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Legos at Garfield Park
Rubber band cars, catapults, bridges and more!
Every Th (Oct 4-May 30) from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Location: 705 Woodrow Ave, Santa Cruz Map

(0 A October 2018) Library_Garfield_Legos.jpgLEGO @ Garfield Park from 3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Rubber band cars, catapults, bridges and more! Come to the Garfield Park Library every Thursday and have fun with Lego's.

 

During each month, we will introduce Botley Robots and Makey Makey circuit creator. Directed LEGO construction for kids 7 and older. Each week we will construct models based on a common theme.

 

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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
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    Brainfuse - Homework Help
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    Libraries
    Brainfuse: Free online homework help for students of all ages.
    Date: Every day


    (AAA July 2015) Brainfuse_HomeworkHelpNow180.jpgFree Academic Help at All Levels.

     

    Brainfuse offers live online tutoring in elementary, middle school, high school, college, and adult education.

     

    Live Tutoring: Students draw or type their question in our online classroom and receive live homework assistance from a Brainfuse-certified tutor. Our tutors don't simply give answers but help students master underlying academic concepts.

     

    SkillSurfer: SkillSurfer includes an extensive library of Brainfuse-created lessons, video tutorials, and practice tests in a wide range of academic subjects, and further integrates them with live tutoring.


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    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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    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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    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
    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. 

     

     


    Location: Boulevard West, Spreckels 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
    Phone: (831) 335-4484 •website Felton create a direct event link
    Leo's Haven Benefit
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    Santa Cruz Playground Project
    Benefit Concert for LEO's Haven, a Tribute to Johnny Cash Come Walk the Line to support LEO's Haven, the first inclusive playgro
    Date: 12/01/2017 at 5:30pm


    Benefit Concert for LEO's Haven, a Tribute to Johnny Cash Come Walk the Line to support LEO's Haven, the first inclusive playground in Santa Cruz County for children of all abilities.

    5:30 Doors Open
    6:00 Santa Cruz's own Rye Dawn starts the party
    7:00 The show is ON

    Award winning wines generously provided by Alberti Vinyard.

    The amazing James Garner's Tribute to Johnny Cash will provide an evening of toe tapping entertainment in support of LEO's Haven.

    For the past 10 years, Garner and his band have faithfully recreated Cash's biggest hits with stunning accuracy in this not-to-be-missed musical event. From special concert airings on PBS stations to shows at Folsom and San Quentin Prisons, its easy to see why this is the premier tribute to the Man in Black. The show is a trip down memory lane honoring Johnny Cash's life and music, and the boom-chicka-boom sound of his longtime backing band, the Tennessee Three.

    Opening will be Santa Cruz's own Rye Dawn, featuring the haunting voices of Patrick Maguire and Lauren Wahl with "LEO's haven at Chanticleer Park's" Mariah Roberts on fiddle.
     
    Come celebrate and enjoy for an amazing cause!

    Huge thanks to all our project sponsors, the participating artists and businesses. We are humbled by the goodness of this community.


    Location: Chanticleer Park, 1500 Green Hills Rd, Ste 101, Scotts Valley Map
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    Senderos Winter Dance
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    Senderos
    Come for dinner and a show!
    Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 2) at 5:30pm


    (0 Nov 2017) Senderos.jpgThe Senderos winter performance features Centeotl Danza y Baile and Ensamble Musical showcasing dances and music on the first weekend each December.

     

    Come experience beautiful dances from different regions in Mexico and also enjoy delicious Mexican food!

     

    The 2017 December in Mexico show will be Friday December 1 and Saturday December 2 at the Harbor High Little Theater.


    Location: Harbor High, 300 La Fonda Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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    Free First Friday
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    Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
    Enjoy our intertidal touch pool, large-screen microscope, and geology exhibit and "dig pit".
    Date: Every day from 11:00am to 4:00pm
    Ages: All ages Admission Fees: FREE

    FREE First Friday 11am-4pm. Enjoy the Museum for FREE with your family on the first Friday of every month. Enjoy our intertidal touch pool, large-screen microscope, and geology exhibit and "dig pit". Santa Cruz Natural History Museum. 1305 East Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz. 420-6115


    Location: East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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    State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
    Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
    Ages: All

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

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


    Location: 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
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    Farley's Christmas Wonderland
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    Farley's Christmas Wonderland
    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.

     


    Location: 108 Seaview Ave., Aptos Map
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    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
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    Loma Prieta Holiday Craft Faire
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    Loma Prieta Holiday Craft Faire
    Unique, thoughtful treasures handcrafted by California artisans for your friends and family, including ceramics, clothing, food,
    Date: Every day (Dec 2-Dec 3) from 10:00am to 4:00pm


    (0 Nov 2017) Christmas_LomaPrietaCraft2017.jpgLoma Prieta Holiday Craft Faire, Celebrating 25 years!

    There’s a little bit of everything here! Unique, thoughtful treasures handcrafted by California artisans for your friends and family, including ceramics, clothing, food, furniture, gems and minerals, glass, jewelry, handknits, leather, local honey and beeswax products, metal, paintings, photographs, soaps and lotions, sculptures, textiles, toys and woodwork.

     

    The Holiday Craft Faire happens on the first weekend in December.

    Saturday, December 2 from 10 am to 5 pm
    Sunday, December 3 from 10 am to 4 pm

     


    Location: Loma Prieta Gym, 23800 Summit Road, Los Gatos Map
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    Evening Art Program
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    State Park Henry Cowell
    Activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more
    Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


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

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


    Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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    Ranch History 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

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    Ranch History Tours

    Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

    Monday, September 3 at 1pm

    Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water-powered machine shop, barns and other historic buildings. 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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    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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    Watsonville Holiday Factory Sale
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    City of Watsonville
    Sale with a delightful array of products... save the date, it happens only once a year!
    Date: 12/02/2017 from 9:00am to 4:00pm


    Watsonville Holiday Factory Sale

    Each year Watsonville's business community holds a factory sale, which is held on Saturday, December 3rd from 9am to 4pm.  There are great deals on the many products grown, manufactured or produced right here in Watsonville!


    Click here for a list of Participating Vendors and Map

    This annual event features local businesses offering great Christmas gifts at deep discounts. Finish your holiday shopping early, save money and support local businesses.  Participating merchants will include:

    La Selva Designs - Gifts and Collectibles - 948 East Lake Avenue

     

    Head'n Home - Handmade Hats - 125 Aviation Way

     

    El Pajaro CDC Commercial Kitchen -Free Hot Chocolate. Featuring locally prepared food and Artisan products - 412 East Riverside Drive

     

    S. Martinelli & Company - Martinelli's Gold Medal Cider - 345 Harvest Drive

     

    Anniglass - Art for the Table - 310 Harvest Drive

     

    Smith & Vandiver - Bath, Body and Skincare - 480 Airport Blvd.

     

    Hidden Fortress Coffee - Coffee - 125 Hangar Way

     

    Roche Leather Company - Custom  Leather Handbags- 161 Harkins Slough Rd.

     

    Environmental Science Workshop - Unique gifts for the DIYer- 120 Second Street

     

    American Hatmakers / Head'n Home Hats - Handmade Hats - 125 Aviation Way

     

    Integrity Wines - Local handcrafted wines made to exceed your expectations -135 Aviation Way

     

    Creator Haven, LLC - jewelry, metal and glass artists- 41-B Hangar Way


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    Community Open House
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    Monterey Bay Aquarium
    Free admission for Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito County residents
    Date: Every day (Dec 2-Dec 10) from 10:00am to 5:00pm


     

    Schooling Pacific sardines in the Open Sea exhibit

    Community Open House

    Enjoy free admission during the Aquarium's annual Community Open House. Become an Aquarium member during this event and receive an extra two months of benefits.

     

    To show appreciation for our local community, we're offering a variety of special promotions throughout 2017 to residents of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties (valid identification required). Visitors must present a photo ID (student IDs also accepted) or proof of residence, such as a current utility bill, at the Main Entrance.

     

    All offers are valid on site only. Guests of local tri-county residents must pay regular admission prices.

     

    Free admission is good during regular aquarium hours,! from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

     

    Guests from outside Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito County - including relatives or friends of local residents - can accompany local residents, but will be charged regular admission fees.

     

    Community Open House is made possible in part by the support of our Business Partners.

     

    For general aquarium information including daily program schedules, visit www.montereybayaquarium.org or call (831) 648-4800. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is located at 886 Cannery Row in Monterey.


    Location: 886 Cannery Row, Monterey Map
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    Holiday Art & Craft Faire
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    Santa Cruz County Parks
    Do your holiday shopping, and support local artists and craftspeople!
    Date: 12/02/2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
    Ages: All ages Admission Fees: free
    Special Instructions: Free parking, too

    (0 Nov 2017) CountyCraftFair2017.jpgA wide variety of high-quality, handmade art and crafts will be showcased at the annual Holiday Art and Craft Faire!

     

    Shoppers will find one-of-a-kind items created by local Santa Cruz County artists and craftspeople, including jewelry, hats and bags, textiles (knitted items, clothing), ornaments, chocolates, soaps, art, nightlights, succulent mini gardens, craft kits for kids, cards, pillows, art glass, and much more!

     

    Come on by to find that perfect gift, stocking stuffers, or something for yourself! Free parking and admission.


    Location: Simpkins Family Swim Center, 979 17th Ave., SANTA CRUZ 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
    Art Classes
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    Santa Cruz Art League
    Holiday art shopping special
    Date: 12/02/2017 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm


    Mark your calendars! Saturday, December 2nd, 2-4pm
    Member Double Discount Day. Come and see what we have done with the place.....and join us for refreshments, holiday shopping and a special 20% discount for members! If you are not already a member, this is a great day to become one.
    A portion of all proceeds will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank


    Location: 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
    Phone: (831) 426-5787 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
    Winter Art Market
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    Tannery Arts Center
    Enjoy ornament making, holiday gift show, art demonstrations, stocking making, live music, caroling, and more. Free and open to
    Date: Every day (Dec 2-Dec 3)
    Ages: All ages

    (Photos General) Tannery_PaintingofBuilding.jpgHoliday gifts, caroling, ornament making, and seasonal art activities for all ages!


    The lighting of Griswoldia also kicks off the Tannery's Winter Art Market, a four-day shopping celebration of locally made arts, crafts, and goods.

    The Winter Art Market will feature over 50 artists who work in ceramics, glass, textiles, printmaking, illustration, painting, jewelry and sculpture, as well as food vendors and music.


    Art Market hours

    Thursday 4-7
    Friday 6-9
    Saturday & Sunday 12-5

     

    Winter Art Market

    Shop local this holiday season!  50+ artists exhibit and sell their work.

    • Hands-on activities for all ages
    • Card making
    • Ornament making
    • artist demonstrations
    • FREE!

    Location: 1050 River St, Santa Cruz Map
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    Holiday Parade
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    Downtown Santa Cruz
    Community celebration, rain or shine, quirky, fun parade!
    Date: 12/02/2017 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm

    Special Instructions: Spruce Street down to Pacific Avenue to Front Street

    (0 Nov 2017) DTAParade2017.jpgDowntown Association's Holiday Parade

    Starting 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!

     

    The annual holiday parade is rain or shine!

     

    For further information, please visit:  www.downtownsantacruz.com/wordpress/about/

     


    Location: 1346 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz 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
    Reading In the Redwoods
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    Library Felton
    Join our monthly book club!
    Date: Every Su and Sa from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


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

     

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

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

     

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


    Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
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    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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    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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    Lucia Festival of Lights
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    Scandinavian Cultural Center of Santa Cruz
    Celebrate the pageantry of the candlelit procession with Lucia, her attendants and star boys
    Date: 12/02/2017 from 4:00pm to 6:30pm
    Admission Fees: $5 adults, $3 ages 5-12, $15 families, under 5 no charge

    Dec 2, 2017 - Lucia Festival

    Lucia 2008

    • Refreshments and Butik
    • Children's Crafts
    • Bring Cookies to Kitchen before the Program

    The Jul season will be ushered in by our 2017 Lucia, followed by her attendants wearing silver tinsel crowns and star boys with tall pointed hats.  The well loved Swedish chorus, the Zaida Singers, will perform Scandinavian music in four-part harmony.  After the program, Jultomtem leads the way to cookies, coffee, and punch.  Everyone is invited to join in the dancing around the Christmas tree.  A craft table for children will be available.

     

    20131207_174301Our Butik will be open featuring unique Nordic gifts and items for the home and family.  Beautiful wooden, metal, and glass items, linens, candles, cards, books, jewelry, shirts, dolls, and Christmas decorations will be available for purchase.

     

    If your child or grandchild would like to participate in the program, please email Helene at helene@olsmats.com before Oct 25.  Rehearsals start in November.

     

    History of Lucia Day

    Before daybreak, Lucia, dressed in a white gown with red sash, wearing a crown of blazing candles in her hair, emerges our of the darkness carrying a tray of saffron buns and steaming coffee to awaken the family.  According to one legend, Lucia was born in Sicily and secretly distributed her large dowry by candlelight to the poor.

     

    Dec 13th on the Julian calendar was the winter solstice celebrated by the Norse; now this date is the traditional Lucia Day and is celebrated all over Scandinavia in homes, schools, hospitals, and city halls marking the darkest time of the year when all celebrate the beginning of the Jul season and the return of the sun - a festival of light!


    Location: Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz Map
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    Tales to Tails - Central
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    Library Central
    Date: Every Sa from 10:00am to 11:30am
    Admission Fees: Free

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


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

     

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


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


    Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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    Annual Children's Holiday Craft & Food Fair
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    Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz
    Art, crafts, baked goods by the children!
    Date: 12/02/2017 from 11:00am to 2:00pm
    Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

    Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz Annual Children's Holiday Craft & Food Fair

    Table registration is now open online!
    Location: Boys & Girls Club gym downtown (543 Center St.)

     

    (A Nov) boys-and-girls-club-craftfair-.jpgThe Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz invites all children (18 and under) who enjoy arts & crafts, baking, and/or cooking to rent a table at our annual craft & food fair. They can decorate their table as much as they like and sell their homemade goods to shoppers, family, and friends. This Craft Fair is truly unique in its support of children's creativity and entrepreneurship.We hold the craft fair in our gym immediately following the annual downtown Santa Cruz parade a couple blocks away where lots of people will be gathered. There will be live music from local performers (if you know of any groups who might like to perform, let us know). Customer admission is free.

     

    Table space is limited, so reserve yours early by registering and making payment for $15 per table (can be shared to save $, limit 2 per participant). How to Register: Registration is now available online.


    You can choose to pay online on that page, pay at the Club, or send a check.Feel free to pass this email along to friends who might be interested. We look forward to another fun event!


    Location: 543 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
    Phone: (831) 423-3138 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
    Lighted Boat Parade
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    Santa Cruz Harbor
    50+ beautifully-decorated power and sailboats parading through the Santa Cruz Harbor
    Date: 12/02/2017 from 5:30pm to 10:00pm
    Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

    (A Nov) LightedBoatParade-150x150.jpgSponsored by the Santa Cruz Yacht Club and including a canned food drive benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank, the Lighted Boat Parade features 50+ beautifully-decorated power and sailboats parading through the Santa Cruz Harbor.

     

    Charter boats available.

     

    This is a family event with hot drinks and snacks available at various locations through the south harbor.


    Location: 135 Fifth Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
    Phone: (831)425-0690 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
    Annual Los Gatos Children's Christmas & Holidays Parade
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    Los Gatos Recreation
    This is a great parade!
    Date: 12/02/2017 at 11:00am


    (0 Dec 2016) LosGatosHolidayParadeSanta.jpg Annual Los Gatos Children's Christmas & Holidays Parade

     

    Rain or shine.

     

    The Annual Los Gatos Children's Christmas/Holidays Parade is sponsored by the Los Gatos Lions Club & LGS Recreation, in cooperation with the Town of Los Gatos and Los Gatos High School.

     

    Huge parade!

     


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    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
    Old-Fashioned Christmas Tea
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    Pajaro Valley Historical Association
    Date: 12/03/2017 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm


    Old-Fashioned Christmas Tea

     

    Step back in time and enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas tea while taking in the history of the diverse cultures that shaped California. The house will be filled with sweet treats, beautiful clothing and objects of art, and there will be a wonderful slide show to enjoy.

     


    Location: 332 East Beach St, Watsonville Map
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    Adult Crafts
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    Library Felton
    Let's have some fun while also helping each other learn and grow as artists and crafters!
    Date: Every Su from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


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

     

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

     

     


    Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
    Phone: 831-427-3151 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
    Knitting @ the Library
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    Library Scotts Valley
    Learn to knit
    Date: Every Mon from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
    Ages: 8 & up Admission Fees: Free

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


    Location: 230-D Mount Hermon Road Kings Village Shopping Center, Scotts Valley Map
    Phone: 831-427-7712 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
    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
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    Felton Farmers Market
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    Felton Certified Farmers Market
    Produce and fruit, fish, bread, wine, and an array of prepared foods, a community table and entertainment by local artists
    Date: Every Tues from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
    Ages: All
    Special Instructions: Open May through November

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

     

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


    Location: Hwy 9, St. John's Church parking lot
    Phone: 425-3331 •website Felton create a direct event link
    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
    Streets of Bethlehem
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    First Baptist Church
    Experience the streets of Bethlehem's time when Jesus was born
    Date: Every day (Dec 6-Dec 9) from 6:00pm to 8:30pm
    Admission Fees: Free

    Our History

    Like the boy shepherd who serves as our logo, Streets of Bethlehem has been in the process of growing up. What began as only a dream in the mind of three individuals came to life in 1992. With the desire to share the gift of the true meaning of Christmas to the community, the idea for a live re-creation of that tiny village on that first Christmas night was born. Streets of Bethlehem was cared for and nourished by the loving hands of dedicated scriptwriters, skilled carpenters, gifted artists and set designers. But what makes Bethlehem special is the way it comes alive when hundreds of volunteers don period costumes and go back in time to "become" those village citizens once again.

     

    Streets of Bethlehem in Salinas. Over 200 cast members, numerous musical groups and live animals help recreate and bring this Christmas story to l! ife outside. Go to www.streetsofbethlehem.com for more information.

     

    Streets of Bethlehem in Salinas, California is the living enactment of Christmas. The public can walk along with the congregation actors and participate in a meaningful holiday experience.

     

    Streets of Bethlehem is certainly one of the best named California Nativity Scenes, and offers some of the greatest audience participation. In many similar events, guests simply drive-through and are entertained. But at Streets of Bethlehem, you ha! ve a chance to walk the street, see the animals, people and costumes up close and gain a personal sense of what it must have been like over 2000 years ago to experience the joy of birth on a special, holy night.

     

    The Salinas re-enactment includes livestock such as lambs, sheep and donkeys, an angel hovering above, and a manger scene with a real, live baby child, cradled in love. This outdoor Christmas community experience offers the public a chance to "rediscover the true reason for the Christmas season." Among the cast, kids and adults will meet or watch live actors such as shopkeepers, Mary & Joseph, and more. They may also be invited to pet the animals or walk with Mary & Joseph and the cast of 300. Lovely Christmas music played in the background inspires all who attend. Guests are asked to leave their pets at home. Domestic pets will scare the animals and disrupt the event.

     

    With large events (especially about 2000 years ago), parking is almost always a problem, but not at Bethlehem! Free shuttle parking is available at the Quadrangle/Valley Center parking lots (800, 900, 1000 blocks of South Main Street). Free courtesy busses will leave every few minutes.  The streets immediately near the event will be closed so this is the best option for parking.


    Location: 1130 San Vincente Ave, Salinas Map
    Phone: (831) 422-9872 •website Salinas 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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    "Live" Village of Bethlehem
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    Santa Clara First Baptist Church
    "Experience the Birth"
    Date: Every day (Dec 7-Dec 11) from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
    Admission Fees: Free

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    December 7 - 11, 2017

    Thursday - Monday

    Open from 6:30PM - 9:00PM

    Five 30 minute Performances Nightly

    Free Admission & Hot Drinks

     

    Come join us on a journey to the Biblical city of Bethlehem. Be a part of history and witness the events that led up to the birth of Jesus Christ. See Joseph and Mary search the city for a place to stay, see the lowly shepherds get visited by an angel and then proclaim the good news, see the noble entry of the wise men and their entourage looking for the new born king. Enjoy the music, drama, lights, and exotic animals as you "Experience the Birth".


    Location: 3111 Benton Street, Santa Clara Map
    Phone: (408) 241-7635 •website Santa Clara Countycreate a direct event link
    Citizen Science
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    Library Central
    A presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, clim
    Date: The 1st Th of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
    Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

    Citizen Science

     

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

     

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


    Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
    Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
    Preschool Story Time
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    Library Central
    Date: Every Th from 10:00am to 11:00am
    Ages: 3-6 Admission Fees: free

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

     


    Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
    Phone: 831-420-5700 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
    Succulent Gardens Open House
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    Succulent Gardens
    Join us for a fun, festive, and FREE holiday open house.
    Date: 12/09/2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
    Admission Fees: free

    (0 Dec 2017) SucculentWreath.jpgJoin us for a fun, festive, and FREE holiday open house. Saturday, December 9th, 2017 from 10am-4pm at Succulent Gardens.

    - DIY make-and-take holiday succulent crafts!
    - Nursery tour at noon.
    - Hot cider & doughnuts.
    - Holiday centerpieces and decorations for purchase.


    Location: 2133 Elkhorn Rd, Castroville Map
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    Winter Faire
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    Santa Cruz Waldorf School
    Winter forest walk, Model Trains, Bonfire with chestnuts, Seasonal Crafts, Shopping, Food & Music
    Date: 12/09/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
    Admission Fees: None

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    Location: 2190 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz Map
    Phone: 8314250519 •website Santa Cruz create 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
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    Holiday Redwood Loop Walk: The Nutcracker
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    State Park Big Basin
    Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
    Date: 12/09/2017 at 1:00pm
    Ages: All
    Special Instructions: Also Friday, December 1 at 1pm

    Holiday Redwood Loop Walk: The Nutcracker

    Saturday December 9 at 1pm

    Enjoy a festive walk in the famous old-growth redwoods at Big Basin Redwoods State Park with Docent Karen DeMello. We'll listen to the Nutcracker Suite and imagine the forest performing the ballet along the easy, level, half-mile Redwood Loop Trail. This walk is dedicated to the memory of Big Basin Docent Scott Peden. Dress warmly. If it's raining, we'll listen inside our warm Sempervirens Room. Event is free; vehicle day use fee 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
    Second Saturday on the Farm
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    Ag History Project
    Join us for demonstrations using antique farm equipment, crafts, farm animals, wooden cow milking, water pumps, learning to driv
    Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
    Ages: All Admission Fees: $2/person Kids under 1 are free

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

     

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

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

    Location: 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
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    Jingle Bell Rock 5K
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    Toys for Tots
    5K Walk/Run and 1K for Kids to Benefit Toys for Tots
    Date: 12/10/2017
    Admission Fees: $25 with a toy donation/$35 without a toy donation
    Special Instructions: RACE DAY DEC 10

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    9:00 am for Kids 1K

    9:15 for 10K and 9:30 for 5K

    This year we are really happy that we can have a 10K course (two loops) and a 5K course due to the opening of the new bridge connecting the San Lorenzo Levee Trail at Soquel Avenue. You can view the course here.

    We especialy want to thank the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for stepping up and providing us a clean and safe place for this year's event - not to mention the killer views of the Boardwalk, the river and the ocean!

     

    toys4tots

    Come and join our annual year end holiday event! Its all about the toys and the fun. Put a smile on a child's face for a REALLY great cause. Bring a toy for Toys for Tots, go for a walk or run along the San Lorenzo River Levee.

    You can get some exercise before you go holiday shopping! This event makes a difference in our community! Please come out and give all the support you can.

    This is the 8th year for Jingle Bell Rock and each year as the participation grows we try to set a big goal for collecting toys. Last year was great - over 800 toys donated at our sponsor locations and at the race. This year let's try and hit 1000 toys. All the collected toys stay in our community.


    TOY DROP OFF LOCATIONS

    To participate in Jingle Bell Rock you can select to be timed or untimed. Awards for age group winners are large jingle bells on ribbons - suitable for wearing to claim bragging rights, or you can hang them on your tree!

     

    Award Categories

    Top 3 Junior Men and Women 15 - 19

    Top 3 Boys and Girls 11 -14

    Top 3 Boys and Girls 7 - 10

    Top Three Men and Women in the following age groups:

    20- 29, 30 - 39, 40 - 49, 50 - 59, 60 - 69, 70 - 79, 80+

    We'll have prizes for the best dressed runner who comes decked out in holiday running wear, the best dressed team, the ugliest holiday sweater, and the best decorated stroller runners!

    Get busy and get creative. See you at the Jingle Bell Rock.

     


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

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

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


    Location: Native Son's Hall, 239 High Street, Santa Cruz Map
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    CHANUKAH EXTRAVAGANZA
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    Temple Beth El
    First Night of Chanukah
    Date: Every day (Dec 12-Dec 15)
    Ages: all

    CHANUKAH EXTRAVAGANZA IS BACK!


    First Night of Chanukah Candle Lighting
    Sunday, December 12

    6:30 PM ~ First Night of Chanukah Candle Lighting
    Families please bring your menorah and candles
    Jelly doughnuts will be served and there will be Israeli Dancing

     

    Friday, December 15

    5:45 PM   Dinner
    We have a treat this year. Our Chanukah meal will include a wide range of wonderful food provided and prepared by Zeena, the Sisterhood and of course, the Brotherhood's famous latkes. Assorted beverages will be included as well. You're welcome to bring wine to enjoy with dinner. And as we always ask, please bring a dessert to share with 12 people or more. (Fruit and gluten free goodies are always welcome.) Reservations are required for dinner. Please remember to reserve early as we usually have to turn folks away due to our limited space. The RSVP Deadline is Tuesday, December 12. The cost: $18.00 per adult, $10.00 per child ages 6-13. Please use the attached registration form.

    7:00 PM   Rock of Ages
    Our inspiring service with the Rock Shabbat Band and the Junior Rock Shabbat Band will include traditional and brand new Chanukah music. There will also be childcare in the library. If you wish to, please bring your Menorahs! No reservations are required for those attending only the service.

    For questions contact Richie Solomon at (831) 336-1642 or solomonzoo@comcast.net.


    Location: Temple Beth El Jewish Community , 3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos Map
    Phone: (831) 336-1462 •website Aptos create a direct event link
    Chanukkuh Train
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    Beach Boardwalk
    Create a new holiday tradition with family and friends as we experience the lights, stories and traditions of Chanukah in a whol
    Date: 12/14/2017


    Santa Cruz Chanukah Train

    December 14 - One Night Only!

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

    Share the light of this special season with a ride on the Chanukah Train.

    Light the menorah, listen to stories, play dreidel and enjoy kosher refreshments. Happy Chanukah!

     

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    Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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    Gulliver Unlimited
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    Alternative Family Education
    AFE middle school production of Gulliver Unlimited-a steampunk coming of age story set during the industrial revolution
    Date: Every day (Dec 14-Dec 17)
    Admission Fees: Discounted Advance tickets ($6 Youth, $8 Adults), $10 at the door
    Special Instructions: See varying dates, times

    (0 Dec 2017) Gulliver.jpgAFE THEATRE presents the AFE middle school production of Gulliver Unlimited-a steampunk coming of age story set during the industrial revolution. There are two casts, each with three shows.

    Discounted Advance tickets ($6 Youth, $8 Adults) are available on the AFE campus in the Resource Center until Thursday at 3 pm for Cast A, and Friday at 3 pm for Cast B. All tickets are $10 at the door.

    Show Times:
    Thursday, December 14 at 7 pm (Cast A)

    Friday, December 15 at 7 pm (Cast B)

    Saturday, December 16 at 2 pm (Cast A) LIMITED TICKETS

    Saturday, December 16 at 4 pm (Cast A) BEST OPTION

    Sunday, December 17 at 11 am (Cast B) BEST OPTION

    Sunday, December 17 at 1 pm (Cast B) SOLD OUT


    Location: Broadway Playhouse, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
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    iskate
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    Chamber of Commerce Capitola-Soquel
    Ice skate by the sea!!
    Date: Every day (Dec 15-Jan 7)
    Admission Fees: $10 with ice skate rentals available for $5, or bring your own

    (0 Nov 2017) IceSkating.jpgiSKATE Capitola glides into California's oldest seaside resort town for three weeks of unique winter fun.

     

    Trade your flip-flops for ice skates and enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience at Santa Cruz County's first eco-friendly, synthetic ice rink, located in Esplanade Park, in front of the stage and overlooking Capitola Beach and the Monterey Bay.

     

     


    Location: Esplanade Park , Capitola Village Map
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    "The Nutcracker"
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    Santa Cruz Ballet Theater
    Everyone's Favorite Holiday Tradition!
    Date: Every day (Dec 15-Dec 17)
    Ages: 3 - 103 Admission Fees: $15-58 plus box office service charge
    Special Instructions: For Group Sales rates , call the Box Office.

    "The Nutcracker" - the original Santa Cruz production, with live orchestra!


    Click HERE to purchase tickets online

     

    A Santa Cruz tradition!  Our sixteenth production with full professional orchestra at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium.  Over seventy local dancers perform choreography by Robert Kelley with sumptuous costumes and scenery.  Guest starring SCBT alumna Melody Mennite, who will be partnered by fellow Houston Ballet principal dancer Ian Casady.  The Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre Orchestra is conducted by our Music Director Pamela Martin.  


    Friday December 15 at 8 pm
    Saturday, December 16 at 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm
    Sunday, December 17 at 1:00 and 4:30 pm

     


    Location: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium , 307 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
    Phone: (831) 420-5260 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
    Toy Trains 2017
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    MAH and Golden State Toy Train Operators
    Experience a mini-universe of model trains that delight the young and young at heart.
    Date: Every day (Dec 15-Dec 31)
    Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

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    Experience a mini-universe of model trains that delight the young and young at heart.

    Back for their 12th year, the Golden State Toy Train Operators, Inc. presents Toy Trains. Watch a massive standard gauge steam engine from the 1920s start up with the headlight flashing and drive wheels spinning. Marvel at smoke flowing from the smoke stack, and a mighty whistle. Members of the the Golden State Toy Train Operators will be on hand to help young engineers' master controls and to answer questions. You can even bring your own toy train and put it on the track!

    Also enter the raffle to win a toy train! Raffle drawing will be on Saturday December 30th at 12:00 noon.

    Holiday Hours: The Museum is closed on Christmas Day, and closes early at 3pm on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.

    December 15 - December 31


    Location: 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
    Phone: 831.429.1964 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
    Nutcracker Santa Cruz: Experience The Magic!
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    International Academy of Dance, Santa Cruz Dance Guild
    Kick off your family's holiday traditions with the magical Nutcracker Ballet, a spectacular performance sure to delight and insp
    Date: Every day (Dec 16-Dec 17)
    Ages: all Admission Fees: $30-$40
    Special Instructions: Performances 1:00pm and 4:30pm

    The Premier NUTCRACKER in Santa Cruz
    Cabrillo's Crocker Theater ~ 2017

     

    Join the festivities and kick off your family's holiday traditions with the magical Nutcracker Ballet, a spectacular performance sure to delight and inspire!

    This Thanksgiving weekend, International Academy of Dance and the Santa Cruz Dance Guild, present the full length Nutcracker Ballet at Cabrillo's Crocker Theater.

    Affordable tickets the whole family can enjoy!

     

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    Cabrillo's Crocker Theater
    Saturday, December 16th
    Sunday, December 17th
    Two shows per day at 1:00pm and 4:30pm


    Location: Cabrillo's Crocker Theater, Lower Perimeter Road, Aptos Map
    Phone: (831) 466-0458 •website Aptos create a direct event link
    Cleanup Beaches with Save Our Shores
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    Save Our Shores
    Join us for fun, free, easy way to give back to your community by keeping pollution from entering the Monterey Bay National Mari
    Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm
    Ages: All ages welcomed!

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

     

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

     

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

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

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

     

    For more information, contact cleanup@saveourshores.org.

     


    Phone: (831) 462-5660 •websitecreate a direct event link
    Money Matters Financial Literacy Series
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    Library Scotts Valley
    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
    Basic Bicycle Maintenance Class
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    The Spokesman
    Learn how to fix your flat tire!
    Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00am
    Ages: Free

    Spokesman Bicycles Free Maintenance Class

    3rd Saturday of every month, 10AM

    Spokesman Bicycles, Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz, CA

    http://www.spokesmanbicycles.com/events

     


    Location: Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz Map
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    Annual "Messiah" Sing-A-Long
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    Peace United Church of Christ
    A community sing-a-long, open to anyone who would like to raise their voice to sing Handel's legendary "Messiah."
    Date: 12/19/2017 at 7:00pm
    Admission Fees: $25 general admission

    Messiah Sing-A-Long

    Annual "Messiah" Sing-A-Long and Gala

    Cabrillo Chorus & Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra

     

    A community sing-a-long, open to anyone who would like to raise their voice to sing Handel's legendary "Messiah."

    Everyone will sing the Christmas portion of the "Messiah" with chamber orchestra and guest conductors. Bring your own score or borrow one at the door (limited amount available.)

     

    Gala reception to follow.


    Buy Tickets Now!

     


    Location: 900 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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    Trivia on Tap
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    Library Central & Scotts Valley
    Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize.
    Date: The 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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    Urban Farm Day
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    Live Oak Grange
    Play with baby goats, enjoy hyper-local food and drink, shop for plant starts for your garden and arts and crafts, enjoy worksho
    Date: The 4th Sa of every month from 8:00am to 9:00am
    Ages: All

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

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

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

    Play with baby goats! Goat milking demo!

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

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

    Gardeners will be on hand to answer your questions!

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


    Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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    Community Christmas Day Dinner
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    Veterans for Peace
    The Friends of Christmas are partnering with the Veterans for Peace to provide a full Christmas-style ham dinner (with vegan & v
    Date: 12/25/2017 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
    Admission Fees: Free to attend / Donations Appreciated

    (0 Dec 2017) HamDinner.jpgCommunity Christmas Day Dinner

    For 31 years, the Veterans in Santa Cruz have been providing delicious community dinners for the holidays.

    Once again this year, The Friends of Christmas are partnering with the Veterans for Peace to provide a full Christmas-style ham dinner (with vegan & vegetarian options) hosted by our friends and community partners at the MAH. All are welcome.

    Community members interested in donating to the holiday dinner can do so by sending your tax deductible check made out to Steve Pleich, Treasurer and addressed to:

    Steve Pleich, P.O. Box 7186, Santa Cruz, CA 95061

    Or donate online at: https://www.gofundme.com/fjrwc-christmas-at-the-mah

    Volunteers are needed for food prep, serving, table setting, decorations, cleanup, etc.

    Just as importantly, we are asking for donations of warm weather gear of any kind to help provide some winter protection and holiday cheer.

    For more information about clothing drop off, volunteer opportunities or general event information, please call Steve Pleich: (831) 466-6078 or email: christmasatthemah@gmail.com

    Thanks from the Friends of Christmas, the Veterans for Peace and the Museum of Art & History.

    We're saving a place at our holiday table just for you!


    Location: MAH, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
    Phone: (831) 466-6078 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
    New Year's Noon for the Children!
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    Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery
    Kid-Syle New Year!
    Date: 12/31/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
    Ages: 0-12 Admission Fees: Free for members, $10 for kid + adult

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    Location: Capitola Mall, 1855 41st Ave., Capitola Map
    Phone: (888) 424-8035 •website Capitola create a direct event link
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