November 13 (Monday) Closed

November 14 (Tuesday) Tours: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 donation)

November 15 (Wednesday) Tours: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 donation)

November 16 (Thursday) Tours: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 donation)

November 17 (Friday) Tours: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($5 donation)

November 18 (Saturday) Tours: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (One hour only) ($5 donation)
Adventure Sail: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. ($42-$49) Stand on the deck of the Lady Washington and be a part of the Battle of Monterey festivities

November 19 (Sunday) Tours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($5 donation)
Adventure Sail: 2 p.m. to 2 p.m. ($42-$49)

November 20 (Monday) Closed

November 21 (Departure)


Location: 84 Fisherman's Wharf Dock #1, Monterey Map
Phone: 800-200-5239 •website Monterey create a direct event link
Shake the Square: Soul Line Dancing
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If classic soul, funk and R&B music makes you want to move and groove, then this is the dance class for you.
Date: 11/09/2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 Nov 2017) MAH_SoulLineDancing.jpgIf classic soul, funk and R&B music makes you want to move and groove, then this is the dance class for you. Soul Line Dancing is back at Abbott Square Market on Thurs. 11/16!

Come try out a FREE dance class taught by Meeshi and Amber Anjali from Soul Line Santa Cruz and GroovaRoo Santa Cruz.

Soul Line Dance Class from 5-6p. Open dancing from 6-6:30p.
All ages welcome. Bring your family and friends for a great time!

What is Soul Line Dancing?

The simplest explanation is that it is line dancing to classic soul, funk, and contemporary R&B songs. You've probably done the following line dances at a wedding or party (the electric slide, the cupid shuffle, the wobble), but the roots of soul line dancing go much deeper than that. Synchronized line dance has been a part of American culture through the decades (30's Harlem Swing, 50's record hops, 70's soul train lines, 90's New Jack hip-hop).


Location: 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831 763 4047 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Save the Waves Film Festival
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Patagonia Outlet
World premieres of surf, adventure, and documentary films, as well as live music and a raffle at intermission
Date: 11/09/2017 at 7:00pm


(0 Nov 2017) Savethewavesfilmfestival.jpgThe 9th annual Save The Waves Film Festival presented by Parley For The Oceans will continue its 2017 west coast tour with an epic evening of live music and international surf films at Patagonia in Santa Cruz, CA on Thursday, November 9th. The night's festivities will feature world premieres of surf, adventure, and documentary films, as well as live music and a raffle at intermission. The Save The Waves Film Festival is a fundraiser for the Save The Waves Coalition and World Surfing Reserves, and all proceeds support their international coastal conservation programs.

 

This event will have a cash bar with offerings from Calicraft Brewing Co., Tito's Vodka, and Suerte Tequila. To make our film festival more eco-responsible, we have eliminated single-use plastic cups at our bars. We will be selling stainless steel pint cups for $10 (one free beer with purchase!) or feel free to bring your own reusable cup. Thanks for helping us make this year's film festival the greenest yet!

 

**this is an all ages show**

EVENING SCHEDULE

6pm - VIP pre-party and filmmaker reception

7pm - doors open

745pm - short films program

9:00pm - intermission, raffle, music

9:45pm - feature films program

Films program and more info: savethewaves.org/filmfestival

General Admission and VIP tickets on sale now!


Location: 415 River Street, Santa Cruz Map
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WPENS Woodstock's Pizza Fundraiser
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WPENS - Westside Parent Education Nursery School - Preschool
Fundraising Never Tasted So Good!
Date: 11/09/2017 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: No Admission Fee
Special Instructions: Just mention WPENS at checkout and a portion of your purchase will be donated to WPENS.

Save the Date for Pizza Night at Woodstock's Pizza on Thurs 11/9 from 4-8pm. Just mention you're there for WPENS and a portion of the proceeds (including beer!) will go to WPENS.

Woodstock's pizza is located at 710 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
Invite your friends on Facebook to come and support a local nonprofit preschool which has been supporting families for 47 years.
Sign up on Facebook to let us know you are coming!
https://www.facebook.com/events/499668750398767/


Location: Woodstock's Pizza, 710 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Thriller Bike Ride
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Bike Church
Families welcome...caution, best for teens and up
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month at 7:00pm


(0 Oct 2017) ThrillerRide2017.jpgIt's close to midnight and something evil's lurking In the dark
Under the moonlight you see a bike that almost stops Your heart
You try to scream (Bike Party!), but terror takes the sound before You make it
You start to freeze as horror looks you right between the eyes
You're paralyzed
'Cause this is thriller, THRILLER RIDE!
Friday the 13th, 7pm at the Bike Church!

...Darkness falls across the land
The 7pm hour is close at hand
Creatures ride in search of jams
To cruise through y'all's neighborhood!

Santa Cruz Bike Party is a mobile party for riders of all ages, experience levels, and types to meet, ride, and play together in the streets. Rides are 7-10 miles long with music and dance breaks along the way. Rides move at a relatively slow pace and no one is left behind. Each ride has a theme and riders are encouraged to wear costumes or decorate their bikes to fit the theme.


SC Bike Party starts and ends outside the Bike Church at 703 Pacific Ave downtown. The route is not the same every time, but each month organizers will post the route online ahead of time in case anyone misses the start and wants to catch up.

Once per month, all year long. We meet at 7pm every second Friday of the month. Rides usually leave about 7:15 and last about 2 hours.

The atmosphere of the SC Bike Party is fun, (zombie) friendly, welcoming, and safe. Our goal is to celebrate cycling and build community, not to cause conflict with car drivers. Please help us maintain a positive and safe atmosphere by keeping in mind the following guidelines:


Guidelines
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Stay to the Right / Stop at Lights - This is not Critical Mass. Please stay to the right on 2-lane roads, or in the right lane on larger roads.
- Ride Straight - Please help avoid crashes by riding predictably, without any sudden turns or stops.
- Don't Hate - Please roll past any conflict that might present itself during the ride.
- Pack your Trash - Bike partiers aspire to leave party stops in better condition than we found them.
- Don't Get Smashed - Riding while inebriated poses a danger to yourself and others. Don't ruin the fun for everyone else by overdoing it.

Bring:
Lights - Rides are at night, so let's make sure to be visible.
Locks - No bikes have been stolen from the SC Bike Party, but during breaks better to be safe than sorry.
Layers - As we all know Santa Cruz evenings can get damp and chilly.
Water, snacks - Our stops are not always near stores, so best to bring what you need.
Tube, patch kit, pump, tools - The ride is unsupported; please come prepared.


Location: 703 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Wildflower and Nature Hike
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Each walk is unique as blooming flowers and pollinators are constantly in flux!
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month (Oct 13-Dec 8) at 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free

Wildflower and Nature Hike of Waddell Valley


Fridays, October 13 ~ November 10 ~ December 8

10 am

 

Join docent botanist Bryce Stauble and learn to identify many of Waddell Valley's plants within Rancho
del Oso's seven diverse habitats. Observe the monthly change of the ecosystems. Each walk is unique as blooming flowers and pollinators are constantly in flux! This walk takes a leisurely pace and is great for learning the native habitats. Bring lunch, questions and curiosity! Hike will begin at the yellow gate across from the Waddell Beach parking lot.


Rancho del Oso, Located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway One, Davenport. 427-2288


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
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Redwood Grove Loop Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: Every Th, Fri and Sa (Nov 10-Nov 24)
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See details for dates/times

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm

Friday, November 10 Veteran's Day at 11am and 2pm

Thursday, November 23 Thanksgiving at 1pm

Friday, November 24 Green Friday at 11am and 2pm

How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.



 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Mission Building Game
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State Park Mission
Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18th century
Date: Every 2 weeks on Fri (Nov 10-Nov 24) at 11:00am
Ages: 8 and older Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza

Mission Building Game

Friday, November 10 at 11am

Friday, November 24 at 11am

Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18th century. Spend Spanish real coins and roll the sheep's knucklebone to determine the fate of your mission. Geared for ages 8 and older. This free event is at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, located on School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Contra Dancing
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Santa Cruz Dance
Contra couples dancing for beginners and experienced dancers - Make dance magic happen on the dance floor!
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 7+ Admission Fees: $12
Special Instructions: Beginner's lesson at 5:40. Dancing 7:00-10:00

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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


Location: Veteran's Memorial Building, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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REEL ROCK 12
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Rio Theater
Climbing's greatest stories, stars with heart-thumping action, big laughs, and pure inspiration
Date: 11/10/2017 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm


REEL ROCK 12

This November, get ready for climbing's greatest stories, stars, and sends. REEL ROCK 12 premieres five new short films that will deliver heart-thumping action, big laughs, and pure inspiration. Featuring Margo Hayes, the first woman to climb 5.15; Brad Gobright, an up-and-coming free soloist with a donut addiction; and more.


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $20
Advance tickets: www.12santacruz.brownpapertickets.com
Event website: www.reelrocktour.com

 


Location: 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Watsonville Veterans Parade
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City of Watsonville
Let's honor our vets!
Date: 11/10/2017 at 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free

(0 Nov 2017) VetsParadeWats.jpgThe Veterans' Parade is a great Watsonville tradition of honoring our vets. It begins at and heads through downtown,  culminating with a special veterans program. with light refreshments at the close of the ceremony.


10 a.m. Friday on Main Street in Watsonville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Location: Main & Ford, Watsonville Map
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Historical Aircraft Display
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Young Eagles
Everyone is welcome to show and admire these historical aircraft
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

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

 

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

 

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

 

 For additional information call 768-3575

 


Location: Watsonville Aviation Education C, 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
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Holiday Ice Skating
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Beach Boardwalk
Ice skate by the beach, on real ice!
Date: Every day (Nov 11-Jan 7)
Admission Fees: Each 1-hour session includes ice skate rental. $12

Boardwalk Holiday Ice
Presented by Dignity Health Medical Network

November 11, 2017- January 7, 2018

Celebrate this holiday season with a new family tradition - ice skating at the Boardwalk!

Festivities Include:

  • Ice Skating by the Beach - on Real Ice!
  • Holiday Lights and Decorations
  • Boardwalk Rides* & Games
  • Indoor Arcades, Mini Golf, and Laser Tag
  • Classic Holiday Movies

Schedule

November 11 - December 24, 2017, and January 2 - 7, 2018

Fridays-Sundays: 12pm-9pm

Mondays-Thursdays: 4pm-9pm

December 25, 2017 - January 1, 2018

12pm-9pm

Ice Skating

Our new 40' x 60' covered ice skating rink is open rain or shine!

Each 1-hour session includes ice skate rental.

$12

photo of ice skating

Reserve your ice skating session before you arrive!

(Online reservations coming in November)

 

*Please call (831) 423-5590 the day of your visit to confirm which rides and games are open.

 


Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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Goat Hill Fair
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Goat Hill Fair
Goat Hill is a unique antiques and artisan fair with over 100 vendors!
Date: Every day (Nov 11-Nov 12) from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: $10 at the gate or early access $25

Goat Hill is a unique antiques and artisan fair with over 100 vendors!  (0 Nov 2017) GoatHillNov2017.jpg

The friendly vendors are spread across three buildings at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. Here you will find unique treasures, beautiful displays and excellent food. This is Goat Hill's sixth year and as it grows, the selection, style and creativity does as well.

 

We are so thrilled to spend the day with you and want you to have the chance to be an early "goat." We are selling a limited number of tickets for $25.00 each.

 

On Saturday you will have access to the event and vendors before General Admission. They will also give full general admission access on Sunday.

 

Early Access to the event on Saturday - 8:30 am
The gates for parking and lineup will start around - 7:45 am
Tickets give you access to the event for the weekend but early access is only on Saturday
Children under 12 can enter for free
Please no dogs, unless it's a service animal
All ticket sales are final. Sorry, no refunds.

 

See you soon.. with those happy, relaxed looks of vacationing joy on your faces!

 

Early Goat Tickets


Location: Santa CruzCounty Fairgrounds, 2601 E Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
Phone: (408) 221-5054 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Thanksgiving On the Farm
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Ag. History Project
Games and activities such as apple tasting, Pin the Tail on the Turkey and a very special craft project
Date: 11/11/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All

(0 Nov 2017) AgHistory_ThanksgivingOnFarm.jpgJoin us on Saturday, November 11, from 11am-3pm at the Agricultural History Project's Second Saturday event as we celebrate "Thanksgiving on the Farm"!

Check out our wall for details on how you can be involved in this month's puppet show. We will have a very special Thanksgiving puppet show.

There will also be games and activities such as apple tasting, Pin the Tail on the Turkey and a very special craft project sponsored by students from Monte Vista Christian School.

Don't miss the hay wagon rides, tractor driving, wooden cow milking and water pumps!

The Ag History Project is located at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds at 2601 East Lake Avenue. Admission is FREE and donations are gladly accepted.

 


Location: 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-728-5898 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Young Eagles - Kids Fly Free
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Young Eagles
Kds fly free EAA airplane rides, on the first Saturday of every month between January and April and then again between September
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 8 yrs - 17 yrs Admission Fees: Free

(Special Event Images / Graphics) WatsonvilleAirport.jpgExperimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 119 flew over 400 children in 2009, and has safely flown over 4500 kids since starting to hold Young Eagle Rallies in 1992. The program consists of an explanation of how airplanes fly and a flight of approximately 20 minutes around the Watsonville - Santa Cruz area. After the flight, each child receives a certificate commemorating the experience. Parents / Guardians are required to sign a registration form. The program is open to kids 8-17.

 

The rallies are held at the Watsonville Aviation Education Center (WAEC), sign-up is between 10:00am and 12:30pm on the day of the rally at the airport, we do not have pre-registration. Flying is from 11:00am to 3:00pm, weather permitting. Participants should expect to spend 1-2 hours at the airport during the event.  See us on Facebook below and on Twitter status is provided by searching for #EAA119.

 

For more information, contact: Tom Hail  Young Eagles Coordinator, EAA Chapter 119, Watsonville
831-531-8440


Location: Watsonville Aviation Education C, 60 Aviation Way, Watsonville 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 Sa (Nov 11-Nov 18) from 10:00am to 12:00pm


Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
Saturday, November 11 from 10am to noon

Saturday, November 18 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. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
Phone: 831-335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Veteran's Day Exposition
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Pajaro Valley Historical Association
See up-close a wide array of authentic military uniforms, photography, and artifacts.
Date: 11/11/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All ages welcome

In honor of all men and women who have served, or are currently serving in the American armed forces, the Pajaro Valley Historical Association will be hosting an exposition of vintage American military uniforms from past wars. Come and visit us on Veterans Day at the Bockius-Orr House and Borina Archive to see up-close a wide array of authentic military uniforms, photography, and artifacts.

The Pajaro Valley Historical Association is located just two blocks down the street from the Veteran's Memorial Building on East Beach St. in Watsonville, and will be the open in conjunction with other events taking place in the downtown area on Veterans Day.

We look forward to seeing you!


Location: Bockius-Orr House , 332 East Beach St, Watsonville Map
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Mountainfilm on Tour Santa Cruz
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Rio Theater
A selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed and incredibly inspiring documentary films
Date: 11/11/2017 at 7:00pm


Mountainfilm on Tour Santa Cruz

Mountainfilm on Tour brings a selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed and incredibly inspiring documentary films curated from the Mountainfilm festival held every Memorial Day weekend in Telluride, Colorado. The tour visits Santa Cruz at the Rio Theatre on November 11 with films that will explore the themes connected to Mountainfilm's mission: using the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world. A Mountainfilm presenter will guide the audience through the program providing insight on the films, filmmakers and subjects.

 

The show kicks off at 7 pm (Doors at 6 pm) Films announced 2 - 3 weeks in advance online at riotheatre.com. Check film listings if you are concerned about film ratings.

 

Denali's Raven (Renan Ozturk, 9 min.) Like a raven on an updraft, Leighan Falley soars above the glaciers and peaks of the Alaska Range with her daughter Skye strapped into the backseat of her de Havilland Beaver.

 

Ascend (Simon Perkins, 6 min.) language After being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Jon Wilson had his left leg fully amputated...

John Shocklee: A Fairy Tale (Ryan Heffernan, Grayson Schaffer, 7 min.) language  He lived with his parents until he was 26, took a minimum-wage guide position at the age of 39, and at 52 still hasn't landed what society would deem a real job.

Where the Wild Things Play (Krystle Wright, 4 min.) language, mature content  Friday night at the local watering hole and ... where the ladies at?

Lost in Light (Sriram Murali, 3 min.)  This film is about how light pollution changes what you see. -Henry, age 13

Zain's Summer: From Refugee to American (Joshua Seftel, 13 min.) 
Zain's Summer depicts the sunny side of the refugee experience.

Conservation Generation (Kate Greenberg, 11 min.) "Young farmers" may seem like an oxymoron, but fortunately for all of us there's a young generation committed to agriculture.

Tatum Monod 2016 (Josh Berman, 4 min.) Tatum Monod is the embodiment of grace and steeze as she threads down pillowed slopes, steep spines and bold backcountry lines in this 2016 season edit.

120 Days: Tarpon Season (Ben Knight, Travis Rummel, 8 min.) Language  Even if you know nothing about fishing, and couldn't care less about it, you should still watch every fishing film ever made by the Felt Soul Media team.

Chocolate Spokes (Brendan Leonard, 6 min.) Language and mature content. "You're not investing in a bike; you're investing in a relationship."

Cowtown (Greg Kohs, 11 min.) The oldest weekly professional rodeo in the United States is a place called Cowtown, located in the unexpected eastern state of New Jersey...

The Time Travelers (Brendan Leonard, Forest Woodward, 24 min.) language. In 2016, members of the U.S. Men's Rafting team hatched an incredible challenge for themselves: to attempt to break the speed record for 277 miles of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon by rowing the entire stretch in only 34 hours.

La Langosta (Rush Sturges, Ben Marr, 2 min.)
Most people would consider sending a 70-foot waterfall pretty epic. Not Rafa Ortiz, who decides to ditch the kayak for a pool toy.

Owl Dance-Off Part 2 (Megan Lorenz, 2 min) Owl Dance-Off Part II is the much-anticipated follow-up to wildlife photographer Megan Lorenz's award-winning internet sensation Owl Dance-Off.

 


Location: 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Art & Craft Fair
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Boulder Creek Parks & Rec
Great local art!
Date: Every day (Nov 11-Nov 12) from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 Nov 2017) Christmas_BoulderCreekCraftFair.jpgArt & Craft Fair

November 11 & 12

Saturday & Sunday    11-4pm

 

Boulder Creek Recreation Facility and Oddfellows art and craft vendor sale.

 

Great local art featured in both locations with great local holiday shopping.


We will have over 30 vendors selling amazing art and crafts
Great local shopping for holidays or just for you!


Location: 13333 Middleton Ave., Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-4144 •website Boulder Creek 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
Phone: (831) 427-2288 •website Davenport create a direct event link
Veterans Dinner
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SLV Museum
Date: 11/11/2017 at 6:00pm


(0 Nov 2017) VetsDinnerTicket.jpgDate: November 11, 2017, 6pm

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Join us for this very special event on Veterans Day, Saturday November 11, 2016, 6-9pm at Scopazzi's Restaurant and Lounge, 13300 Big Basin Way Boulder Creek.

 

As in prior years we will have a wonderful program recognizing our Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel. Please bring your memorabilia and memories to share with our community.

 

Veterans Day pins sponsored by the Redwood Keg.

 

 

 

 


Location: Scopazzi's, 13300 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8382 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Wool, Spinning, and Weaving
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State Park Mission
Follow the path of wool from the sheep to the shirt...spin your own wool
Date: 11/11/2017 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Wool, Spinning, and Weaving at the Santa Cruz Mission

Saturday, November 11 from 1pm to 2pm

How did an isolated settlement clothe the hundreds of people who lived there? Take an in depth look at the cloth industry of Mission Santa Cruz. We will follow the path of wool from the sheep to the shirt. You will have the chance to try your hand at a drop spindle and spin your own wool. This free event is at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, located on School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.425-5849 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Bonny Doon Craft Fair
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Bonny Doon Church
FREE Fun for the Entire Family!! Chile tsting, bake sale and crafts for sale...
Date: 11/11/2017 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm


(0 Nov 2017) Christmas_BonnyDoonChurchCrafts.jpgThis year's Holiday Craft Fair is being held to benefit the new outside play area used by community preschool kids when school is in session as well as our local Bonny Doon Church children.

Come enjoy our annual chili tasting and bake sale!!

The following fantastic local vendors will be there!

Bonny Doon Lavendar Farm - soaps, lotions & essential oils

Alison Parham - original and reproduction watercolors

Suzanne Barrett's jewelry

Carla Vaughan Barn Art

Lisa Pizzo with vintage Japanese kimons and silk scarfs

Libby Ernst & Vicki Golsh - pillow cases, jewelry embellished & quilted bags

Made By Mercis
(https://www.facebook.com/uniquelymadebymercis/)

Fish Princess Farm
(http://www.fishprincessfarm.com/),

Jessica Vaughan
(http://jessicavaughan.com/)

Sarah's Succulants by Sarah Walsh

Liz Haffa - Guatemala artisian

Annette Moeller - pottery, knit hats, jams and cards

Scripture Magnets by Dawn Maclaughlin
(www.ScriptureMagnets.com)

Julia Sohl - old world linens mosiacs

Raffling quilt donated by Georgia Randle of Pajaro Valley Quilters Association & Bonny Stitchers.


Location: 1492 Pine Flat Rd, Bonny Doon Map
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Second Saturday on the Farm
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Ag History Project
Join us for demonstrations using antique farm equipment, crafts, farm animals, wooden cow milking, water pumps, learning to driv
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $2/person Kids under 1 are free

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

 

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

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

Location: 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-728-5898 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Aging Young Health and Wellness Event
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Dignity Health Dominican Hospital,
health screenings, local wellness vendors, and physician presentations --free of charge
Date: 11/11/2017


Aging Young Health and Wellness Event 9am-Noon. Registration is now open for the for the 9th annual Aging Young Health & Wellness event at the beautiful Seascape Golf Club at 610 Clubhouse Drive in Aptos.

 

This event, featuring health screenings, local wellness vendors, and physician presentations, is offered free of charge by Dignity Health Dominican Hospital, Dignity Health Medical Network-Santa Cruz (formerly Physicians Medical Group of Santa Cruz), and Dignity Health Medical Group-Dominican. 

 

For more information, visit www.mysantacruzdoctor.org.


Location: 610 Clubhouse Drive , Aptos Map
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Painting Workshop: Country Road
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Palace Art & Office Supply
We're super excited to be hosting a very special one-day art workshop featuring Toaa Dallo
Date: 11/11/2017 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: $65

(0 Nov 2017) Palace_CountryRoad.jpgPaint a beautiful rural countryside with a long narrowing road leading to a picturesque farmhouse. Learn about perspective, depth, and the painterly approach. It's a great introduction to oil painting, and a good refresher course for more experienced painters.

Toaa Dallo will guide you with step-by-step instructions, making this workshop ideal for beginners and anyone who loves to create art. The cost is just $65 and includes all the materials, canvas, and paints.

This workshop is brought to you in partnership with Gamblin Oil Colors.

Reserve your space today. Call/Text Toaa at (831) 332-9532, or email him at toaadallo@sbcglobal.net.

 

Visit www.dallogallery.com to see some of Toaa's work.


Location: 1501 41st Ave, Capitola Map
Phone: (831) 464-2700 •website Capitola create a direct event link
Life on the Ranch: Family Living History Day
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: 11/11/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Life on the Ranch Day
Saturday, November 11 from 11am to 3pm
Wilder Ranch State Park invites you to experience old-time activities from its rancho, dairy farm, and cowboy rodeo days. Hands-on activities and living history presentations vary each month and may include: butter churning, ice cream making, branding, cooking, roping skills, wagon rides, and demonstrations in the ranch buildings. Come for a picnic on the lawn and follow it up with a game of tug of war, sack races, hoops, stilts, and Wilder Ranch’s famous old-fashioned bubbles! This event is appropriate for all ages.


Location: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-0505 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
History, Nature, and Scenic View Tour of the Backcountry
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills of Wilder Ranch State Park
Date: 11/11/2017 at 9:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10parking

Tour of the Wilder backcountry

Saturday, November 11 at 9am

This challenging guided three-hour, 6-mile hike will explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills of Wilder Ranch State Park. Meet at the Wilder Ranch parking lot. Bring good walking shoes, lunch, snacks, and water. Rain cancels. Event is free; parking is $10. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: Highway 1 two miles north of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Map
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Birding for Beginners
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State Park Big Basin
Discover the diversity of birds in Ao Nuevo State Preserve on this 2-hour stroll
Date: 11/11/2017 at 9:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Birding for Beginners

Saturday, November 11 at 9:30am

Discover the diversity of birds in Año Nuevo State Preserve on this 2-hour stroll with Docent Katherine. The tour is a one-way walk, ending in the preserve; you are welcome to stay in the preserve after the walk to view the elephant seals. Please bring layered clothing, water, good walking shoes, and binoculars. Meet at the Año Nuevo State Park Marine Education Center. Rain cancels. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 


Location: Highway 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831/338-8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Natural Bridges Children's Center Open House
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Natural Bridges Children's Center
Inspiring Children, Creating Community, Building Bridges
Date: 11/11/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: Preschool

(0 July 2017) NBCC_KarynAllieJonnie.jpgBring the family and come join us in celebrating our Grand Opening-Open House Saturday November 11th from 10-12pm.

 

Visit our Play & 'Inquiry Based Learning' preschool a block from West Cliff Drive on the iconic site of the previous Natural Bridges Elementary School.

 

We look forward to sharing our Mission, Vision, & Philosophy and to watching the children play, smile, & explore to their hearts content.

 

Our team of experienced & loving educators have been committed to, and working in the field of early childhood education for over three decades. We have studied with the many legends before us who have paved the way for children's rights and for preschool teacher advocacy. We carry this torch with a deep passion. Our love of child development and of building community drives our belief that all human beings can grow, learn, & prosper, and that we can all live peacefully in this world.


Informed by brain research, we understand that deep learning begins in the early years and it is during these years that compassion for self and others, growth mindsets for learning, and a respect for mother earth are cultivated.


Our team is dedicated to helping young learners develop a love for the environment, a sense of empathy, and the appropriate skills to navigate through any challenge! With these foundations, all academic learning can flourish.


We specialize in creating a caring and inclusive environment where families and children support one another. It is our hope that through the building of bridges between home, school, the community, and local and state agencies, we can create a ‘safe village' to raise healthy and happy children!


We invite you to share in our joy.


Location: Natural Bridges Children's Cente, 255 Swift St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-6222 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Salinas' Veterans Day Parade
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American Legion Post 31
Date: 11/11/2017 at 2:00pm


Monterey County Veterans Day Parade

The Annual Monterey County Veterans Day Parade will be held in Oldtown Salinas, California, on November 11th.

 

Parade Route

 

We are calling participants/groups to join the parade to honor our Veterans. To join the parade, please visit "Join the Parade" page for more information. We are also looking for volunteers to support the event. If you are interested, please email us your name and contact information.

 

 

www.SalinasVeteransparade.org. (831) 210-0466.

 

 

 


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Make Autumn Leaf Luminaries
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New Museum
Make an Autumn Leaf Luminary to light up your nights!
Date: Every day (Nov 11-Nov 12)
Admission Fees: $6 Material Fee for kids | *Museum Admission price appiles to adults.

(0 Nov 2017) NUMU_LeafLuminaries.jpgEvery Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-4pm** check out what we're building, making, and creating in our Open Studio hours! NUMU's Open Studio offers visitors of all ages a hands-on opportunity to explore, discover and create.

Ages 4+, All children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

Autumn Leaf Luminaries | November 11-12
Make an Autumn Leaf Luminary to light up your nights! We'll be creating trees out of tissue papers on the outside of glass jars to create a beautiful stained glass effect.

$6 Material Fee for kids | *Museum Admission price appiles to adults.
**No new entries to MakerSpace after 3:30pm.
For more the latest activity, workshop or event updates subscribe to NUMU's Facebook Events: www.facebook.com/NewMuseumLosGatos/events

*Museum Admission FREE for members
$6 Seniors, military and students with valid ID
General Admission is $10

 

Museum Hours
Wednesday 1pm-5pm
Thursday 11am-8pm
Friday 11am-5pm
Saturday 11am-5pm
Sunday 11am-5pm


Location: 106 E. Main Street, Los Gatos Map
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Fall Concert
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Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony
Spend the afternoon listening to music performed by talented young musicians
Date: 11/12/2017 at 3:00pm
Admission Fees: free up to age 18. Adults $15, seniors $10, older students $5

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Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony will perform their Fall 2017 Concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 12, at the UCSC Music Recital Hall. We can't think of a better way to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon -- listening to music by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Shostakovich performed by our talented young musicians, ages 10 to 20. In particular, children will be inspired to see other kids their age performing at such a high level. No one will be disappointed!


Founded in 1966, the Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony is made up of students from throughout Santa Cruz County who study and excel at their chosen instruments, from violin to cello, flute to trumpet, harp to percussion. Our mission is to foster a lifelong appreciation for classical music in the youth of Santa Cruz County and surrounding areas, with an emphasis on the beauty and value of the experience of playing and performing this music with others.


Music director and conductor Nathaniel Berman is one of those charismatic young conductors who knows how to work with young people and bring out the best in their musical abilities. The Fall Concert features 13-year-old soloist Laura Wang performing in a beautiful Mendelssohn Violin Concerto that many listeners will recognize. Beethoven's 5th Symphony shows off the orchestra's skill at conveying both grand and quiet moments. It's hard to choose, but my personal favorite on the program is the delightful set of dances that make up the Ballet Suite by Dmitri Shostakovich.


Admission to the concert is free for students up to age 18. Adults pay $15, seniors $10, older students just $5. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or through the Buy Tickets button on our website: http://www.sccys.org/concerts/


Location: UCSC Music Recital Hall, Music Center, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 239-0442 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
HOLLY JOLLY HOLIDAY MARKET
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Camp Harmon
Local and independent artists, designers, crafters and home businesses
Date: 11/12/2017 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm


(0 Nov 2017) Christmas_HollyJolly.jpgHOLLY JOLLY HOLIDAY MARKET

We are excited to be hosting our 2nd Annual "Holly Jolly Holiday Market" event at Easter Seals Camp Harmon in Boulder Creek.

 

Come to the fun and relaxed marketplace on Sunday, November 12th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm featuring local vendors. Grow your community and buy local! This holiday season support local and independent artists, designers, crafters and home businesses. It's the perfect place to get some of that holiday shopping done for your loved ones (or even pick up something fun for yourself) !!!

 

Each attendee will have a chance to win a raffle prize donated by the Holiday Market vendors.

Holly Jolly Holiday Market is free to the public with parking available.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE!!!

 

For more information please send inquiries to Tammie Webb at admin@tammiewebbevents.com


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Berry Creek Falls Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Join us for a moderate to strenuous 11 mile loop hike to the 65 foot falls
Date: 11/12/2017 at 9:30am


Berry Creek Falls Hike

Sunday, November 12 at 9:30am

Travel deep into the heart of Big Basin as you experience a wide range of habitats on this moderate to strenuous 11-mile-loop hike. Wind through shady redwood canyons and climb dry ridges as you hike to the jewel of Big Basin-65-foot Berry Creek Falls. Bring lots of water, lunch and wear layers. Docent Bill Rhoades will guide you on this seven-hour hike. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Homeopathy Film Screening
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Nickelodeon
Learn about the rich history and evolving understanding of homeopathy in a pharmaceutical-dominated healthcare system
Date: 11/13/2017 at 7:30pm


Homeopathy Film Screening

(0 Nov 2017) JustOneDrop.jpgHomeopathy is a system of alternative medicine promoting self-healing through diluted substances. It is often dismissed as a placebo because of what critics call a lack of concrete evidence, but the new film Just One Drop spotlights the rich history and evolving understanding of homeopathy in a pharmaceutical-dominated healthcare system.

 

The film ultimately focuses on the freedom of choice, and asks the question: has homeopathy been given a fair shot?

 

INFO: Monday, Nov. 13. 7:30 p.m. screening, Q&A to follow. The Nickelodeon Theatre, 210 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz. $13. Tickets available online only at gathr.us/screening/21269.

 


Location: 210 Lincoln St, Santa Cruz Map
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Santa Cruz Young Makers Club
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Library Central
The Santa Cruz Young Makers Club brings together a community of young people with a mentor and a space to make.
Date: The 2nd Tues of every month (Oct 10-Dec 12) from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: Free

Santa Cruz Young Makers Club

SCPL News

 

The Santa Cruz Young Makers Club brings together a community of young people with a mentor and a space to make. Participants design, create, and ultimately exhibit a self-chosen project aimed towards exhibiting at a showcase event like Maker Faire. Materials for projects are provided by SCPL. Ages 8 - 18.

 

Our mentor Sasha has participated in the Maker Ed program. She has been on panels at Intel, Pearson Learning, Pixar and Bay Area Maker Faire, and Young Makers. She has won awards at Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Championship and Santa Cruz County Science & Engineering Fair.

 

he was recently published in National Geographic Magazine January 2017 issue. Visit the her Santa Cruz Young Makers website at santacruzyoungmakers.wordpress.com.

 

What is a Young Makers club?

A club for bringing together a community of young people, ages 8-18, with mentors and a space to make. The Santa Cruz Young Makers Club brings together a community of young people with a mentor and a space to make on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Led by Sasha, a young Makers Ed Mentor, projects inspire creativity, imagination, and support learning. Materials for projects are provided by SCPL. Ages 8 - 18.

 

Our mentor Sasha has participated in the Maker Ed program. She has been on panels at Intel, Pearson Learning, Pixar and Bay Area Maker Faire, and Young Makers. She has won awards at Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Championship and Santa Cruz County Science & Engineering Fair. She was recently published in National Geographic Magazine January 2017 issue. Visit the her Santa Cruz Young Makers website at santacruzyoungmakers.wordpress.com.

 

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Participants design, create, and ultimately exhibit a chosen project aimed towards exhibiting at a showcase event like Maker Faire.

 

For More information please visit Maker Ed website:  http://makered.org/youngmakers/


Location: Upstairs Meeting Room, 224 Church St., Santa Cruz Map
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Documentary Screening: STRAWS
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Save Our Shores
Come learn more about how single-use plastic pollution affects marine life.
Date: 11/14/2017 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 Nov 2017) Straws.jpgDocumentary Screening: STRAWS

 

Documentary Screening and Post-screening Sample Discussion with Key Advocates of No Straw November In honor of No Straw November, join us for the screening of STRAWS at the Monterey Public Library on Tuesday, November 14th!

 

STRAWS is an award-winning documentary that illuminates the problems related with straws and other single use plastic pollution that inundate our waterways and oceans. Half a billion unrecyclable plastic straws get used every day in the U.S., ending up in landfills and on streets and beaches. The film includes Jackie Nunez, a Santa Cruz local and Sanctuary Steward volunteer with Save Our Shores, who founded "The Last Plastic Straw" in 2011.

 

Other local locations and people include Westcliff area; Steve Elb, owner of Olitas on the Wharf; The Bagelry in Santa Cruz; Kim Solano of Haute Enchilada, Moss Landing; Big Sur Charter School and Save Our Shores.

 

With animation and segments narrated by Oscar winner Tim Robbins, STRAWS (33 minutes) is funny, entertaining and informative. The film leaves audiences with a clear understanding of the problems caused by plastic pollution and its harm to marine life.

 

Come learn more about how single-use plastic pollution affects marine life.

 


Location: Monterey Public Library, 625 Pacific St, Monterey Map
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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
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Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and any
Date: 11/15/2017 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Free - $5

(0 Nov 2017) Book_AstrophysicsforPeopleInAHurry.jpgJoin us for the next meeting of the Natural History Book Club on Wednesday, November 15th, from 6 -7 p.m. We'll discuss the book "Astrophysics for People in a Hurry," by Neil deGrasse Tyson.


"What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.

 

But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

 

While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe."

 


Location: 165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove Map
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Write A Letter to Those Who Serve
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Libraries - All
It's easy to participate and your letter and/or artwork will make some one very happy. Kids are especially encouraged to write.
Date: Every day (Nov 15-Dec 31)


(0 Nov 2017) Library_VeteranLetter.jpgOperation Gratitude sends 200,000+ Care Packages each year to Deployed Troops, Veterans, New Recruits & First Responders. Of all the items included in these packages, the most cherished are the personal letters of appreciation! That's why we're partnering with Operation Gratitude on a letter writing campaign at all of our libraries.

 

We'll have pens, pencils, paper, and inspiration available at all branch libraries and at the Veterans Information Center at the Downtown Library. We will begin gathering letters from our branches starting now and continuing through the New Year. We will mail one giant box with our letters to Operation Gratitude!

 

It's easy to participate and your letter and/or artwork will make some one very happy. Kids are especially encouraged to write.


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A fun way to teach your child life skills
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SPIN
Don't miss SPIN's upcoming workshop "PRT: A fun way to teach your child life skills."
Date: 11/16/2017 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Don't miss SPIN's upcoming workshop "PRT: A fun way to teach your child life skills." Pivotal Response Treatment is a way of implementing Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) in a playful way in order to teach your child with Autism or other developmental disabilities how to engage in social skills.

If you want to learn more join us Thursday, November 16.


Location: 85 tNielson S, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-423-7713 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Walk Through the Grades
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Santa Cruz Waldorf School
Come See Why Waldorf Works
Date: 11/16/2017 from 8:30am to 10:30am


Join us for a guided tour through the grades classrooms followed by time for questions. Adults only please.

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School honors students' individual development and capacities, and nurtures a love of learning through our rich curriculum inspired by Rudolf Steiner. At our rural, forested campus, our community, led by creative Waldorf-trained teachers, encourages the protection of childhood and respect for all life.

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School cultivates self-directed, empathetic and free-thinking individuals with the courage and capacities to serve an ever-evolving humanity.

 


Location: 2190 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 824-2161 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Dance the Square
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MAH
20 minutes of beginner Swing Dance instruction followed by 60 minutes of free style dance. All ages are welcome! Bring your fami
Date: 11/16/2017 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 Nov 2017) MAH_DanceNight.jpgCome Shake the Square and learn some swingin' moves on the dance floor with professional instructor Shira Coleman from Swing Set Lounge. Learn some new moves, make them your own, bring your friends, and most importantly have FUN.

There will be 20 minutes of beginner Swing Dance instruction followed by 60 minutes of free style dance. All ages are welcome! Bring your family for dinner to complete the night.

Shake the Square is all about movement and interactive FUN. Think swing dance this week, yoga, art class, or tai chi the next. We've got lots of ideas in store to shake up Thursday nights!


Location: 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831 763 4047 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Curious Contraptions
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Exploratorium
A temporary exhibition of the charming, often hilarious mechanical sculptures known as automata
Date: Every day (Nov 16-Jan 28) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Pier 15, which is on the Embarcadero at Green Street

(0 Nov 2017) Exloratorium_CuriousContraptions.jpgExplore small, surreal worlds at Curious Contraptions, a temporary exhibition of the charming, often hilarious mechanical sculptures known as automata. Like complex mechanical toys, these whimsical machines are brought to life by intricate arrangements of handmade cams, cranks, and other simple mechanisms.

 

Each sculpture performs an absurd miniature drama reflecting its maker's worldview and sense of humor. Take a look at their exposed inner workings and investigate the low-tech mechanisms that make these automata move.

 

This year, Curious Contraptions features the varied viewpoints of artists including Carlos Zapata, Paul Spooner, Keith Newstead, and Fi Henshall, plus artist residencies with Zapata, Hernán Lira, and Noga Elhassid.

 

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Location: Pier 15, San Francisco Map
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Trivia on Tap
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Library Central & Scotts Valley
Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize.
Date: The 3rd Th of every month from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


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

 

Note: Special Theme: Film and Television


Location: Steel Bonnet Brewing Company , 20 Victor Square, Scotts Valley Map
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A Christmas Carol
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Christian Youth Theater
Christian Youth Theater presents this Broadway adaptation of the favorite Dickens classic with anew spin.
Date: Every Fri and Sa (Nov 17-Nov 26)


(0 Nov 2017) AChristmasCarol.jpgEbenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes that personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated "Bah! Humbug!" Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he's forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present and Future. Thanks to their guidance, Scrooge recognizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with a cheerful "Happy Christmas" before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those that mean the most to him.

 

A Christmas Carol is a spectacular adaptation of Charles Dickens' most well-known story. Proving its staying power with a decade-long run at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden, A Christmas Carol, is an ideal choice for any theatre hoping to create a holiday tradition.

 

Dates / Times:

Friday, Nov 17th @ 9:00am
Friday, Nov 17th @ 12:00pm
Friday, Nov 17th @ 7:00pm
Saturday, Nov 18th @ 2:00pm
Saturday, Nov 18th @ 7:00pm
Sunday, Nov 19th @ 2:00pm
Saturday, Nov 25th @ 2:00pm
Saturday, Nov 25th @ 7:00pm
Sunday, Nov 26th @ 12:00pm
Sunday, Nov 26th @ 4:00pm

 

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Location: Louden Nelson Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Old-Time Family Barn Dance
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Live Oak Grange
Fun dances accessible to all comers. Live acoustic string music. All dances taught and prompted.
Date: The 3rd Fri of every month at 6:30pm
Admission Fees: $10 per person $15 for two people $20 per family
Special Instructions: AUGUST DANCE CANCELLED

Yee Haw! and Do Si Do!

 

On the third Friday of every month, Grange member and Professional Dance Caller Andy Wilson hosts a family-friendly barn dance.  Join us for a potluck supper at 6:00 before the dancing starts at 6:30.  We knock off around 8:00 to let everyone get home and have a good night sleep.  Live music featuring Deby's Ginormous String Band.


$10 per person
$15 for two people
$20 per family



Musicians (young or old) are welcome to join the band on stage.

 

AUGUST DANCE CANCELLED, SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER!


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Ice Skating at Circle of Palms
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San Jose Downtown
Skaters never tire of circling, twirling and gliding beneath 32 palms that stand majestic by day and twinkle by night
Date: Every day (Nov 17-Jan 29)
Admission Fees: 15 10-under $17 11-older $10 bring your own skates

Downtown Ice is not only located in a spectacular setting - the Circle of Palms between the Fairmont Hotel and San Jose Museum of Art. Basking in the glow of the iconic, only-in-San Jose ice rink are partners Hawaiian Airlines and Olympic figure skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi, who bring the aloha spirit and a lot of pizzazz to the rink

 

Our goal is to take care of all customers and make this ice rink the best skating experience anywhere.

 

If you've never been to the ice rink, here's what to expect, a step-by-step guide to ensure a cool Downtown Ice experience.

 

Downtown Ice is part of San Jose's Downtown for the Holidays traditions

 

Downtown Ice is located in the core of the South Bay's leading winter attractions and family friendly activities, which include the traditional Christmas in the Park and Winter Wonderland. Park once and make a day of it in downtown San Jose: dine, dance, laugh, and enjoy the spirit of the season swirling about you.

 

Parking is affordable and easy. Find $5 flat-rate parking after 6 p.m., seven nights a week in city-owned lots and garages. After 6 p.m. and all day Saturday, receive validation from a participating business and park the rest of the night for FREE in city-owned garages. Visit sjdowntownparking.com for more information.

 

November 17 - 18
Friday: 5 p.m. - midnight
Saturday: Noon - midnight

November 19 - 25
(Thanksgiving Week)
Sunday: Noon - 9 p.m.
Monday - Tuesday: 5 - 9 p.m.
Wednesday: 2 p.m. - midnight
Thursday/Thanksgiving: 2 p.m. - midnight
Friday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - midnight


See website for January schedule


Location: 120 S. Market St., San Jose Map
Phone: (408) 610-4055 •website San Josecreate a direct event link
Santa's Shelves Craft Faire
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Felton Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary
tasty treats and exquisite holiday gifts
Date: Every day (Nov 18-Nov 19) from 9:00am to 4:00pm


(0 Nov 2017) Christmas_FeltonCraftFaire.jpgThe Felton Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary is sponsoring its annual Santa's Shelves Craft Faire to help raise funds for the fabulous Felton Volunteer Fire Department. Take a stroll, grab a tasty treat, do some holiday shopping and check out the different craft vendors! This event takes place from 9am - 4pm both days.

Check out the pages below for a few of the many vendors that will be at the Craft Faire! :
Carol Riddle Water Colors: www.artbycarol.com
Coastal Scrub Soap: https://www.facebook.com/coastalscrubsoap/
Primal Well: https://www.facebook.com/primalwell/
Hilde Hauc: https://www.facebook.com/HildeHauc/
April Zilber Glass: https://www.facebook.com/AprilZilberGlass/
Santa Cruz Mountain Clothing: http://www.santacruzmtns.com/
Fiddle Bug Bags: www.fiddlebugbags.com


Location: 131 Kirby St, , Felton Map
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Embracing the Dance
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Santa Cruz County Symphony
Celebration of Dance
Date: Every day (Nov 18-Nov 19)
Ages: all
Special Instructions: Sat at Civic ~ Sun at Mello

Santa Cruz Symphony

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:30pm at the Civic Auditorium

Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 2:00pm at the Henry J Mello Center

We open the concert with living American composer John Adams' suave and extraordinary Chairman Dances: Foxtrot for Orchestra, followed by American composer Leonard Bernstein's exhilarating Symphonic Dances from his score for the musical West Side Story.


We end the program with Beethoven's 7th symphony. While the funeral march from contains one of the most monumental moments in music, it is the lighter, joyful moments in the symphony that prompted Wagner to declare this work "The Apotheosis of the Dance."

 

Mello Concerts: Online/Advance ticket sales for Sunday matinee concerts at the Mello end at 7:30p.m. the evening before the concert. Any remaining tickets available at the door.

 

Children under 6 not allowed at Symphony concerts.

 

ID required to claim Will Call tickets. If you choose to have your tickets mailed to you and you do not receive them, please contact the Civic Box Office prior to the day of show.


Location: Santa Cruz Civic Center, 307 Church St, Aptos Map
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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
Robin Hood
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Alternative Family Education
Come cheer Robin and his gang in their quest for social justice.
Date: 11/18/2017
Admission Fees: $6 youth, $8 adult, at the door $10

(0 Nov 2017) RobinHood.jpgRobin Hood 2 pm. Join Alternative Family Education's 3rd - 6th graders for an exciting performance of this classic tale!

 

Come cheer Robin and his gang in their quest for social justice.

 

Performs at the Broadway Playhouse, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz. Box Office and Will Call open 1 hour before show. Advance tickets ($6 youth, $8 adult) available at the AFE Resource Center (185 Benito Ave, Santa Cruz) Mon-Fri 10 - 3pm. At the door $10. 


Location: Broadway Playhouse, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
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Earthly Colors: A Natural Dye Workshop
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Join the Museum for Nature Connections that bring us closer to our surroundings. Learn new skills, visit new places, or discover
Date: 11/18/2017 from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: $15 Adult | $10 Children | 50% off for Museum Members

(0 Oct 2017) SCMus_EarthlyColors.jpgEarthly Colors: A Natural Dye Workshop

November 18 | 10AM - 1PM

Pre-registration Required. CLICK HERE to register
Pric
e: $20 Adult | $15 Children | 50% off for Museum Members (includes materials)
Location:  Museum of Natural History

About the Workshop:

Learn how you can use locally sourced plants, minerals, and other natural materials to transform fabrics into beautiful works of art. Local artists Kate Jaffe and Kris Nardello will guide us through which materials to use for which color, how to turn these materials into dyes, and how to dye natural fabric or yarn. All participants will create their own hand-dyed silk bandana using one of three natural dyes and the Japanese technique of shibori to make their own unique patterns.

 

This workshop will take place outside. In the case of inclement weather, we may choose to move the workshop inside. Feel free to pack a lunch as there will be opportunities to break.

 

About the Workshop Leaders:

Kate Jaffe is a Natural History and Wilderness Self Reliance youth educator in Santa Cruz. In her free time she loves to forage, spin wool, yak, and vegetable fibers, weave, and practice natural dyeing. Her love of natural dyes started when she was 14 and began to dye her clothing with teas and flowers from her mother's garden.

 

Kris Nardello is a retired middle school educator who has found natural dyeing and textile surface design combine her favorite activities: foraging, creating fiber arts and learning more about plants of the Central Coast as candidates for her dyepot. She spins and dyes her own yarn for knitted garments and woven tapestries.

 

 

Join the Museum for Nature Connections that bring us closer to our surroundings. Learn new skills, visit new places, or discover familiar places in a whole new way!  Do you have an idea for a future walk or workshop?  Let us know at education@santacruzmuseum.org.


Location: 1305 EastCliff Dr, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Holiday Art Festival
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Aromas Hills Artisans
A great variety of artisans' works... find one of a kind gifts. hot drinks, treats and lunch!
Date: Every day (Nov 18-Nov 19) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: corner of Rose and Blohm Ave

Enjoy a huge display of artwork by Aromas Hills Artisans all under one roof at the Aromas Grange!

There will be a wide variety of artwork offered by numerous artisans, from glass and clay, wood and stone, paper and canvas, yarn and fabric, photos and books-whatever your wish, you'll find it at the Grange, corner of Rose and Blohm Ave., Aromas.

 

No matter what the weather, you can comfortably stroll through the wonderful labyrinth of creativity, talk to the artists, learn about their methods and fill your Christmas list. Finish off your visit with hot cider, coffee, cookies and relax in front of a fire in the fireplace. Or don't stop there. Take a free class making something fantastic, taught by our Artisans.

 

(A Nov) Aromas_pelican.jpgThe Aromas Hills Artisans guild is a non-profit philanthropic organization that promotes art education through community art events and workshops. The organization also provides scholarships to members, enabling them to attend classes to further develop their artistic abilities.

 

Don't miss out on a chance to win a beautiful piece of artwork! Each year artists donate pieces of artwork and tickets are sold to fund the scholarships. Winners of the drawing will be announced at the Holiday Art Festival on November 22nd. Attendees will have a chance to buy last-minute tickets at the Holiday Art Festival. Maybe your name will be drawn-just more excitement added to a wonderful experience in Aromas.

See you there!

 

This is a festival you won't want to miss. The lovely little town of Aromas is located on highway 129, halfway between Watsonville and highway 101. For information call Kay at 831-594-0033

 

Many of the AHA Members will be under one roof in the Aromas Grange! With the wide variety of mediums, you're sure to find just the right Holiday gift.


Location: Aromas Grange Hall, Bardue & Rose, San Juan Bautista Map
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Craft Sale in the Mountains
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Made in the Mountains
Artists line the sidewalks showing of their amazing crafts.
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: free

It's time for Made in the Mountains again! What is Made in the Mountains, you ask? Well, it's a fun event that happens the 3rd Saturday of every month in beautiful downtown Boulder Creek.

 

Artists line the sidewalks showing of their amazing crafts. You might find a photo you like. Or a metal art piece for your garden. Or get a henna tattoo. Or a piece of jewelry. Or some woodwork. You never know what incredible art you'll find!

 

To top it off, you could win $100!! Just spend $50 at any local business during the event, take your receipt to Karen in front of Century 21 and you could be the lucky recipient of a $100 gift certificate to a BCBA member business of your choice! It's one of those win-win situations! Looking forward to seeing you there!

 


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Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Holiday Sale
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Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Society
Crystals - Gems - Rocks - Minerals - Fossils - Lapidary - Jewelry
Date: Every day (Nov 18-Nov 19) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 Nov 2017) MinandGem_RockinHolidaySale.jpgGems, jewelry, beads, crystals, rocks, minerals, fossils, lapidary, and more!

10am to 5pm Sat & Sun, November 18 & 19, 2017

The Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Society invites you to the annual holiday sale organized by members of the club. Come and see wonders from around the world - rocks, minerals, crystals, gems, jewelry, and lapidary arts. Browse the bargains and pick up some great gifts for the holidays. Kids love the treasure wheel, take a spin and win a prize.

Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave., Santa Cruz, CA. Free admission and parking.


Location: Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-0572 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Skill and Luck
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State Park Mission
Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18th century
Date: 11/18/2017 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza

Skill and Luck

Saturday, November 18 at 1pm

Learn and play traditional games of the California Indians and Spanish that required skill and luck. Make a game to take home. This free event is at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, located on School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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When Species Collide!
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Explore topics like natives vs. non-native invasives, and adaptations.
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month (Oct 21-Dec 16) at 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Saturdays, October 21 ~ November 18 ~ December 16 10 am

When Species Collide!

Saturdays, October 21 ~ November 18 ~ December 16   10 am


How did Rancho del Oso become the park it is today? Who are the plants and animals that live here? Why are they here? How did humans influence the natural history of the Waddell Valley? Join Rancho del Oso docent Ken Koll for a hike on the beautiful Skyline-to-Sea Bypass Trail. Along the way,
we will pass through the varied habitats of the Waddell Valley, and explore topics like natives vs. non-native invasives, and adaptations.

We will start our hike at the Rancho del Oso entrance gate (yellow gate on the inland side of Highway 1, across from the Waddell Beach parking lot). The hike will be approximately four miles. Bring water, snacks if you wish, and wear sturdy footwear. Don't forget your curiosity and inner-naturalist. It will be a great day!


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport 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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145th Anniversary of the Pigeon Point Lighthouse
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State Park Pigeon Point Lighthouse
Live music, tours on the half hour, native plant sale, kids activities (scavenger hunt and crafts), and informational booths
Date: 11/18/2017 from 1:00pm to 7:00pm


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An annual special event!

145th Anniversary Celebration of the Pigeon Point Light House

Saturday, November 18 from 1 pm to 7 pm

 

Join California State Parks and Coastside State Parks Association to celebrate the 145th anniversary of Pigeon Point Light Station on Saturday, November 18 from 1-7pm. This free event includes tours, information booths, live music, face painting, children's activities, maritime author JoAnn Semones, food truck, and a native plant sale. The Visitor Center and park store will remain open through 7pm to show off the First Order Fresnel Lens, the original

lighthouse beacon. For more information, please call (650) 879-2120, email Volunteers.PigeonPoint@Parks.CA.gov, or visit www.parks.ca.gov. Event made possible by California State Parks and Coastside State Parks Association.

 

Though we can't "light the light" at the top of the tower, we can enlighten your day. We're sure the day will be fun for the whole family. Please bring a flashlight and dress warmly. Event is free. Event is made possible by California State Parks and the Coastside State Parks Association.


Location: 210 Pigeon Point Rd. , Pescadero Map
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Arboretum Wreath & Gift Sale
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
This is the only collection you will find that draws upon the Arboretum's rare and extraordinary succulents and dried plants.
Date: 11/18/2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

UC Santa Cruz Arboretum Wreath & Gift Sale

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Wonderful Thanksgiving and Holiday items will be available at the 32nd annual Wreath & Gift Sale!

This is one the most anticipated sales of the year. Santa Cruz County artists join forces with Arboretum volunteers to produce one of kind living Succulent wreaths and dried floral wreaths, floral centerpieces and other artwork for the sale.

These beautiful botanic decorations will make the perfect seasonal accent to your home, or holiday gift for loved ones!



Get inspired! Buy plants, dried flowers and frames to make your own creations or give kits as gifts. Wreath making demonstrations and wreath kits will be available.

 

The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum is a 50-year-old treasure and beloved destination for the central coast and local community that seeks to inspire stewardship of the world's biodiversity through research, education, and the conservation of rare, endangered, and extraordinary plants.

 

* Memberships will be available at the door for pre-sale the day of the sale or join now online.


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Fly Fishing Casting Clinic
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Coastal Watershed Council
This clinic is for all ages and all experience levels.
Date: 11/18/2017 from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: ALL Admission Fees: FREE

(0 Nov 2017) FlyFishingClinic.jpgCome on down to the banks of the San Lorenzo River for the 2nd Annual Fly Fishing Clinic. Bring the whole family and learn about the sport and fish in Santa Cruz County.

This clinic is for all ages and all experience levels. Whether you are just beginning or a seasoned veteran you can:

-Get one-on-one training in fly casting, fly tying, and fly fishing etiquette from the pros.
-Learn about the gear you need and enter to win awesome fly fishing gear.
-Learn from local fish biologists about the fish in our rivers and how to be a good river steward.

Have you seen anglers out in the river and thought, that looks fun! Well, this is your chance to give it a try. No gear or prior experience necessary.

This event is organized by Santa Cruz Fly Fisherman Club, Steinbeck Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project, Patagonia.


Location: San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Reindeer at SF Zoo
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San Francisco Zoo
Come see the reindeer on loan from Santa
Date: Every Fri and Sa (Nov 18-Jan 1)

Special Instructions: Sloat Blvd at Great highway

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Santa is sending his favorite reindeer, "Belle", "Holly" and "Peppermint" to spread holiday cheer at San Francisco Zoo & Gardens!  Until January 1, majestic reindeer will be romping at SF Zoo's Playfield Lawn, near the spectacular Elinor Friend Playground.  We will have a Program Guide at the Reindeer from 11:30-4 daily.


Celebrate the holiday season by visiting the animals who help Santa deliver presents to all the children in the land.  Learn what they eat (besides carrots and cookies on Christmas Eve) and see what they look like up close and on the ground.  Reindeer and caribou are classified as the same genus and species - Rangifer tarandus.

Reindeer are domesticated caribou and the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species lists them as "vulnerable" after a 40% decline in population over the last 20-30 years.  Reindeer are highly adapted to their life in cold climates as they have two thick layers of fur to keep them warm and what are called "turbinate" bones in their nose, which helps warm cold air before it enters their lungs. 

They also have specially designed hooves which provide extra traction on the wet, spongy tundra during the spring; in the winter the footpads shrink and tighten, exposing the rim of the hoof which cuts into the ice and snow for a surer grip.  They are used by many circumpolar cultures for their meat, hide, milk and antlers.

 

 


Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco Map
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Kirking of the Tartans
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Come in your tartan!
Date: 11/18/2017 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Admission Fees: Suggested Donation: $10 (adult) $5 (seniors and Kids under 12)

(0 Nov 2017) Tartans.jpgKirking of the Tartans

 

Come and celebrate the Feast of St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland, with song, dance, food, bagpipes, and kilts. Bring your tartan to be blessed (and sport your kilt).

Register your clan/family with the front office for the blessing during the service.

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 6:00 pm

The Feast will include: Shepherd's Pie, Salad, Bread, Dessert, Coffee, Tea

Suggested Donation: $10 (adult)
$5 (seniors and Kids under 12)
$1 for soda/water

All proceeds will benefit Valley Churches United Missions.

Volunteer sign-up sheets will be on the board next to the office. If you would like to help, please check the board. Thanks!

"Kirking of the Tartans" is a tradition here at St. Andrew's for over 20 years. This historic church was built in 1901 by Scottish settlers in Ben Lomond and has served as a symbol of the Valley's Scottish heritage. This is not only a celebration of St. Andrew (the patron saint of Scotland), but a tradition dating back to when it was banned in Scotland to claim your own family and cultural heritage. But families, or clans, would gather at church wearing a small piece of their tartan under their clothing representing their clan. The blessing bestowed at that secret gathering was a blessing on the entire clan.


Location: 101 Riverside Ave, Ben Lomond Map
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Turkey Trot
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Santa Cruz Track Club
Dress like a turkey for the Turkey Trot!
Date: 11/18/2017 at 8:00am
Admission Fees: $5-$30 online

Turkey Trot 5k, 10k, kids' 1k race

 

Scenic ocean view, flat and fast out and back courses that begin and end on Delaware street by the back entrance to Natural Bridges State Park. Race takes place RAIN OR SHINE! Awards for 10k, 5k & 1k! Event details and schedule

 

Race Start:

1K - 7:45am

5K - 8:00am

10K - 8:45am

Race Day Registration and packet packet-pick up begins at 6:45am

 

Race Day Registration Prices: 5K and 10K: $45, Kids 1K: $5.00

 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://www.active.com/santa-cruz-ca/running/distance-running-races/santa-cruz-turkey-trot-2017

 


Location: 2300 Delaware Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Science Sunday
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join us on the third Sunday of every month (except December) for a public lecture from a marine scientist
Date: The 3rd Su of every month at 1:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free with admission
Special Instructions: We are located at the end of Delaware Avenue.

(A Dec) Seymour_ScienceSunday3.jpgJoin us on the third Sunday of every month (except December) for a public lecture from a marine scientist, who presents current research and topics in an entertaining and easy-to-understand format, with up-to-date photos, video, and discussion. Science Sunday is for everyone interested in the world around them.

 

  • Lectures take place at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at 1:30 PM.
    • Doors open to the lecture hall at 1:00 PM.
    • Lecture passes are available at the admissions counter at 12:30 PM.
    • Seating is limited and first-come, first-served. No late seating.

Lectures are one hour long, including time for a few questions at the end. Science Sunday is free with admission, and always free for members. Recommended for ages 10 and older.

Free ADMISSION for Seymour Center Members and UC Santa Cruz Undergraduates with valid Student ID.


Location: La Feliz room, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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Holiday Boutique & Raffle
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Watsonville Taiko
Jump start your holiday shopping
Date: 11/19/2017 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm


(0 Nov 2017) WatsonvilleTaiko_HolidayBoutique.jpgSupport Watsonville Taiko and get a jump start on your holiday shopping! This family-friendly boutique features something for everyone-unique and creative holiday gifts from arts & crafts to theme baskets to gift certificates, and more.

 

Try your luck at numerous raffle prizes, including the grand prize, an original, handmade Japanese Motif Quilt. Enjoy baked goods and snacks for purchase while you shop.

 

 


Location: Kizuka Hall, 150 Blackburn St, Watsonville Map
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Persimmon Gleaning
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Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Projec
Please join us in gleaning persimmins!
Date: 11/19/2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm


Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project

(0 Nov 2017) persimmons.jpgDear persimmon lovers,

 

It's truly amazing how many persimmon trees there are in Santa Cruz. It is perhaps the most abundant fruit in town, and certainly the most abundant fruit that ripens quickly and produces so much that many residents can't keep up.

 

This Sunday we're offering another persimmon harvest on the east side, starting at 1pm. To RSVP, contact Sandy at chrkdvis@cruzio.com.

 

IF YOU ARE NOT COMMITTED TO SHOWING UP AT THE EVENT, DO NOT RESERVE A SPOT!

 

It takes a lot of (volunteer) work to maintain this organization and plan the events. When people flake, it's disrespectful of our time, and demoralizing. It's also disrespectful to those on the waiting list who would have liked to come in your place.

Also some people have been asking what kind of persimmons we'll be picking.

 

Most persimmons in town including at our events are hachiya, i.e. the squishy kind. If you get lucky we might pick some fuyu, but not confirmed at this time. If you don't like the squishy texture, wait until they're totally gooey and weird, and freeze them for a sorbet-like treat. They're also great dried, and you can dry them before they're totally wet and they dry faster and still taste fine. Also for one of the best desserts ever, look up "boozy persimmon pudding".

 

See you out there.

 

 

If interested, please contact Steve at fruittreesc@gmail.com.

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Science Sunday - A Seal Named Patches
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A Special Family Friendly Science Sunday
Date: 11/19/2017 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: $6-$8

(0 Nov 2017) SealNamedPatches.jpgA SEAL NAMED PATCHES: What Weddell Seals Taught Us About Life At The Bottom Of The World

Roxanne Beltran, Ph.D. Student
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Patrick Robinson, Ph.D.
Año Nuevo Island Reserve Director

During the warmest days of the year, Antarctica's Weddell seals rest on the ice, soak up the sun, and replace their fur coat in a process called molting. Roxanne and Patrick study the molt and how it impacts the seals' abilities to dive deep, stay warm, and raise pups in the harshest environment on the planet. For their research, they fly halfway across the world, wear thick cold-weather gear, and travel by snow machine and helicopter to search for the seals.

Join these Antarctic explorers as they discuss the logistics of Antarctic research, recent research findings, and their newly-released children's book (for ages 5-8) that infuses learning with the excitement of scientific discovery! Come for the science, bring the kids, and stay for the book signing in the exhibit hall.


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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Market at the Market
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Abbott Square
Pick up some gifts and enjoy tasty specials including delicious pie from Companion Bakeshop, hot mulled wine, baked crab mac n'
Date: 11/21/2017 from 3:00pm to 8:00pm


Abbott Square Market is celebrating local art, artisans, crafters, and more on Tuesday, November 21. Stop in and pick up some holiday gifts for your friends and family.

Enjoy tasty specials including delicious pie from Companion Bakeshop, hot mulled wine, baked crab mac n' cheese, hot cocoa and more from the market vendors!

Featured Vendors:

Wired Roots
Shelon Jewelry
Wilder Macrame
Renee's Handmade Soaps
Sea Slugs Everywhere
True Olive Connection
Fossil and Fern
Caterina Hosler
Stand West Creations
Michael Singer Photography
Salazar Glass
Amling Designs
Nicole Zahm
Alexandra Sanders Greeting Cards
Andrea Garvey Art
Farmer Freed

Location: 725 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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December at The Farm
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The Farm
Carols, cookies, hot apple cider and moonlit hayrides. 6-9pm. Weather permitting!
Date: Every day (Nov 21-Dec 23)

Special Instructions: Spreckles Boulevard West at Highway 68

Dec 2 & Dec 3 (Fri. & Sat.): Open House/Christmas Sale!  
Our Last Day of 2016!

Dec 2 (Fri.): Christmas Night at The Farm
Carols, cookies, hot apple cider and moonlit hayrides. 6-9pm.  Weather permitting!

Dec 9 (Fri.): Fresh-baked pies. Pick up from office (green house) 1pm-4pm.  Credit card or check only, please.

Dec 16 (Fri.): Fresh-baked pies. Pick up from office (green house) 1pm-4pm. 

Dec 19 (Mon.): Deadline for Christmas Pie orders.

Dec 22 & 23 (Wed. & Thur.): Christmas Pie pick-up!  Pick up from office (green house) 1pm-4pm. 

 

 


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Thanksgiving in the Parks!
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Turn Black Friday green! This Thanksgiving weekend, Friday November 24 through Sunday November 26, California State Parks i
Date: Every day (Nov 23-Nov 26)


Thanksgiving Weekend, November 24-26, in area California State Parks

 

Turn Black Friday green! This Thanksgiving weekend, Friday November 24 through Sunday November 26, California State Parks is encouraging people to connect with the outdoors. Spend the weekend celebrating family and friends outside.

 

Instagram Contest - Every Adventure has a Story. November 24 through November 26

To encourage people to connect with the outdoors, California State Parks is hosting an Instagram contest Thanksgiving weekend, November 24-26. To participate, visit your favorite California State Park and tell us your story of why this park is important to you. Post to Instagram a 60-second video or a photograph with the story in the caption using the hashtag #InventYourAdventure, #EagleCreek, and tag @CAStateParks. The most creative stories will be chosen as the six grand prizewinners. For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/inventyouradventure.

 

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Facebook: @HenryCowellRSP/ | Instagram: @Henry.Cowell.Redwoods.SP  Located in Felton | (831) 335-7077

 

Life among 2000-Year-Old Giants Friday, November 24 at 11am

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? Meet at the Visitors Center in the day-use area of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park located off Highway 9 in Felton for this free 0.8-mile tour. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Habitat Hike Friday, November 24 at 1pm

Join us for an approximately 5-mile loop through towering redwoods and rare ancient marine deposits, discovering panoramic views along the way. Please bring water, layered clothing, snacks, and hiking shoes. Meet at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Visitor Center, located off Highway 9 in Felton. Event is free; parking is $10. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, and California State Parks.

 

Birding for Beginners Sunday, November 26 at 8am

Join us for a 2-mile stroll to discover the wintertime birds of Henry Cowell. Please bring binoculars, water, snacks, layered clothes, and walking shoes. Please no pets. Heavy rain cancels. Meet in the main day-use parking lot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, in front of the Nature Store. Day-use area entrance is located off Highway 9 in Felton. Event is free; parking is $10. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Wilder Ranch State Park Located two miles north of Santa Cruz, on Highway 1 (831) 426-0505  Facebook: @WilderRanchStatePark

 

Old Cove Landing Coast Nature Walks Saturday, November 25 at 11am

On these two-hour natural history excursions, you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs. Meet at the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center. Bring a snack, water, binoculars, and good walking shoes. Binoculars are available to borrow. Event is free; parking is $10. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

Ranch Tours Saturday, November 25 at 1pm, Sunday, November 26 at 1pm

History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends with Machine Shop Pelton Water Wheel Demos, baking on the woodstove, and ranch tours. Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

Natural Bridges State Beach 2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Facebook @NaturalBridgesStateBeach

 

Monarch Butterfly Tours Saturday, November 25 at 11am and 2pm Sunday, November 26 at 11am and 2pm

Meet at the visitor center for a free 1-hour guided tour of the Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve. Vehicle day-use pass is $10. For more information, please call (831) 423-4609. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

Año Nuevo State Park 1 New Year's Creek Road, Pescadero, CA 94060 | (650) 879- 2025

Facebook: @Ano.Nuevo.State.Park | Instagram: @anonuevostatepark |

Snapchat: anonuevosp | Twitter: anonuevosp

 

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.

 

Castle Rock State Park Located on Highway 35, 2.5 miles southeast of the Hwy 9 junction. (408) 867-2952

 

Castle Rock Trail Loop Saturday, November 25 at 1pm

Discover the natural phenomenon that creates the Castle Rock sandstone formation on this 1.5-mile guided hike. Please bring hiking shoes, sun protection, water, snacks, and layered clothing. Meet at the Castle Rock parking lot kiosk. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $8. For more information, please call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Saratoga Gap Guided Hike Friday, November 24 at 9am

Meet at Saratoga Gap Area for a 3-hour guided hike that will explore the less traveled parts of Castle Rock State Park. Former Ranger Miles Standish will take you on a journey to explore the early pathways of the native peoples, park history, redwood ecology, and a secret trail. Bring you camera, hiking shoes, water, and food. Event is free. The Saratoga Gap Parking Area is located at the intersection of Highway 9 and Highway 35 in Los Gatos. Please bring water, snacks, hiking shoes, and layered clothing. For more information, please call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Castle Rock Guided Hike Friday, November 24 at 10am

Join us at the Castle Rock State Park parking lot for a 3-mile guided hike along the Saratoga Gap Trail. Discover the history of the area, from Ohlone times through the attempts at farming here, until the present day. Please bring water, snacks, hiking shoes, and layered clothing. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $8. For more information, please call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.


Portola Redwoods State Park From Highway 35, turn west onto Alpine Rd., go 3 miles, and turn onto Portola State Park Rd. (650) 948-9098

 

Portola Redwoods Guided Hike Friday, November 24 at 8:45am

Join us for a 3-hour guided hike on the Slate Creek Trail and discover the secrets of the redwoods. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Please no pets. Please bring water, snacks, hiking shoes, and layered clothing. For more information, please call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.


Big Basin Redwoods State Park Located 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236(831) 338-8883 | www.parks.ca.gov/bigbasin/activities Facebook @BigBasinRedwoodsSP

 

Redwood Grove Loop Walk Thursday, November 23 Thanksgiving at 1pm, Friday, November 24 Green Friday at 11am and 2pm, Saturday, November 25 at 11am and 2pm, Sunday, November 26 at 11am and 2pm

How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Outlook from Mt. McAbee Friday, November 24 at 10:30am

Join Docent Hal Anjo on a hike to McAbee Outlook. We'll stop at the top and enjoy the lovely ocean views, returning through a beautiful old-growth redwood forest. Learn about the different habitats as you watch the environment change as we climb and enjoy the view. Difficulty level is moderate. The hike is six miles and about three and a half hours. Bring plenty of water, snacks and good hiking shoes. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Saturday, November 25 at noon Sunday, November 26 at noon

Explore the park's less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike is tailored to your group. Based on group size, experience level and weather conditions, we will choose from the many trails that explore the park's most scenic areas. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Snakes Alive! Saturday, November 25 from noon to 3pm

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 Sempervirens Room/Park Headquarters and meet Docent Diane Shaw and learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park144 School Street, Santa Cruz, CA  95060 | (831) 425-5849Hours: Mondays,Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays from 10am-4pm; Sundays from 12pm-4pm.Closed Thursday, November 24 for Thanksgiving

 

Mission Building Game Friday, November 24 at 11am

Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18th century. Spend Spanish real coins and roll the sheep's knucklebone to determine the fate of your mission. Geared for ages 8 and older. This free event is at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, located on School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

Mission Cooking Demonstration Saturday November 25 at 1pm

Come to Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park and experience different cooking styles used by the people who lived and worked here over 200 years ago. There will be a presentation of Ohlone and Spanish cuisine including hot rock cooking, tortilla frying on a Comal and baking in our Horno. You can even sample the creations and make your own tortilla. This free event is at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, located on School Street in Santa Cruz. Rain cancels. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


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Visit an elaborate Christmas-themed oasis
Date: Every day (Nov 23-Dec 31) from 5:45pm to 9:00pm
Admission Fees: Donations accepted

Farley's Christmas Wonderland

untitled-design-37Tucked away in Seabright is a one-of-a-kind local neighborhood attraction: Farley's Christmas Wonderland.

 

Pat Farley, a local Seabright resident, creates an elaborate Christmas-themed oasis each year in his front yard and opens it up for the public to walk through and view.

 

If you're looking for a uniquely local Christmas experience to share with family then consider stopping by Farley's Christmas Wonderland.

 

Visit the Farley's Christmas Wonderland website or Facebook page for more information.

 


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Holidays Downtown
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Magical holiday times downtown!
Date: Every day (Nov 24-Dec 24)


Downtown for the Holidays

Holiday Traditions and Magical Moments happen in Downtown Santa Cruz 

The Holidays are a magical time of year, and nowhere is that magic more apparent than in Downtown Santa Cruz. Throughout the season there are so many reasons to celebrate and enjoy the festivities. One of the things that makes this time of year so special is our traditions. The Victorian Carriage Rides, Visits with Santa at Marini's, the Holiday Parade, Just strolling through the neighborhood and checking off your gift list. Whatever your favorite Downtown holiday traditions, we wish you and yours all the best and we invite you to come join us and celebrate at our fun holiday events!


Black Friday Weekend

Sidewalk Sale - Nov 24th, 25th, 26th

Get a jump on your holiday shopping while enjoying a beautiful weekend in Downtown Santa Cruz. Bring the family and enjoy the walkable sidewalks of Downtown Santa Cruz. Sales run all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with great end of month clearance deals all around the Downtown.


Small Business Saturday - Nov 25th

Don't miss the biggest small promotion of the year. Think Big and shop Small with the annual event celebrating Small businesses. Pick up a Copy of the Santa Cruz Sentinel for a full listing of all of the local participating shops, eateries and other small businesses.


Downtown Holiday Parade - Saturday, Dec 2nd

Starting at 10 am on Pacific Avenue,

The traditional holiday parade is the official kickoff for the winter holidays celebration. Bands, Dancers, Classic Cars, Synchronized Librarians, perhaps even a "Rootbeer Float" one never knows exactly what to expect at the Parade, but you can be sure to expect the whole community to show up and have a great time, and of course, at the end of the parade, Sitting in a horse-drawn Victorian Carriage, the man of the hour is welcomed back to Downtown Santa Cruz. Bring the family or participate! Register to be in the parade HERE.

The Holiday Parade is Rain or Shine!


Santa Cruise - Saturday, Dec 9th

Back by popular demand, Santa Cruise is a spirited, text-based scavenger hunt, throughout downtown, including holiday spirits at your favorite Downtown Drinking establishments.

Your ticket gets you a custom "Suessean" Santa Hat and the codes to connect with Santa himself, who will lead you on a frivolous journey through the streets of Downtown, sprinkled with specialty seasonal imbibements at some of Santa's favorite local haunts.

The Downtown Santa Cruise is a 21 and over event. Get a crew together a come hunt, scavenge and sleuth your way to a great after party!


Saturday, Dec 16 - Free Family Movie

10 am at the Del Mar Theatre

The Free Family Movie at the Del Mar is a special tradition and a wonderful way to support Second Harvest Food Bank as their holiday food drives help so many people in our community have healthy food, every day of the year.

Bring a food or cash donation and enjoy a great holiday classic on the Big Screen.

This is a fun, Saturday morning event for the whole family.


Victorian Carriage Rides

Reserve the traditional horse-drawn Victorian Carriage for a magical ride around downtown. Experience the lights and festive holiday environment in style. A fun outing for friends and family or part of a perfect date with that special someone. $50 reserves the carriage for a ride around Downtown. Two facing benches, seats 4-6 people comfortably, depending on size. The ride lasts about 15-20 minutes.

Limited Rides - Dates TBD


Visits with Santa at Marini's Candies

No matter how old you are, if you were a kid In Santa Cruz, you probably visited the Jolly Fellow himself at Marini's Candies on Pacific Avenue.

Well, it turns out, enough of us must have been nice this year, because he's coming back. Stop in for a relaxed, not rushed visit and photo with your own camera. Ho, ho, ho!

Marini's Candies


Santa's Reindeer Round-up

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Nov 25 - Dec 18
Santa Needs your help!!!

It seems the whole team of reindeer is hidden in stores throughout Downtown Santa Cruz.

Help him find them before his big night! Pick up a map, have fun with this scavenger hunt and you could win Downtown Dollars and other great downtown prizes!


Parking for Hope

From December 18-Dec 24 revenue from Downtown Parking meters supports the great work of HOPE Services. Last year the Downtown meters raised over $30,000 for the HOPE services litter abatement crew.

 

 

 


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Cannery Row Tree Lighting Ceremony
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Date: 11/24/2017 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm


Cannery Row Tree Lighting Ceremony

        

WELCOME IN THE HOLIDAY SEASON ON CANNERY ROW!

Join us for the 22nd annual Holiday Tree Lighting on Cannery Row! This free event is a fun tradition for the whole family - featuring Christmas Carolers, Santa's Reindeer and of course, Santa Claus himself.

 

And remember, locals park for free after 4:00 pm every day at the Cannery Row Garage (601 Foam St. between Hoffman/Prescott).

 

 


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Redwood Friday
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Special free parking day at Henry Cowell State Park
Date: 11/24/2017


(0 Nov 2017) RedwoodsFriday.jpgCalifornia State Parks is partnering with Save the Redwoods League to offer a limited amount of free vehicle day use passes to more than 40 participating redwood state parks, including Henry Cowell. Passes are first-come, first-serve basis. Receive and print your pass at www.RedwoodsFriday.org. #RedwoodsFriday and #CAStateParks.


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Holiday Train Rides
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Beach Boardwalk
Celebrate the Holiday Season with a ride on one of three festive trains!
Date: Every day (Nov 24-Dec 23)


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Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train

November 24 through December 23

Operated by Roaring Camp Railroads.
Will-Call/Ticketing at Main Entrance

Vintage excursion cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights, roll through Santa Cruz streets.

Passengers lend their voices to holiday carols and sip spiced cider while Santa visits with the little ones and the young at heart!

 

 

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Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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JOY!
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Tandy Beal & Company
Dazzling extravaganza for the whole family, JOY!, A Holiday Show with Circus, Dance, and Live Music
Date: Every day (Nov 24-Nov 26)


JOY! Nov. 24 - 26: Friday 2pm & 7pm.  Saturday 2pm & 7pm. Sunday 2pm.

 

The holiday season kicks off with the return of Tandy Beal & Company, presenting another dazzling extravaganza for the whole family, JOY!, A Holiday Show with Circus, Dance, and Live Music, featuring the reunion of Pickle Family Circus stars Pino and Razz - also known as Cirque du Soleil soloists Jeff Raz and Diane Wasnak.

 

The show, which follows up on last year's critically acclaimed Nutz RE-Mixed!, is set to the live music of award-winning a cappella group SoVoSó, performing original Candy Land flavored tunes and other seasonal favorites, accompanying a magical madcap holiday circus featuring world-class acrobats, dancers, and circus artists in a zany holiday spectacular.

 

This zany holiday spectacular performs November 24 - 26 at the Civic Auditorium in Santa Cruz, and December 1 - 3 at the Hammer Theatre in San Jose. Group discounts for 10+ available.

 

Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St., Santa Cruz. For tickets ($9.75 - $50) and more information visit www.holiday-joy.com.


Location: Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Holiday Tree Walk
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Roaring Camp Railroads
Delight in the tree-lined walk of festive holiday trees displayed atop Bear Mountain
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Nov 24-Dec 10)


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Holiday Tree Walk

NOVEMBER 24 - 26, DECEMBER 2 - 3, 9 - 10

 

Get in the holiday spirit by bringing family and friends to ride Roaring Camp's daytime steam train to Bear Mountain. At the summit, guests may sip hot cider and delight in viewing a tree-lined walk of beautifully decorated holiday trees. Trees are provided by Patchen California Christmas Tree Farm, Los Gatos.

 

To add to the festive spirit and bring hope to families in need, visitors may bring a new and unwrapped toy to Roaring Camp's depot to benefit Santa Cruz County's Toys for Tots campaign.

 

Toys collected will be distributed to children who otherwise would have less. For each donated toy, Roaring Camp will deduct $2 per train ticket, purchased in person only. Guests are requested to avoid donating toys of aggression or unpacked stuffed animals.

 

Toys for Tots


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Felton Map
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The Ultimate Christmas Show
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Mountain Community Theater
The fruitcakes of Mountain Community Theater invite you to take an irreverent, comedic, yet heartwarming trip through the holida
Date: Every day (Nov 24-Dec 17)
Ages: 12+ Admission Fees: $17-$20
Special Instructions: Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun2pm

The fruitcakes of Mountain Community Theater invite you to take an irreverent, comedic, yet heartwarming trip through the holidays in their upcoming comedy production of Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor's The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) playing Nov. 24 through Dec. 17, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays at 2 PM at Park Hall in Ben Lomond.

 

Tickets can be purchased for $20 general and $17 for students and seniors at www.mctshows.org, or at www.brownpapertickets.com.

It is festive, funny, physical and fun as some of your favorite MCT comedians poke fun at many holiday traditions, while stepping on more than a few sacred cows. There's lots of singing, a live band, and you can even bring a wrapped holiday gift of $5 value or less and participate in the audience gift exchange! Delicious holidays desserts will be served, as well as inspired madness! This hilarious show promises to boost your spirits and bring gales of holiday belly-aching laughter!

The show stars Santa Cruz area favorite comedians Karin Babbitt, W. Scott Whisler, and Jackson Wolffe, and is directed by MCT veteran Kathie Kratochvil, with musical direction by Mazera Cox, and choreography by Shannon Marie Kerr.

Audience members will enter the world belonging to the "Saint Everybody's Non-Denominational Universalist Church" who are currently hosting their annual "Multicultural Interfaith Holiday Variety Show and Christmas Pageant." Scheduled to perform are groups such as: The Holy Strollers (Holiday toddlers perform the Nativity story); as well as The Christmas Boys' Choir from our Our Lady of Eternal Suspicion Catholic Church.

  • Unfortunately, it is a dark and stormy night in the San Lorenzo Valley and all the roads into the Valley have been closed (sound familiar?). Fortunately, the costume trunks and props from all the scheduled performing acts arrived before the big storm. Unfortunately, the scheduled performers can't get into the Valley. So, the evening's hosts must perform the show themselves! Join us as Mountain Community Theater rekindles the joy, inner-child and familial dysfunction inside us all! This show is recommended for ages 12 and older.

  • Location: Park Hall, 9400 Mill Street, Ben Lomond Map
    Phone: (831) 336-4777 •website Ben Lomond create a direct event link
    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: 11/25/2017 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
    Ages: All

    Snakes Alive!

    Saturday, November 25 from noon to 3pm

    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 Sempervirens Room/Park Headquarters and meet Docent Diane Shaw and learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

     


    Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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    Chanukah Story Time with Billie Harris
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    Bookshop Santa Cruz
    A special way to explore the holiday and celebrate with friends.
    Date: 11/25/2017 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
    Admission Fees: none

    Chanukah Story Time with Billie Harris

    November 30, 5:30 PM

    Join the TBE Young Families Project for Chanukah Story Time at Bookshop Santa Cruz! On Thursday, November 30th, at 5:30 PM, Billie Harris, our beloved story teller, will share some Chanukah books and stories with our young families. This is always a special way to explore the holiday and celebrate with friends. Bookshop Santa Cruz brings in beautiful Chanukah books for your family to purchase and enjoy. This is a free event. Please come and invite your friends to learn about our community and traditions in a fun and casual space.

     

     

     

     


    Location: 1530 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
    Phone: (831) 423-0900 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
    Mission Cooking Demonstration
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    State Park Mission
    Presentation of Ohlone and Spanish cuisine including hot rock cooking, tortilla frying on a Comal and baking in our Horno
    Date: 11/25/2017 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
    Admission Fees: Free
    Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza

    Mission Cooking Demonstration

    Saturday November 25 at 1pm

    Come to Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park and experience different cooking styles used by the people who lived and worked here over 200 years ago. There will be a presentation of Ohlone and Spanish cuisine including hot rock cooking, tortilla frying on a Comal and baking in our Horno. You can even sample the creations and make your own tortilla. This free event is at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, located on School Street in Santa Cruz. Rain cancels. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

     


    Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
    Phone: (831) 425-5849 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
    Meet the Grinch
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    Bookshop Santa Cruz
    Take a photo with The Grinch himself
    Date: 11/25/2017 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
    Admission Fees: none

    (0 Nov 2017) Grinch.jpgJoin us 2:00 - 4:00 to take a photo with Dr. Seuss's, The Grinch himself, and enjoy special activities for children.

    Grow your heart and donate to Bookshop's Holiday Book Drive and then share about it on social media. For every person who shares a good deed on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with #GrowYourHeart, Random House Children's Books and Dr. Seuss Enterprises will collectively donate $1 (up to $20,000) to Feeding America.

     

    Good deed posts must be shared from November 1 to December 25, 2017 in order to be eligible. One entry per person, per platform per day.


    Location: 1530 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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    Gingerbread House Workshops
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    Marini's
    Hurry, spots sell out fast! Tell Marini's you found out about this workshop on SantaCruzParent.com!
    Date: Every day (Nov 25-Dec 23) at 2:00pm


    Gingerbread House Workshops

    For kids of all ages! Beautiful gingerbread houses that you design and create.

     

    Classes fill quickly so call to reserve your spot.866-627-4647

     

    Tell Marini's you found out about this workshop on SantaCruzParent.com!


    Location: 1308 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
    Phone: 831.423.3299 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
    Surfin' Santa
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    Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce and Capitola Village
    Surfin' Santa Arrives on the Shores of Capitola Beach
    Date: 11/25/2017 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
    Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free

    (0 Nov 2016) surfin-santa-capitola.jpgHo...Ho...Ho! By Outrigger canoe and surfboard, Surfin' Santa and the Reindeer will be making their way to the shores of Capitola for their annual visit.

     

    Join us on the beach to welcome Santa's wave riding arrival at 12pm. Santa will settle in his beach chair for a nice, long visit with all the kids. Be sure to bring your camera to capture a memorable day in Capitola...could very well make the perfect Christmas card photo!

     

    Stay for the tree lighting at the Village Mercantile at 5pm!! See you there!


    Phone: (831) 475-6522 •website Capitola Villagecreate a direct event link
    Tree Lighting & Santa in Felton
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    Felton Business Association
    Cookies, hot chocolate,hot cider, carols, Santa Claus and tree lighting!
    Date: 11/25/2017 at 6:00pm
    Ages: All
    Special Instructions: Felton's Heritage Tree is located at the deck in the middle of Felton.

    (0 Nov 2017) FeltonBiz_Santa.jpgFelton Tree Lighting is A good community event to start the Holiday Season.

     

    There will be Cookies, hot chocolate and hot cider. We will be singing carols and when Santa Claus arrives we will see the 100' Heritage Tree light up to warm our hearts and the San Lorenzo Valley.

     

    Felton's Heritage Tree, located at the deck in the middle of Felton is illuminated by an army of Volunteers including professional tree climbers & electricians.


    Then it is over the the Fire House for Free Pictures with Santa.

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    Felton Toy Train Days
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    Felton Presbyterian Church
    Date: Every Su and Sa (Nov 25-Dec 31)

    Special Instructions: Saturdays 10AM - 6PM & Sundays 12PM - 5PM

    You are invited! Felton Toy Train Days

     

    Amazing toy trains rolling along 3 giant, beautifully decorated train layouts. Refreshments, photo booth, holiday music, train tables and more for children of all ages! Admission and Parking FREE! FREE community event! Enjoy an amazing toy train display, refreshments, photo booth and FUN!!!


    Location: 6900 Highway 9, Felton Map
    Phone: (831) 335-6900 •website Felton create a direct event link
    Mountain Makers Market
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    SCM Makers Market
    Come out and join us as fellow makers of the mountains and as customers who support the hidden artistry in our community! Suppor
    Date: 11/25/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm


    We are super excited for the first SCM Makers Market of the year coming up on Sunday, May 7! There will be an amazing variety of local artists and crafters, a delicious gourmet food vendor and an awesome lineup of music for the day! Check out all of the details at www.scmmakersmarket.com!

     

    The Santa Cruz Mountains Makers Market is dedicated to supporting the community by giving local artists, crafters, culinary creators, and musicians a venue to showcase and sell their goods in the mountains while also financially benefiting a local non-profit, Mountain Community Resources (MCR).


    SCM Makers Market
    May 7 - Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Hwy 9, Felton
    July 9 - Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Hwy 9, Felton
    November 25 - Felton Community Hall, 6191 Hwy 9, Felton


    Location: Mountain Community Resources, 6134 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: 11/25/2017 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
    Ages: All

    Snakes Alive!

    Saturday, November 25 from noon to 3pm

    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 Sempervirens Room/Park Headquarters and meet Docent Diane Shaw and learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

     


    Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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    The Santa Cruz Mountains Makers Market
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    Mountain Community Resources
    Meet the Makers: Artists, Musicians and Cooks
    Date: 11/25/2017


    The Santa Cruz Mountains Makers Market is dedicated to supporting the community by giving local artists, crafters, culinary creators, and musicians a venue to showcase and sell their goods in the mountains while also financially benefiting a local non-profit, Mountain Community Resources (MCR).

     

    The Market debuted at the Mountain Community Resource's parking lot at 6134 Highway 9, Felton, CA  Following the success of the first Market, three more Markets were held in 2014 including the SCM Makers Holiday Market held at the Felton Community Hall. The SCM Makers Market is stoked to give local artists, crafters, and musicians this great place in the mountains to sell their handmade goods.

     

    We offer a variety of booth sizes to accommodate any size maker's business. There are 10×10 booths, 6 ft. table booths, and 4 ft. table booths available. As part of the application fee we ask makers to donate one of their items to MCR for their silent auction event in October, The Mountain Affair. This event is MCR's biggest and most profitable fundraiser of the year.

     

    Your donation goes 100% to benefit this amazing non-profit group. For more information about MCR click here. 

     


    Location: Felton Community Hall, 6191 Highway 9, Felton Map
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    Garden Plant Exchange
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    Live Oak Grange
    Bring anything from your garden to trade with like minded gardeners
    Date: The 4th Sa of every month from 8:00am to 9:00am
    Ages: All
    Special Instructions: Fundraiser for grange

    The Grange Garden Exchange

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

     


    Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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    Art & Play in Pre & K!
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    Mount Madonna School
    Preschool and Kindergarten Fun Activities
    Date: 11/29/2017 from 9:30am to 11:00am
    Ages: Toddlers, preschool & kinders Admission Fees: Free

    Parents of toddler, preschool and kindergarten age children are invited to come for a morning of activities
    and fun experiences with your child(ren) at the Mount Madonna School Preschool and Kindergarten.


    Location: Mount Madonna School, 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna Map
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    An Irish Christmas
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    Golden State Fox Theatre
    Don't miss a fabulous An Irish Christmas performance with world champion Irish dancers at the Golden State Theatre in Downtown M
    Date: 11/29/2017 at 8:00pm
    Admission Fees: $27 - $53

    (0 Nov 2017) IrishChristmasLine.jpgAn Irish Christmas

     

    World Champion Dancers, Scott Doherty and Tyler Schwartz, star in An Irish Christmas!

     

    Take a journey through Christmas in Ireland with superb dancing, singing and Irish traditional music celebrating the international spirit of the holiday season.

     

    An Irish Christmas features an award-winning cast of Irish dancers led by World Champion Dancers Scott Doherty (Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, Rockin' Road to Dublin) Tyler Schwartz (Magic of the Dance, Gaelforce Dance, Celtic Fyre), Connor Reider and Emily MacConnell in a memorable night that sparkles with the charm and magic that only this festive time of year can bring.

     

    Celebrate the great tradition of butter making, chase the wren on St. Stephen's Day, draw down the half door for spectacular dance, enjoy superb music-making and singing of Christmas carols in an unforgettable Irish night! Songs spinning out of the mists and into the familiar Silent Night, Little Drummer Boy and Carol of the Bells, and superb music of the pipes, flutes, fiddles, and bodhráns are just the beginning of this great Irish night! Not to be Missed! Ireland at its best!

     

    Check them out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGQp0-db-V0

    Wednesday, November 29, 2017 2017 - 8:00 p.m.

    TICKETS: Tickets are now available at www.goldenstatetheatre.com, or by calling 831-649--1070 or on the day of the show. Tickets range from $27.00 - $53.00.

    Group ticket discounts are available for 10 or more.

     


    Location: 417 Alvarado St, Monterey Map
    Phone: (831) 649-1070 x 21 •website Monterey create a direct event link
    Irish Christmas In America
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    Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
    Enjoy the ever popular group Irish Christmas In America
    Date: 11/30/2017 at 7:30pm
    Admission Fees: Advance $26 Door Price $30

    The Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay proudly present the ever popular group Irish Christmas In America.

     

    Irish Christmas In America


    A fascinating performance of music, song, dance and stories of seasonal Irish traditions.

    Advance $26 Door Price $30
    Members receive $2 discount on the above prices
    Reservations: call 831-464-9778 or online: http://www.celticsociety.org/

     

     


    Location: Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz Map
    Phone: 831-464-9778 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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