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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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Christmas Goose Boutique
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Christmas Goose Boutique
Celebrating 36 years of holiday decorations and gifts
Date: Every day (Nov 9-Nov 12)


The Christmas Goose Boutique was started 36 years ago this holiday season at a home in Saratoga. As, the show grew it was moved to the Saratoga Foothill Club where it stayed for the next sixteen years. The show soon became a community event for the Saratoga and Los Gatos area.


We do a "blended setup" instead of booths so we may show the merchandise in themes or styles, which our customers seem to enjoy. Come and taste our homemade foods and hug the handmade dolls, touch the quilts, smile at the decorations, antiques and other collectibles.

 

Held at the Historic History Club of Los Gatos. Parking permitted in residential area. Side parking lot has disabled parking, customer drop off and merchandise pick up.

 

Invitation Night Wednesday November 8, 5 PM - 8 PM


Open To The Public
Thursday November 9    10 AM - 7 PM
Friday November 10         10  AM - 7 PM
Saturday November 11   10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday November 12     10 AM - 3 PM


Location: History Club of Los Gatos, 123 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos Map
Phone: (408) 629-4812 •website Los Gatos 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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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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2017 Open Houses Castro Adobe
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State Park Castro Adobe
Join us for this easy guided walk to hear the stories of the Pájaro Valley’s past.
Date: Every day (Mar 18-Dec 30) from 11:00am to 3:00pm

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

2017 Open House days at Castro Adobe

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

 

The open houses will be 11am to 3pm

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

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

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

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


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-335-6318 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
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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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
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
Phone: 426-0505 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
The Smithsonian Is Coming!
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San Lorenzo Valley Museum
Hometown Teams explores the deep roots of sports in American culture, and shows how we engage in and watch sports to have fun, b
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Oct 14-Nov 26)


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

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

 

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


Opening Reception Oct 14, 2-4pm

 

 


Location: 12547 Hwy 9, Boulder Creek Map
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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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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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Art Classes
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Santa Cruz Art League
The Santa Cruz Art League has a wide variety of classes: drop-in, weekend, series...
Date: Every day (Aug 1-Dec 15)


2017 Art Classes

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

2017 Art Classes

 

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


Location: Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-5787 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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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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
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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

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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.

 


Location: 400 Beach St, 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
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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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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Measure S Talks
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Libraries
Measure S projects are heating up!
Date: Every day


Measure S Building Projects

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Catch up on all Measure S projects in one place: https://www.santacruzpl.org/measure_s/

 

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

 

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

 


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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
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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
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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
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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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
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
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
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
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State Park Big Basin
Discover the diversity of birds in Año 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
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
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
"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
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
Phone: 831-427-3151 •website Boulder Creek create 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
Phone: 831.426-0505 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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
Phone: 831-768-3575 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Calendar Contest
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Elkhorn Slough
Elkhorn Slough Calendar Photography Contest
Date: Every day (Apr 22-Nov 18)
Admission Fees: (Fee event: ESF Non-member $40/Member $35)

Elkhorn Slough Calendar Photography Contest

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Location: Porter Ranch, 1700 Elkhorn Rd, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 728-2822 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
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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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
Phone: (831) 421-0139 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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
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
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
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
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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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
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
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
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