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Money Matters Financial Literacy Series
Sunnyside Up How to Crack Your Retirement Nest Egg
The 3rd Sa of every month (Sep 16-May 19) from 10:00am to 11:00am
Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map

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


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

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


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


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

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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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Norrie's Gift Shop Open House
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A collection of holiday gifts, plants, and handmade treasures you won't find anywhere else!
Date: Every day (Dec 2-Dec 31) from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Special Instructions: OPEN HOUSE DECEMBER 2

(0 Nov 2017) Norries2017.jpgNestled upon a hill in the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum lies Norrie's Gift and Garden Shop. Only here can you find a stunning array of handmade wreaths, ornaments, centerpieces, succulent pumpkin planters, dish gardens, candles, and more, that draw upon the Arboretum's rare and extraordinary collection of natural materials.


This shop also curates a collection of books, jewelry, toys, scarves, logo apparel and accessories that have drawn accolades from local press to Sunset Magazine..


Join in the festivities: tastings and displays by local vendors and artists. Sample cider, hot chocolate and homemade cookies along with abundant holiday cheer.


Members enjoy a 10% DISCOUNT. Memberships and Gift Certificates can be purchased as well.


Norrie's Gift and Garden Shop is run entirely by volunteers. The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum is a 50-year-old treasure and beloved destination for the central coast and local community. All profits support the Arboretum's conservation, education, research and horticulture programs.


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Holiday Book Drive
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Bookshop Santa Cruz
Give the gift of reading!
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 31)

Special Instructions: June 1st through September 5th

Holiday Book Drive, Bookshop Santa Cruz, November 24th to December 25th.

The Santa Cruz Education Foundation is once again partnering with Book shop Santa Cruz to gather donations of book s for use in school libraries and classrooms throughout Santa Cruz City Schools. Donate books or buy a gift card to fulfill the wish lists of book s in highest demand carefully compiled by your school librarians. All book s purchased for the Holiday Book Drive will be offered at 20% off from November 24th through December 25th. Co-sponsored by The Santa Cruz Education Foundation, Good Times and the Santa Cruz Warriors.


Special Bonus! Donate from December 4th- December 10th to be entered into a raffle to win a Warriors fan pack including four tickets to an upcoming game!

For more information or to donate now, visit:


Location: Pacific Av, Santa Cruz Map
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Lecture: The Natural History of Moby Dick
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Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
We'll explore how Herman Melville tips his hand as a proto-environmentalist
Date: 12/07/2017 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 Nov 2017) MobyDick.jpgJoin us Thursday, December 7th, from 6-7:30 p.m. for this multimedia lecture on Moby Dick with Dr. Richard King, research associate at Williams Mystic.

The story and characters of Moby-Dick are as ingrained in American popular culture as those from Harry Potter and Star Wars. Yet how in this twenty-first century should we read a novel that seems at first glance to simply celebrate the brutal killing of whales?

In this multimedia talk, looking in particular at the giant squid, zooplankton, and his hours up aloft in the masthead searching for whales, we'll explore how Herman Melville tips his hand as a proto-environmentalist and one who carefully represents both the ideas of the naturalists of his day and his observations from his own lengthy experience at sea himself.

What Melville could never have imagined in 1850s, however, is a global ocean that might be vulnerable to human impact, let alone one that might require our stewardship. No recent familiarity with the novel is necessary or expected to attend and enjoy this presentation! There will be time for discussion.

Location: 165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove Map
Phone: 831-648-5716 •website Pacific Grovecreate a direct event link
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, or at

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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    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 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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    Molly's Revenge
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    Don Quixotes International Music Hall
    A dynamic, acoustic Celtic band known for its unique and infectious on-stage enthusiasm
    Date: 12/07/2017 at 7:30pm
    Admission Fees: $18 adv./$22 door seated <21 w/parent

    "A seriously joyous, masterly musical experience." -- Tom Clancy, Irish Music Magazine

    Join Molly's Revenge and special guest vocalist Christa Burch with the Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers for an evening of music, song, and dance associated with the festive season. The performance will include Christmas songs both old and new from many lands, all played with a Celtic twist. You'll have an opportunity to join in and sing some of your favorite carols, and our dancing guests will surely set your toes tapping. Born of the timeless tradition of the all-night music session, Molly's Revenge is a dynamic, acoustic Celtic band known for its unique and infectious on-stage enthusiasm.

    The classic combination of bagpipes, whistle, fiddle, and song -- set against a backdrop of guitar, bouzouki, and mandola accompaniment -- guarantee an enjoyable experience for all fans of Scottish and Irish music. The new Winter Dance CD featuring music from the show will be available at the concerts . Singer and bodhrán player Christa Burch possesses a singular voice: warm, supple, expressive, intimate -- and instantly recognizable.



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    Location: 6275 Hwy 9, Felton Map
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    Holiday Train Rides
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    Beach Boardwalk
    Celebrate the Holiday Season with a ride on one of three festive trains!
    Date: Every day (Nov 24-Dec 23)

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    Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train

    November 24 through December 23

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

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

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





    Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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    Middle School Info Night at Gateway School
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    Gateway School
    Prospective families are invited to learn about our exceptional middle school.
    Date: 12/07/2017 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Admission Fees: Free

    Prospective families are invited to learn about how our exceptional middle school prepares adolescents to succeed in high school and beyond.. Don't miss this once-a-year event! Come hear from the talented middle school team of teachers, meet our students, and hear from alumni.

    Gateway School is an independent K-8 academically challenging Progressive school. Gateway School prepares middle school students for future success by offering challenging academics, teaching critical thinking and encouraging responsibility in local and global communities. Students develop self-confidence and collaborative skills, explore their creativity, and improve their communication. Our graduates have a strong sense of social justice and environmental sustainability, and are well prepared to succeed in the most competitive high schools and colleges.

    Location: Gateway School, 126 Eucalyptus Ave., Santa Cruz Map
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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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    Birth of A New Brain
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    The Valley Women's Club
    Overview on bipolar, peripartum onset (postpartum bipolar), bipolar disorder, and perinatal mood & anxiety disorders and how to
    Date: 12/07/2017 from 7:00pm to 8:15pm

    (0 Nov 2017) BirthofANewBrain.jpgBen Lomond author Dyane Harwood will give an overview on bipolar, peripartum onset (postpartum bipolar), bipolar disorder, and perinatal mood & anxiety disorders and how to live well with a mood disorder. This is a celebration of the recent publication of her Post Hill Press memoir "Birth of a New Brain - Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder."


    There will be a brief Q&A session following the talk. This free event is co-sponsored by The Valley Women's Club and NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Santa Cruz County. Books, refreshments, and beverages will be for sale and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Friends and NAMI. For more information please email & visit

    Location: Park Hall Community Center, 9400 Mill Street, Ben Lomond Map
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    First Night Monterey
    Dance, play, act, perform, create and sing our way into 2018!
    Date: Every day (Dec 17-Jan 1) from 3:00pm to 12:01am
    Admission Fees: $0 - $20

    Welcome to our FNM 2018 website, celebrating 25 years! Planning is being finalized and we will keep you updated with changes as they occur. Watch for a complete listing of performers, coming later this month (you can see a sneak peek here). 80% of the performances are indoors and an FNM Button is your ticket to those performances. 


    Kids' Night Out! The First Act for the Young and Young-at-Heart

    The most creative New Year's Eve you will have with your family!

    Kids' Night Out! The First Act for the Young and Young-at-Heart

    First Night is Monterey's most exciting, imaginative and uplifting cultural event. FNM is an affordable, alcohol-free family celebration of the arts on New Year's Eve from the 3 pm Opening Ceremony to the Countdown to Midnight; our theme for FNM 2018 celebrates "25 Years of Magic". The many performances range from Classical to Hip-Hop, Jazz to Reggae, dance and artwork.

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    The most creative New Year's Eve you will have with your family!

    Kids' Night Out (5 and under free) features music & art activities for the younger set, culminating with the Costume Contest & Twilight Procession at 5:30 pm.


    At 3:00 p.m. kick-off at Colton Lawn on Pacific Street, culminating with the Twilight Parade at 5:30 p.m on Alvarado Street serving as the kids' Finale. Music, song, drumming, dance, ballet, face art, art creating, hat making and more! Check out the Colton Lawn on Pacific Street, the Monterey Art Museum and the Work Building on Alvarado Street for activities to complete artful time.


    Make sure to have your FNM button - admission to all the fun for the over-5 set! Please refer to the afternoon and evening grids to plan your New Year's Eve and participate in all the fun! Thanks to First Five Monterey County for their support of the free kids' activities.

    Location: Historic Downtown, Alvarez St, Monterey 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+)

    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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    Elephant Seal Walks
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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

    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 Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

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

    Citizen Science: Environteers

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


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


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


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


    For more information contact • 831-427-7717


    Location: 224 Church Street, 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


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

    Fridays-Sundays: 12pm-9pm

    Mondays-Thursdays: 4pm-9pm

    December 25, 2017 - January 1, 2018


    Ice Skating

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

    Each 1-hour session includes ice skate rental.


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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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    Gingerbread House Workshops
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    Hurry, spots sell out fast! Tell Marini's you found out about this workshop on!
    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!

    Location: 1308 Pacific Avenue, 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 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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    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


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    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 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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    Curious Contraptions
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    A temporary exhibition of the charming, often hilarious mechanical sculptures known as automata
    Date: Every day (Nov 16-Jan 28) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
    Ages: All
    Special Instructions: Pier 15, which is on the Embarcadero at Green Street

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


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


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



    Location: Pier 15, San Francisco Map
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    Coastal Art & Poetry Exhibition
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    Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
    A Special Family Friendly Science Sunday
    Date: Every Su, Tues, Th, Fri and Sa (Dec 1-Jan 31) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
    Ages: all ages Admission Fees: $6-$8


    December 2017 - January 2018

     December 2017 - January 2018

    The Seymour Center is happy to display winning entries from the 2017 Coastal Commission's Coastal Art & Poetry Contest.


    This beautiful art and poetry features a California coastal or California marine theme, all done by K-12 students from across the state.


    Show these students your support for their creations!


    Holiday Closures
    Sunday, December 24
    Monday, December 25
    Sunday, December 31
    Monday, January 1, 2018

    Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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    December at The Farm
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    The Farm
    Carols, cookies, hot apple cider and moonlit hayrides. 6-9pm. Weather permitting!
    Date: Every day (Nov 21-Dec 23)

    Special Instructions: Spreckles Boulevard West at Highway 68

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

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

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

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

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

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



    Location: Boulevard West, Spreckels Map
    Phone: (831) 455-2575 •websitecreate 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 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
    Holidays Downtown
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    Magical holiday times downtown!
    Date: Every day (Nov 24-Dec 24)

    Downtown for the Holidays

    Holiday Traditions and Magical Moments happen in Downtown Santa Cruz 

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

    Black Friday Weekend

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

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

    Small Business Saturday - Nov 25th

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

    Downtown Holiday Parade - Saturday, Dec 2nd

    Starting at 10 am on Pacific Avenue,

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

    The Holiday Parade is Rain or Shine!

    Santa Cruise - Saturday, Dec 9th

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

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

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

    Saturday, Dec 16 - Free Family Movie

    10 am at the Del Mar Theatre

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

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

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

    Victorian Carriage Rides

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

    Limited Rides - Dates TBD

    Visits with Santa at Marini's Candies

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

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

    Marini's Candies

    Santa's Reindeer Round-up


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

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

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

    Parking for Hope

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




    Location: Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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    Hark, the Family Carolers Sing!
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    SC Performing Arts
    Enjoy the tradition of holiday caroling with families.
    Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 11)
    Ages: All ages welcome Admission Fees: Free
    Special Instructions: See details for dates/times/locations

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    Once upon a time, we sang one recital down on Pacific Garden Mall - we still do - but now also perform at the following FOUR LOCATIONS:

    FRI / DEC. 1 - Frosty Fest: The Louden Nelson Center - 5pm
    SUN/DEC. 3 - Senior Dinner: The SC Civic Center - Noon
    SAT/ DEC. 9 - Downtown: Pacific Garden Mall - 3pm
    MON/DEC 11 - Museum of Art & History - 6pm

    If you know someone who might enjoy this performance, you can invite them here on our FaceBook page! The more the merrier!

    Enjoy the tradition of holiday caroling by coming to hear our annual multi-generational choir! Kids and their families will be performing an array of traditional as well as secular holiday carols, including, "Seasons of Love", "Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog", "Hanukkah in Santa Monica", and "Silent Night" in German!

    For more information about SC Performing Arts upcoming spring classes in comedy or for tots, feel free to visit our website: or contact Artistic Director, Ben Jammin (831) 334-2121.

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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
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