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Heritage Harvest Festival
Celebrate! The harvest is in. See tractor, draft horse and living history demonstrations, listen to music, make crafts, and ...
10/21/2017 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Wilder Ranch , Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map

Heritage Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 21, 11 am to 4 pm

Celebrate! The harvest is in! See tractor, draft horse, and living history demonstrations, listen to music, make crafts, and participate in harvest-time activities.  The event is held on the grounds of the Wilder Ranch Cultural Preserve. This event is appropriate for all ages. 

 

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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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Monet: The Early Years
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Legion of Honor Museum
This exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Monet's mastery before Impressionism, and includes paintings
Date: Every day (Feb 25-May 29)


(0 Feb 2017) Monet_GardenPicnic.jpgMonet: The Early Years

Monet: The Early Years will be the first major US exhibition devoted to the initial phase of Claude Monet's (French, 1840-1926) career. Through approximately sixty paintings, the exhibition demonstrates the radical invention that marked the artist's development during the formative years of 1858 to 1872. In this period the young painter developed his unique visual language and technique, creating striking works that manifested his interest in painting textures and the interplay of light upon surfaces.

 

This exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Monet's mastery before Impressionism, and includes paintings that are profoundly daring and surprising. Depictions of moments both large and small, with friends and loved ones, in the solitude of forests and fields and in the quiet scenes of everyday, offer new revelations about an artist that many consider to be ubiquitous.

 

With a selection of works gathered from some of the most important international collections - the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and other public and private collections worldwide - Monet: The Early Years authoritatively demonstrates the artist's early command of many genres, not only the landscapes for which he has become so renowned but also still lifes, portraits and genre scenes.

 

This exhibition follows the Legion of Honor's strong history of showing highly important moments in French Impressionism. By following Monet before Impressionism, visitors can see the emergence of his style and how he helped shape the movement. Monet: The Early Years will be on view at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco from February 25 through May 29, 2017. 

 


Location: 100 34th Avenue and Clement Street, San Francisco Map
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Birding Walk, Elkhorn Slough
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Elkhorn Slough
Go on a guided bird hunt, begin or add to your list of sitings
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 8:30am

Special Instructions: Meet in the parking lot behind Whole Enchilada

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

 

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

 

 


Location: 1700 Elkhorn Road , Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 728-2822 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Chicken Fun
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Glaum Egg Ranch
Buy eggs and get a bonus, an animated chicken show
Date: Every Mon, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa from 6:00am to 8:00pm


(A June) GlaumChickensDancing.jpgGlaum Egg Ranch

Marvin's most talked about invention is the Egg Vending Machine. Customers can come up to the ranch, insert money and receive a flat of eggs. As the years progressed, so did the vending machine - today, when you insert the money you get to enjoy an animated chicken show as well.

 

The costumes on the chicken show are designed, created and changed seasonally by Sherrie. Every season/holiday is a different scene - the customers love to come and see what's new each time.

 

Glaum Egg Ranch Machine Hours

Vendor open "Only" when main bottom gate is open on Monday thru Saturday 6:00 am to 8:00 pm. Closed on Sunday. $4. Bring 4 Crisp One Dollar Bills

 

100% Cage Free & Organic California Family Farm Eggs

 

Ranch Store Hours

Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm
Saturday, 8:00 am-10:30 am
Closed on Sunday


Location: 3100 Valencia Rd, Aptos Map
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My Fair Lady
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Aptos High Theatre Arts
Come out to enjoy the talent of local students and staff with this musical comedy based on the Greek play 'Pygmalion.'
Date: Every Su, Th, Fri and Sa (Mar 23-Apr 2)
Admission Fees: Advance tickets $10/adult, $8/Seniors, $6/Children under 12. At-the-door prices add $2.

My Fair Lady'

popouts1712-my-fair-ladyAptos High Theatre Arts Department presents 'My Fair Lady,' which opens on March 23. Come out to enjoy the talent of local students and staff with this musical comedy based on the Greek play 'Pygmalion.' The production is the product of more than 50 Aptos High students, and a live 20-piece orchestra led by Terrel Eaton. (Photo by Kelly McCord.)

 

Preview March 23, 7 p.m., $5;

Opening 3 p.m.

March 26 March 30 & 31 at 7 p.m.

April 1 & 2 at 7 p.m.

 

Advance tickets $10/adult, $8/Seniors, $6/Children under 12. At-the-door prices add $2. Doors open 30 minutes before curtain. Tickets at aptoshs.net.


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San Francisco Botanical Gardens
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San Francisco Botanical Garden
Escape to a unique 55-acre urban oasis of extraordinary beauty at San Francisco Botanical Garden, showcasing over 8,000 differen
Date: Every day

Special Instructions: 2nd Tuesday is FREE DAY

Second Tuesday of every month is free!

 

The San Francisco Botanical Garden is one of the most diverse gardens in the world. A unique urban oasis, the Garden is a living museum within Golden Gate Park, offering 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, and showcasing over 8,000 different kinds of plants from around the world.

 

Free Admission Day Every second Tuesday of the month

Regular cost: $7/adults; $5/youth and seniors; $2/children; free/4 years and younger

 

Docent-led Tours: Join us for daily tours through the Botanical Garden led by trained docents or explore on your own with special features designed to enhance your next visit.

Free Tours Daily; 1:30pm at Main Gate

 

LOCATED In Golden Gate Park, with entrances at the corner of Ninth Ave. at Lincoln Way (Main Gate) & at MLK Jr. Drive off the Music Concourse

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Free Admission Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden

 

Hours
Open daily, starting at 7:30 am. The Garden closes one hour after last entry. Last entry changes seasonally:

Last entry: Fall & Winter

  • October through early November: Last entry at 5 pm.
  • 1st Sunday in November through January: Last entry at 4 pm.
  • February through 2nd Saturday in March: Last entry at 5 pm.

From a reviewer: 9/12/2016

"I've been to botanical gardens around the US and other countries, and this one is truly world class. I can't believe I've lived here for years and had never gone. I was worried that there might not be many things blooming since it's September, but there were so many amazing flowers packed together, that I can't even imagine what it's like in the spring. The ratio of plants-to-walking is really excellent. Every square foot of the garden seems carefully planned to pack in more wonderful things to see, all meticulously labeled and growing vigorously."


Location: Golden Gate Park, 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco Map
Phone: (415) 661-1316 •website San Franciscocreate a direct event link
Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
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State Park Henry Cowell
Join us on a guided scavenger hunt along our trails.
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
Saturdays at 1 pm


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

 

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

 

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


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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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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Salvador Dali Museum
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Dali17 Museum
The exhibition will be the largest collection of Dali’s art on the West Coast and will feature over 300 originals.
Date: Every day

Special Instructions: Call for hours

Dali17 Museum is Open

(A July) Dali_TimeSlithering.jpgDali17 Museum will open to the public on Friday, July 8 at 10am!

 

The new museum is a permanent exhibition of original etchings, mixed media, lithographs, and rare sculptures by one of the twentieth century's most celebrated surrealist artists, Salvador Dali.

 

This is the first permanent Dali exhibition on the West Coast and the second largest private collection in the United States. Previously, this collection has only been exhibited in Spain and Belgium.

 

will feature over 300 originals. Did you know that Monterey was the only place in the United States where Dali lived and worked? The exhibition will reintroduce Dali’s local history and will be the only museum to showcase photographs from Dali’s fundraiser Surrealistic Night at Del Monte.

 

(A July) Dali.jpgMonterey was the only place in the United States where Dali lived and worked. While the Nazis stormed across Europe, Dali and his wife Gala fled to the U.S. and in July 1941 found refuge at the Hotel Del Monte. While living in the Monterey area, he was heavily involved with the arts. Dali exhibited vintage sourced photographs as an early member of the Carmel Art Association and every May he participated as a juror for the local high school art competition.

 

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Location: Museum of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey Map
Phone: 831-372-2608 •website Monterey create a direct event link
Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
A moveable feast of fresh, locally grown produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats and poultry, baked goods, music and good comp
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed and Sa
Ages: All

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Location: 2801 Mission St, Santa Cruz Map
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Spring Break at Boardwalk
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Beach Boardwalk
Date: Every day (Apr 1-Apr 16)
Admission Fees: $69.95 per person

Ditch the books and hit the beach!

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FREE Photo FUN with Cartoon Network stars! 

Mondays-Fridays

 

April 3-7: Scooby-Doo & Shaggy
April 10-14: Bugs Bunny & Daffy Duck

 

FREE Magic Shows with Doug Hofkins, a.k.a. the "Surfing Magician"

 

Kids of all ages will be entertained by Doug's use of illusions, scarves, coins, playing cards and surprises. Doug always amazes!

 

Mondays-Fridays, April 3-14

We're open daily during Spring Break, weather permitting.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-5590 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Blast from the Past
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SLV Museum
Learn about the great explosion of 1898!
Date: Every day (Feb 18-Oct 8)
Admission Fees: free, donations appreciated
Special Instructions: Opening Reception: February 25, 2017 2-4pm

(0 Feb 2017) SLVMuseum_BlastfromPast.jpgBlasts from the Past - The Explosive Story of the California Powder Works

February 18, 2017 - October 8, 2017
Opening Reception: February 25, 2017 2-4pm 

 

"California Powder Works was the first American explosive powder manufacturing company west of the Rocky Mountains. When the outbreak of the Civil War cut off supplies of gunpowder to California's mining and road-building industries, a local manufacturer was needed. Originally located near Santa Cruz, California, the company was incorporated in 1861 and began manufacturing gunpowder in May 1864. For fifty years, it was a major employer in the county, employing between 150 and 275 men. The powder works was located on a flat adjacent to the San Lorenzo River, three miles upstream of Santa Cruz " Wikipedia

 

Sponsors: Funded in part by donations in memory of Henri Raab, and with the support of Bay Photo Labs.

 

 

 


Location: 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8382 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Adoption Fair
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Pet Pals
Date: Every Sa from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


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

  PET PALS
  3660 Soquel Drive
​  Soquel, CA


Location: 3660 Soquel Drive, Soquel Map
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Redwood Grove Loop Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: Every Su and Sa
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See details for dates/times

Redwood Grove Loop Walk
How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 

Redwood Grove Loop Walk
Every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 2 pm
AND Monday, September 4, Labor Day at 11 am and 2 pm
AND Friday, September 8 at 11 am and 2 pm
AND Friday, September 22 at 11 am and 2 pm
AND Thursday, September 28 at 11 am and 2 pm


 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Kaiwa Open Studio and Play Time!
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Kaiwa Art & Play Space
Date: Every Fri and Sa from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: 3-12 Admission Fees: $15/hr
Special Instructions: Pre-registration required

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

 


Location: 185 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Around the World in 60-90 Minutes!
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
Learn about the exotic plants from around the world
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Free with admission

Around the World in 60-90 Minutes!

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

 

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

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

 

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


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Free 2 Be a Kid
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Live Oak Grange
Bring what you can. Take what you need.
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $2/family

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Location: 1900 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
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Animal Advocates Afterschool Club
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Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
Club offers opportunities for young animal lovers
Date: Every day

Special Instructions: Starts up in October

Animal Advocates Afterschool Club

Youth Service Clubs at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter


The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter provides after-school clubs for two age groups (1st - 5th & 6th - 12th grades), encouraging and supporting the young animal lovers in our community to learn and grow as compassionate stewards. Membership is required and space in the Clubs is very limited so sign-up today!

 

If there are fewer than four registrations for any month, there will be no Club and refunds will be issued. All registrations must be completed the week before Club for that month begins. Refunds are only offered is Club is canceled.  


Kids Animal Advocates (1st - 5th graders)

What: Students learn about animals and do projects to help the Shelter pets.

When & Where: Tuesdays 4:00-6:00pm, at Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, 2200 7th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA

How Much: $60 - $80 monthly, depending on the month

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Youth Animal Advocates (5th - 9th graders)

What: Youth volunteers learn about animals and animal welfare, help pets during their stay at the Shelter, and earn Service Hours.

When & Where: Wednesdays 4:00 - 6:00 pm, at Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, 2200 7th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA

How Much: $60 - $80 monthly, depending on the month

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If you have further questions, please call 831-454-7235 or email jen.walker@santacruzcounty.us


Location: 2200 7th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Walking Tour Fisherman's Wharf
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Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf Association
Walk and talk: History of Sardine Fishing
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: 10+ Admission Fees: $15-20

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

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

 

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

 

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


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Sandhills Mobile Visitor Center
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State Park Henry Cowell
Date: 04/01/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Vehicle day-use fee is $10

Sandhills Mobile Visitor Center

Come visit the Sandhills Mobile Visitor Center, located in the day-use parking area at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, to learn about the unique Santa Cruz Sandhills. You'll learn about the Santa Cruz kangaroo rat, the Mount Hermon June beetle, and other fascinating facts about this terrain that only exists in Santa Cruz County. Follow up your visit to the Mobile Visitor Center with a hike through the Santa Cruz Sandhills.

 

 


Location: 101 Big Trees Park Rd, Felton Map
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Live Oak Grange
Bring what you can. Take what you need.
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $2/family


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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2017 Open Houses Castro Adobe
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State Park Castro Adobe
Join us for this easy guided walk to hear the stories of the Pájaro Valley’s past.
Date: Every day (Mar 18-Dec 30) from 11:00am to 3:00pm

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

2017 Open House days at Castro Adobe

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

 

The open houses will be 11am to 3pm

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

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

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

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


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
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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
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Santa Cruz Community Briefing
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Healthy California
Learn about the Healthy California Act, S.B. 562, (Lara and Atkins) and the next steps to guarantee healthcare for all Californi
Date: 04/01/2017 from 12:30pm to 2:30pm


Santa Cruz Community Briefing

Creating the Future of Healthcare in California

Learn about the Healthy California Act, S.B. 562, (Lara and Atkins) and the next steps to guarantee healthcare for all Californians. Join us and help build the movement to guarantee healthcare as a human right for ALL in the Golden State.

 

Co-Sponsored By: ADA-Southern California • California Nurses Association • California Alliance for Retired Americans • California Partnership • Campaign for a Healthy California • Clínica Msr. Oscar A. Romero • Communities For A Better Environment • Consumer Federation of California • Courage Campaign • Health Care for All California • Healthy California • J. Glynn & Company • Labor United for Universal Healthcare • National Union of Healthcare Workers • Our Revolution • Physicians for National Health Program - CA • Progressive Action for Glendale • PDA California • Single Payer Now • UPTE-CWA • Roofers Union Local 36


Location: Louden Nelson, 301 Center St. , Santa Cruz Map
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Exploring the San Lorenzo River
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
A special Earth Day "BioBlitz"- where citizen scientists can identify organisms and record data. A BioBlitz is a period of biolo
Date: Every Sa (Mar 11-Apr 22) from 8:30am to 10:30am
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: FREE
Special Instructions: various locations

(0 Mar 2017) SanLorenzoRiverLogo.jpgExploring the San Lorenzo River

Pre-Registration Required

 

This series of FREE walks hosted by the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History and Coastal Watershed Council aims to connect Santa Cruzans with the San Lorenzo River and its wildlife. Join expert birders, wildlife specialists, and fisheries biologists on guided walks along the river, to learn, enjoy a new perspective on the river, and connect with this beautiful natural resource in our own back yards. At the culmination of these walks we will celebrate Earth Day with a citizen science "BioBlitz" to capture biodiversity data along the river.

 

Tour topics alternate weekly between birding and studying fish. On the registration page (run by CWC), you will find that they are labelled "Fins" for fish, and "Feathers" for a bird-watching tour:

  • March 11: "Feathers"
  • March 18: "Fins" Fish Food
  • March 25: "Feathers" Lead by former Bird Club president, Nanci Adams
  • April 1: San Lorenzo Spiders
  • April 8: NO WALK - Spring Break
  • April 15: "Feathers"
  • April 22: Special Earth Day Bio Blitz - On Saturday, April 22nd from 8:30- 10:30am we'll be holding a special Earth Day "BioBlitz"- where citizen scientists can identify organisms and record data. A BioBlitz is a period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area.

 Click Here to SIGN UP TODAY! 

Where to meet for all "Feathers" Tours/Bird Walks :

Each bird walk program starts in downtown Santa Cruz at the southwest side of the Soquel Ave. Bridge over the San Lorenzo River, south of the CVS/Trader Joe's parking lot. Your expert guide will meet you where the River Walk intersects the Soquel Ave. Bridge, at 530 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060


Phone: 831-420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Trek to the Forbidden Sandhills
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Quail Hollow Ranch
Take a rare tour of the sandhills
Date: Every Su and Tues (Apr 2-Apr 30) from 10:00am to 12:30pm
Ages: 16+

Springtime is the best and only time to visit the flower-covered hills of the sand parkland habitat at QuailHollow. For just a few weeks you'll have a brief opportunity to join a guided tour to see and learn aboutthe many rare species that make this special place their home. Bring good walking shoes, sun protection,drinking water and optional camera. Open to all flower lovers who can walk a mile and can read. Dueto the sensitive nature of the area, the group size is limited to 15; sign-up in advance to reserve your space by calling 831-335-9348

Prepare ahead. Read about the geology of the Sandhills.

 


Location: 800 Quail Hollow Rd., Felton Map
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Twilight Adaptation Adventure
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State Park Big Basin
Come test your nocturnal abilities on this fun, 1.5-hour, half-mile walk
Date: Every Su (Aug 6-Aug 13) at 7:30pm
Ages: Able to do 3.5 mile hike

Twilight Adaptation Adventure
Sunday, August 6 and Sunday, August 13 at 7:30 pm
Twilight marks the end of day and the beginning of night. Animals who come out at night have special adaptations to survive. Come test your nocturnal abilities on this fun, 1.5-hour, half-mile walk. Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: Highway 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Sunday Seaside Crafts
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join us with your small fry every Sunday for hands-on fun!
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Kids and up Admission Fees: General admission fees apply.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Sponsored by: Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Family Yoga
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Luma Yoga and Family Center
Come stretch, play & explore!
Date: Every Su at 1:30pm
Ages: 4+ Admission Fees: $14 drop in (class cards + memberships also available)

Family Yoga: Ages 4+

Family Yoga is now offered EVERY Sunday afternoon at 1:30 pm! This class offers a unique approach by blending yoga and family bonding! Laughter and love fill each class and are sure to inspire and nurture the entire family's relationship. This class works best for children who can follow instructions and participate and is designed for parents and little ones ages 4 and up.

 

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Location: Luma Yoga and Family Center, 1010 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 325-2620 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Morning Kayak Tour - RENT A KAYAK
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Elkhorn Slough
Guided kayak tour of the Elkhorn Slough
Date: 04/02/2017 from 8:30am to 12:00pm

Special Instructions: Meet in the parking lot behind Whole Enchilada

April 2: Morning Kayak Tour - RENT A KAYAK

We will be launching from Moss Landing Harbor on this guided tour of the Elkhorn Slough. You'll have a chance to see sea otters, seals, sea lions, and shorebirds and more as you glide through the slough's calm waters. Tides will be gentle-this is a voyage suitable for beginners, but with enough to see to engage old pros.

Please complete this registration to RENT one spot in a double kayak. Kayak rental fee is for each participant; all equipment will be provided. Space is limited, please register on or before March 27.

 

 


Location: 1700 Elkhorn Road , Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 728-2822 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
New Textile & Fiber Arts Class
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Kaiwa Art & Play Space
Check out our new textile & fiber arts class
Date: Every Mon and Wed (Mar 6-Jun 26) from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 3-12

Kaiwa is excited to announce a NEW Textile & Fiber Arts class on MONDAYS starting March 6th!  The Wednesday class has been in such high demand I have decided to extend the fun to Mondays from 3:30-5 pm! 

 

Here is the description: Sewing, felting, weaving, dyeing fabric, knitting, and more - experience the diverse world of textile and fiber arts at Kaiwa! In a curriculum that balances traditional skill-building with child-led design and creative expression, children will design and sew clothing, accessories, or stuffies, felt unique creations using wet felting & needle felting, learn shibori dyeing, batiking, and silk painting techniques, weave on a loom, knit, and more!  Ages 5-13

 

I am not aware of any other class like it!  Don't wait - register today before it fills up!

Sign Up!

 

Kaiwa Art and Play Space, 185 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz. 316-0918 www.kaiwaspace.org

 


Location: 185 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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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 (Jan 2-May 29)
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 by our executive chef, Tracy Landry.
  • Schedule your shadow day through the Admissions Office. Call (831) 423-0658 ×202 or use the link below.

Schedule


Location: 425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-0658 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Mind Craft
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Tues from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: free

Minecraft.Edu

Thursday 3:00  - 5:00

Ages 8-18.  Space limited.  First come - first served

Directed Mindcraft play begins again on October 6th!  It will continue through November 3rd.

 

 

 


Phone: 831-661-4771 •website La Selva Beachcreate 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
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Tuesday Nature Hikes with Docents
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State Park Big Basin
Fun, varied hikes every week
Date: Every Tues at 9:00am
Ages: All

Tuesday Nature Hikes with Docents
Every Tuesday, leaving at 9 am SHARP (except no walk Tuesday, March 22)
Docents Paul and Eva Fewel and Diane Shaw lead these fun, varied hikes every week. 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: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Conservatory of Flowers: Free Admission Day
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Conservatory of Flowers
Experience with over 1,700 species of rare, exotic and endangered plants from more than 50 different countries
Date: The 1st Tues of every month


Conservatory of Flowers

 

The Conservatory of Flowers offers an intimate, up-close experience with over 1,700 species of rare, exotic and endangered plants from more than 50 different countries.  Opened in 1879, the wood and glass greenhouse is the oldest existing conservatory of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.

 

Free to all visitors on the first Tuesday of every month.

 

Normal costs are:

General public:

$8.00 for Adults
$5.00 for Youth ages 12-17, Seniors age 65 & over, and College Students with ID
$2.00 for Children ages 5-11
Free for Children ages 4 and under


Location: Golden Gate Park, 100 John F. Kennedy Dr., San Francisco Map
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Divorced Fathers Network
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Divorced Fathers Network
Healthy co-parenting support for Dads
Date: Every Tues from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: Adults

Divorced Fathers Network 7:30-8:30pm. Ongoing Tuesdays. DFN provides non-adversarial techniques to achieve healthy co-parenting through a support group network.

 

Aptos La Selva Fire Dept, 6934 Soquel Dr. 234-5578


Location: 6934 Soquel Dr, Aptos Fire Station, Aptos Map
Phone: 831-234-5578 •website Aptos create a direct event link
La Selva Beach Preschool Story Time
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Tues from 10:30am to 11:30am
Ages: 3-6

La Selva Beach Preschool Story Time (10:30 AM-11:30 AM)
 
A 45 minute program for 3-6 year olds. We will read books and make a simple craft.


View similar upcoming events: Storytimes/Laptimes, Programs for Kids, Programs for Families

 


Location: Aptos Boulder Creek Branciforte Capitola Downtown Felton Garfield Park La Selva Beach Live Oak Scotts Valley Bookmobile Other Resources: Library Phone Directory SC County Genealogy Library SC Coun, La Selva Beach Map
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Preschool Adventures at the Sanctuary Exploration Center
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Sanctuary Exploraiton Center
Free Storytime with Crafts and Show and Tell
Date: Every Wed from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-5 Admission Fees: FREE

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


Location: 35 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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R.E.A.D.: Reach Every Amazing Detail
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Wed (Oct 5-May 25) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 8-10

R.E.A.D.: Reach Every Amazing Detail @ La Selva Beach (3:00 PM-5:00 PM)


Individualized reading comprehension instruction with a California credentialed teacher. Open to students grades 2nd to 12th. Appointment required.

 

For more information or to schedule a 30 minute session, contact Programs 831.427.7717 or email pro@santacruzpl.org

 


Location: 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
Phone: 831.427.7717 •website La Selva Beachcreate a direct event link
Toddler + Me
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Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery
Tot-centric songs, poses, and activities that enhance a fun-loving relationship
Date: Every Wed (Feb 24-Apr 7) at 10:00am
Admission Fees: $90

Toddler + Me Fridays @ 10:00 Starts February 24! with Lynda Meeder
This series of toddler yoga classes is designed for parents and their little ones ages 1-3. Here's a great opportunity to have fun with your energetic little one!


These classes offer tot-centric songs, poses, and activities that enhance a fun-loving relationship. Parents model the use of music with movement which encourages and supports toddlers' mobility and exploration. During class, early walkers playfully practice yoga postures while sitting, standing, crawling, walking, and jumping. Parents also get to do a little yoga. No yoga experience required. Register + Details!

 


Location: Capitola Mall, 1855 41st Ave., Capitola Map
Phone: (888) 424-8035 •website Capitola create a direct event link
STEAM in Nature
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Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery
Fine Motor Skills, Art through various mediums, Natural Science Exploration
Date: Every Wed (Feb 24-Apr 7) at 10:00am
Ages: 0-12 Admission Fees: Free with museum admission or membership. Admission is $7 adults, $5 for children 2-17. Children under age 2 are free.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


Location: Capitola Mall, 1855 41st Ave., Capitola Map
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Preschool Storytime
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Bookshop Santa Cruz
Mamoura Slike reads to toddlers and pre-schoolers
Date: Every Wed from 10:00am to 10:30am
Ages: toddler and pre-school aged chil

Bookshop Santa Cruz invites any toddler or pre-school age children (with parental supervision) to listen to
stories read by Mamoura Slike. Mamoura is a wonderful reader and she will be sharing fantastic books!


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For Mom: Feel Good Friday Radio
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Lorraine Pursell and Dee James
Weekly Mom Uplift: Ask Your Future Self
Date: Every Wed
Ages: All

Moms need nurturing, TOO!
When you tap into your Future Self you access the power of your success that encourages you to keep going forward to your desires.

Women's Empowerment Coach, Lorraine Pursell, joins Dee James at KEYZ am radio with powerful topics, tips and tools for uplifting your life while you're raising your quiver-full.

Use these great tips to set you on higher ground. Live the happy life you deserve while raising your family well and thriving in life's daily challenges.

Get Lorraine's FREE e-Books at http://www.3KeysToSelfLove.com and http://www.StopYellingAtYourKids.com


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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


Location: Capitola Mall, 1855 41st Ave., Capitola Map
Phone: (888) 424-8035 •website Capitola create a direct event link
Dav Pilkey, Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties
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Bookshop Santa Cruz
Author Dav Pilkey celebrates the release of his new book, Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties, and the 20th anniversary of Captain Un
Date: Every Wed at 10:00am
Admission Fees: $10.89

 Dav Pilkey, Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 6:00pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and the Santa Cruz Warriors welcome worldwide bestselling author Dav Pilkey to celebrate the release of his new book, Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties, and the 20th anniversary of Captain Underpants! Join us for a "supa-epic" event with live drawing and presentation by Dav Pilkey, lots of giveaways, prizes, and photo-ops with Captain Underpants and Dog Man! All books purchased at Bookshop Santa Cruz will be signed by Dav Pilkey. Due to time constraints, there will be no personalization.

This ticketed event will take place at the Kaiser Permanente Arena, 140 Front Street, Santa Cruz, and WILL BE ticketed. Please find ticket information and purchasing below.


He was the best of dogs... He was the worst of dogs... It was the age of invention... It was the season of surprise... It was the eve of supa sadness... It was the dawn of hope... Dog Man, the newest hero from the creator of Captain Underpants, hasn't always been a paws-itive addition to the police force. While he can muzzle miscreants, he tends to leave a slick of slobber in his wake! This time, Petey the cat's dragged in a tiny bit of trouble -- a double in the form of a super-cute kitten. Dog Man will have to work twice as hard to bust these furballs and remain top dog!

Dav Pilkey has written and illustrated numerous popular, award-winning books for children, including the Captain Underpants and Dumb Bunnies series; Dog Breath, winner of the California Young Reader Medal; and The Paperboy, a Caldecott Honor Book. He lives with his wife in the Pacific Northwest. Visit him online at pilkey.com.

 

TICKET PACKAGES: Ticket packages are $10.89 and include two tickets to the event and one copy of Dog Man: A Tale of Two KittiesWhen you purchase a ticket package you can also buy one additional child ticket for $5 for a child within your family to attend with you. Part of the proceeds from additional child ticket sales will be used to buy copies of Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties for schools and to give to children who want to attend the event but who would otherwise be unable to attend due to financial limitations. Additional child ticket is only available once a ticket package is purchased and only at the time of purchasing the ticket package. Tickets are available for purchase at Bookshop Santa Cruz, via phone (831-423-0900) or here on our website below.

Ticket packages purchased online will be held for pick-up at Bookshop Santa Cruz under your last name until 3:00 pm on September 27th. After that, tickets will be available at Will Call at the Kaiser Arena starting at 5:00 pm on September 27th. Dav Pilkey's book talk and drawing demonstration will take approximately 30 minutes, with activities and games available for kids during the signing line, along with concessrions. Your position in the signing line will be determined by the number on the back of your ticket; in & out privileges will apply during the signing line, but we cannot guarantee the signing line will still be going when you return. Photos during the signing line will be permissable. Please e-mail info@bookshopsantacruz.com with additional questions!

DAV PILKEY BOOK AND TICKETS PACKAGE

$10.89 SKU: PILKEY2FOR1

 

 

 

 

 


Location: Kaiser Permanente Arena, 140 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-0900 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Plein Air Painting Class
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Quail Hollow Ranch
8-session outdoor class will focus on creating small works in three hours, and applying this work to larger studio paintings
Date: Every Th (Apr 6-May 25) from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: free class, advance registration is required to attend

Plein Air Painting Class
Join Gabriel Coke for plein air painting on location at Quail Hollow Ranch. This 8-session outdoor class will focus on creating small works in three hours, and applying this work to larger studio paintings. All experience levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced! Instructor: Gabriel is a full time instructor and program director of NUMU Atelier in Los Gatos, CA. A strong form painter who has created several large-scale landscape works, he also loves the simple goal of capturing a small painting in a few hours. After registration, Gabriel will contact you with a materials list and other information.


*Please note: although this is a free class, advance registration is required to attend; drop-in students cannot be accommodated.
Register in advance online at www.scparks.com, or call 831-454-7941 M-F, 9AM-4PM.

Quail Hollow Ranch - Ages 18+
Thurs 4/6-5/25 10 AM-1 PM FREE* #17643


Location: 800 Quail Hollow Rd., Felton Map
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THURSDAY ART MARKET
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Tannery Arts Center
The Market features live music, artist demonstrations and guest chefs with rotating menus. In addition, the Artbar and Café will
Date: Every Th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Special Instructions: at the intersections of Highways 1 and 9

The Tannery Arts Center, Santa Cruz County's first-in-the-nation arts community that provides a sustainable, accessible and vibrant home for the arts in Santa Cruz County, announced today its year-round Thursday Art Market has new hours for spring and will feature Open Studios Art Tour artists each week.

 

Thursday Art Market, held rain or shine in at the Tannery, will be 4-7 p.m. weekly. The Market features live music, artist demonstrations and guest chefs with rotating menus. In addition, the Artbar and Café will serve a full menu of food and drinks.

 

As part of the Thursday Art Market, seven Working Studios located in two historic Tannery buildings covering 25,000 square feet, will also be open for tours. The Working Studios serve as the headquarters to professional artists, educators and businesses. Studios open for Thursday Art Market will include:

  • Apricity Gallery (Sarah Bianco)
  • Camp Tannery Arts (Linda Cover)
  • Jewelry Toolery (Angela Gleason)
  • Printmakers at the Tannery, also know as PATT (Jane Gregorius, Hedwig Heerschop, Frank Trueba and more)
  • Radius Gallery (Ann Hazels)
  • Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center (Cat Willis)
  • Cosmo Chic Designs (Sonia Le)

About Tannery Arts Center

The Tannery Arts Center is a first-in-the-nation arts community that provides a sustainable, accessible and vibrant home for the arts in Santa Cruz County, offering visitors a dynamic cultural destination. The Tannery is home to Arts Council Santa Cruz County, Jewel Theatre Company and the Colligan Theater, Radius Gallery, the Tannery Lofts, the Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center and Tannery Working Studios, which provides 27 separate studio spaces for professional artists to create, display and sell their art. The Tannery Arts Center is located at 1050 River St. in Santa Cruz. Learn more at www.tanneryartscenter.org or www.facebook.com/tanneryartscenter.


Location: 1050 River Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 621-6226 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Old Cove Landing Trail Walks
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs.
Date: Every Sa (Apr 8-Apr 15) at 11:00am


Wilder Ranch Old Cove Landing Nature Walk
NEW!   Saturday, April 8 at 11am
Saturday, April 15 at 11am
On these two-hour natural history excursions you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the coastal bluffs. Meet at the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center. Bring a snack, water, binoculars, and good walking shoes. Binoculars are now available to borrow. This is a family-friendly walk; stroller suggested for toddlers. Rain cancels.

 

Rain and/or wet weather cancels this event!

Meet at the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center.

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


Location: 1401 Coast Rd., Santa Cruz Map
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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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Become a Docent at Castro Adobe State Historic Park
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Friends of the Santa Cruz State Parks
Become a docent at Castro Adobe State Historic Park
Date: 04/08/2017 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Assist with class visits, private tours and special events as a docent at Castro Adobe State Historic Park. This involves sharing the stories of the families who made the Castro Adobe home, preparing tortillas and hot chocolate in the restored cocina, leading games and craft activities, event set-up and take-down, and more. Volunteer opportunities are flexible and come up at least monthly.

This docent training is a great way to get involved at the Castro Adobe. Prospective docents should fill out this application (http://www.thatsmypark.org/volunteer/castro-adobe-volunteer-form/) in advance of the training. The training will include lunch.


Location: Castro Adobe State Historic Park, 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
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The Art of Nature
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Come see the art of California artists who bring science to life through art in our beloved annual Art of Nature exhibit
Date: Every day (Apr 8-Jun 18)
Admission Fees: $12 General | $6 Children | Members 50% off

The Art of Nature

April 8 – June 18th

Member-only Opening Reception | April 7, 6-8pm

Now in its 29th year, the Museum is proud to showcase California artists who bring science to life through art in our beloved annual Art of Nature exhibit. The exhibit highlights the work of several artists whose work illustrates science in a variety of media with a wide range of subjects, including: insects, plants, birds, mammals, landscapes and microorganisms. We invite you to dive into the beautiful world of illustration yourself and test your skills while drawing museum specimens at our Illustration Station.

First Friday Art Tour – Live artist demos
May 5 & June 2 | 5-8 p.m. | Free Admission
Experience scientific illustration first-hand with local artists featured in the exhibit

 

Exhibit Artists: 

Krista Anandakuttan, G. Lee Boerger, Sondra Cohelan, Maria Cecilia Freeman, Megan Gnekow, Jaye Hays, Erin E. Hunter, Martha Iserman, Monica Jurik, Molly Keller, Mattias Lanas, Vance Lawry, Calene Luczo, Glenda Lee Mahoney, Elizabeth Romanini, Stephanie Rozzo, Anne Scott-Chambers, Emily Underwood, Sophie Webb and Ben Witzke.


Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural His, 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Broom Bash
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Quail Hollow Ranch
Help improve Quail Hollow Ranch trails - pull some broom!
Date: 04/08/2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 18+ Admission Fees: Free

French Broom is an invasive, exotic plant that takes over natural habitats. Join the CNPS Habitat Restoration Program and park volunteers for a broom bash to help remove these unwanted plants from the park trails and improve the natural system of the park, as well as its beauty. Tools will be provided. Bring work gloves, water, and lunch.


Location: Quail Hollow Ranch County Park, 800 Quail Hollow Rd., Felton Map
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Bunny Bash 2017
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Capitola Mall
Enjoy two packed hours of FREE Easter Bunny fun for the entire family including visits with you know who...
Date: 04/08/2017 from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: Newborn to 12 Admission Fees: FREE

SAVE THE DATE! The Capitola Mall invites you to -on April 8th from 11am-1pm! Enjoy two packed hours of FREE Easter Bunny fun for the entire family including visits with you know who...

 

PLUS Flying Giraffe Entertainment puppet shows, kids' crafts & face painting from Leokids & Sideshow Events, live DJ & raffle prizes from Macy's, Claire's, Art of Santa Cruz, MetroPCS and a limited supply of FREE 5"x7" photos with the Easter Bunny!

We hope you can join us, for photo and event details visit www.shopcapitolamall.com.


Location: 1855 41st Avenue, Capitola Map
Phone: (831) 476-9616 •website Capitola create a direct event link
Young Eagles - Kids Fly Free
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Young Eagles
Kds fly free EAA airplane rides, on the first Saturday of every month between January and April and then again between September
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 8 yrs - 17 yrs Admission Fees: Free

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

 

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

 

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


Location: Watsonville Aviation Education C, 60 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
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Arboretum Spring Plant Sale
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
Looking for drought-tolerant plants? Come to the Arboretum's Spring Plant Sale!
Date: 04/08/2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Looking for drought-tolerant plants? Come to the Arboretum's Spring Plant Sale!


10am to noon Members Presale

In partnership with the California Native Plant Society (CNPS), the Arboretum's Spring Plant Sale will offer quality, regionally-friendly plants from both groups at great prices. 

 

Not a member of the Arboretum or CNPS and want to get in early? Join the Friends of the Arboretum on our website. Memberships for both organizations will be available at the gate on the day of the sale.

Knowledgeable Arboretum curators and staff will be on hand to assist customers with their plant selections, growing advice, and landscape design assistance.  You will find plenty of California natives and unique varieties found no other place. This is the year to replace a lawn with an attractive low maintenance low water usage landscape.

"Valet Wheelbarrow Service" will be available to assist shoppers in transporting their purchased plants to the parking area.

This year the sale offers colorful, water-wise succulents, small trees, and plentiful other plants from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and California. Many of the featured plants attract birds, particularly hummingbirds, and most of these can't be found at local nurseries or elsewhere in the state.

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Not a member of the Arboretum or CNPS and want to get in early?  Join the Friends of the Arboretum on our website. Memberships for both organizations will be available at the gate on the day of the sale


Location: Arboretum Road, 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Shadowbrook Stroll
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State Park Big Basin
A less-traveled trail that takes you by Union Creek, to the Sempervirens Falls and back through the redwoods.
Date: 04/08/2017 at 10:00am
Ages: All

Shadowbrook Stroll
Join Docent Hal Anjo as he guides you on a less-traveled trail that takes you by Union Creek, to the Sempervirens Falls and back through the redwoods. This is a four-mile, 3.5-hour hike. Bring water and good hiking shoes. Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Alla Rustica, Baroque Music
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Santa Cruz Baroque Festival
A great way to introduce the children to joyful baroque music ...
Date: 04/08/2017 at 7:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10-$35
Special Instructions: Saturday February 25 at 7:30pm and Sunday February 26 at 3:00pm

2017 Season Concerts   Alla Rustica    Celebrating our 44th Season!  Tickets


Concert IV: Musick's Silver Sound
Saturday April 8 at 7:30pm
Baltimore Consort
UCSC Music Recital Hall
These Shakespearian tunes filled the air surrounding the common folk who came to the Globe Theatre; played on street corners, in taverns, and in the theatre, they were a part of the public subconscious in England and abroad. This Baltimore Consort program will send you dancing from the halls feeling as if you've travelled back in time to the world of Shakespeare.


Concert V: Harmonious Sphere
Saturday April 29 at 7:30pm
Esfera Armoniosa
Holy Cross Church
Experience the North American debut of the renowned Colombian early music group Esfera Armoniosa. Directed by the charismatic Claudia Liliana Gantivar, they will perform folkloric villancicos, psalms, and lamentations from Colonial Latin American archives. Instrumentation includes recorder, Baroque guitar, theorbo, dulcian, and viola de gamba. Trained at European early music conservatories, Esfera Armoniosa appears with support from the Colombian Ministry of Culture.


2017 Season Brochure (pdf)


Location: UCSC Music Center Recital Hall, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-2159 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
27th Annual Santa Cruz Bonsai
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Santa Cruz Bonsai
Come join us for bonsai demos
Date: Every day (Apr 8-Apr 9) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: $5

The Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai is a local club devoted to promoting and teaching bonsai as an art form. The beautifully exhibited trees may be seen from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days and are the product of many years of horticultural development and artistic creativity. A bonsai is actually a living sculpture and an art form that dates back at least 3000 years.

 

The highlight of the show will be at 2:00 p.m. each day, when Bonsai Masters, Eric Schrader (Demonstrator for Saturday), and Sensei Katsumi Kinoshita (Demonstrator for Sunday) will demonstrate the techniques of creating an artistic tree from common nursery stock. The newly created bonsai tree will then be offered in a raffle drawing along with other trees and items donated by club members. These trees have been cared for, designed, wired, and potted in bonsai pots so individuals winning the tree/s can begin enjoying this art form immediately.


Other activities:

Watsonville Taiko performance, Saturday 11am

Carolyn Fitz, calligraphy and ink painting artist, will demonstrate Sumi-e Japanese Ink Painting on Saturday only at 12:30pm

Santa Cruz Todo Kai martial arts performance, Sunday 11 a.m.

Origami crane demonstrations on both days at 1:00pm


Additionally, there will be sales of bonsai and pre-bonsai trees. Sales area will have new trees each day. Alan Jalkut, Owner of Tuklaj Productions, will create a DVD of this year's show and will have DVD of previous shows for sale. Door prizes, as well as, free tea and cookies are also offered at the show.

 

or more information, visit: www.santacruzbonsaikai.com or www.facebook.com/santacruzbonsaikai


Location: MAH, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Positive Discipline for LGBTQ Families
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Navigating the School Years with Positive Discipline
Date: 04/08/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: adults Admission Fees: $20.00
Special Instructions: Limited scholarships are sometimes available. Childcare provided onsite for $10 per child per class session, but please request it and/or sign up for it in advance.

2-hour workshop for you to learn effective, culturally responsive parenting tools to help your LGBTQ child(ren) more safely and more confidently navigate their home and school environments. Taught by Jane Weed-Pomerantz


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Rutinas -- crianza con Disciplina Positiva - taller en espanol
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Rutinas -- crianza con Disciplina Positiva - taller en espanol
Date: 04/08/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: adults Admission Fees: $20.00
Special Instructions: Becas Limitadas para la Clase y/o para el Cuidado de Nios (normalmente $10/cada nio)

Aprenda maneras efectivas para ayudar a su hijo/a a hacer contribuciones positivas a su hogar y escuela mientras usted usa amabilidad y ternura al mismo tiempo para modelar lo que es una relacion mutuamente respetuosa.


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 476-7284 •website Santa Cruz 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
Phone: 831-728-5898 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Younger Lagoon Reserve Tour
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Experience the wildlife and natural beauty of Younger Lagoon.
Date: The 2nd Su of every month from 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Ages: 10 years of age and older. Admission Fees: General admission fees apply.

(Photos General) Seymour_youngerlagoonresevetour.jpgThis 90-minute, behind-the-scenes hiking tour takes visitors into Younger Lagoon Reserve adjacent to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Part of the University of California Natural Reserve System, Younger Lagoon Reserve contains diverse coastal habitat and is home to birds of prey, migrating sea birds, bobcats, and other wildlife. Come and see what scientists are doing to track local mammals, restore native habitat, and learn about the workings of one of California's rare coastal lagoons. A tour is offered on selected Thursdays and Sundays of each month beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Younger Lagoon Reserve tours are free with admission and open to the public. Space is limited to 12 participants. Advance reservations and advance payment required.


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Santa Cruz ADHD Support Group
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SPIN, Special Parents Information
Become a Support/Mentor Parent or just a ˜buddy'
Date: The 2nd Mon of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm


Summer meetings will be held the second Monday of the month.

 

Aptos/La Selva Fire Station, 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos, next door to Mar Vista Elementary School.

 

For more information contact Judy Brenis at jbbrenis@comcast.net or 818-9619.

 


Location: Aptos/La Selva Fire Station, 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: 831.818-9619 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Old Cabin Classic Pre-Run
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Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz
Pre-ride April 10, Registration April 13, Ride May 13 Mountain Biking fun & Rodeo for Kids
Date: 04/10/2017 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Admission Fees: donations for spectators
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Old Cabin Classic Pre-ride with Emma!  April 10 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

 

Old Cabin Classic Registration Opens! April 13 @ 7:30 am

 

Santa Cruz Old Cabin Classic May 13

 

Race Day Activities

The Old Cabin Classic isn't just for racers. We are planning a fun day for the whole family. Come on out for a knee slapping good time.

 

Local Artisans

The Old Cabin Classic is not just a showcase for mountain biking, we are inviting local artists out to show their wares as well. Check out neat stuff from custom bike bags to woodcuts, a portion of all purchases will go towards MBoSC's trail building fund!

 

Complimentary Beverages from Verve Coffee Roasters

Verve Coffee Roasters is a mainstay of the Santa Cruz cafe scene. They are also longtime supporters of Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz. They have been fueling our events for years now, from the Mountain Bike Festival to our Volunteer Dig Days. So of course they jumped at the opportunity to come out to the Old Cabin Classic. They will be serving coffee and fancy drinks all day! For free! Get buzzed!

 

Vintage Bike Museum

We are channeling racing of years past with this event. There has not been a race at Wilder Ranch in nigh on twenty years. To give a nod to those that have come before we will be displaying some notable vintage bikes. On display will be bikes from local frame builders, local bike companies, and local characters. If you have a bike you would like to display, let us know! Email info@mbosc.org

 

Kids' Rodeo

Introduce your kids to mountain biking or encourage them to improve their skills. Bring a bike, sign a waiver, strap a helmet on them, and watch them try their skills and tackle obstacles in a challenging but safe environment. This is a great confidence builder! The Kids' Rodeo will be run by Trips for Kids Santa Cruz, a volunteer non-profit which provides positive outdoor experiences for at-risk kids through mountain biking. A special thank you to Monterey Off Road Cycling Association (MORCA) for the use of their bike skills obstacle course.

 

Camping
We are excited to offer primitive camping at the event. While the accommodations are rustic, the panoramic ocean views are second to none. A limited number of spaces are available during registration.

 

Beer Garden

Come out and enjoy a cold beverage and know that every time you drink one, you are helping to build more trails in Santa Cruz County. Spectators will receive a beer in exchange for each $5 donation to MBoSC's trail building funds. Our friends at New Bohemia Brewing Co are donating beer for the race! They are even brewing an Old Cabin IPA specifically for this event! Yum! Racers and volunteers can enjoy a couple of beers gratis.

 

Tasty Food

We are bringing more food options to the Old Cabin Classic this year If you've been to any of MBoSC's events, you know we take food almost as seriously as singletrack and beer. Racers and volunteers all get a plate on us, and food will be on sale to spectators. And of course there will be vegetarian options.


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Invisible / Alienated Grandparent Support Group
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Alienated Grandparents Anonymous
Date: The 2nd Mon of every month from 4:00pm to 5:30pm


Invisible / Alienated Grandparent Support Group 4-5:30pm. Monthly 2nd Monday. Do you get to see your grandkids as often as you like? Are you estranged or alienated from an adult child? Want to release negative energy about family circumstances beyond your control? Do you "know in your bones" what ideas, memories and values you'd like to pass on? Led by Dr. Pat Hanson author of Invisible Grandparenting: Leave a Legacy of Love Whether You Can Be There or Not this will be a safe structured environment for sharing stories if you so choose, and learning healthy ways to deal with separation from anyone. 

 

Co-sponsored by Alienated Grandparents Anonymous http://www.aga-fl.org/ a national organization that provides information and support to grandparents who feel alienated or estranged from access to their grandchildren. Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos.


Location: Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Open House @ Little Garden Patch Farm
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Little Garden Patch Farm
Visit us and the farm animals with your family!
Date: 04/11/2017 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: 5-8 years old Admission Fees: Free

Little Garden Patch Farm - After School Care & Farm Camp This is a great opportunity for folks who can't make it to one of our weekend open house events to come see Little Garden Patch in action with busy children everywhere. :-) Come find out more about Summer Farm Camp. Please be aware, some weeks fill up and close to enrollment early and have a long wait list. So if you have particular days or dates in mind, sign up NOW!


Location: Little Garden Patch Farm , 4635 Fairway Drive, Soquel Map
Phone: 8314760964 •website Soquel create a direct event link
Book Talk: Jennifer Ackerman
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Friends of the Santa Cruz State Parks
Bookshop Santa Cruz along with Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks presents Jennifer Ackerman & her new book, The Genius of Birds
Date: 04/12/2017 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Bookshop Santa Cruz along with Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks presents award-winning science writer Jennifer Ackerman and her new book, The Genius of Birds. Combining a travelogue with a scientific investigation, a nature guide with a philosophical journey, The Genius of Birds offers readers a surprising and beautiful look at the extraordinary grace of birds, and a thought-provoking meditation on intelligence itself.

Birds are astonishingly intelligent creatures. In fact, according to revolutionary new research, some birds rival primates and even humans in their remarkable forms of intelligence. In The Genius of Birds, acclaimed author Jennifer Ackerman explores the newly discovered brilliance of birds and how it came about. As she travels around the world to the most cutting-edge frontiers of research, Ackerman not only tells the story of the recently uncovered genius of birds but also delves deeply into the latest findings about the bird brain itself that are revolutionizing our view of what it means to be intelligent.

Ackerman delivers an extraordinary story that will both give readers a new appreciation for the exceptional talents of birds and let them discover what birds can reveal about our changing world. Incredibly informative and beautifully written, The Genius of Birds richly celebrates the triumphs of these surprising and fiercely intelligent creatures.


Location: Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1502 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-0900 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
April School Day Tours at Gateway School
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Gateway School
Gateway School opens its doors to prospective families during School Day Tours on April 12th at 9am!
Date: 04/12/2017 from 9:00am to 11:00am
Admission Fees: Free

Prospective families are invited to tour Gateway School's campus to see firsthand how our program inspires children to become passionate scholars and compassionate citizens. Enjoy our engaging classrooms in action while meeting students, parents, and our Head of School!

Gateway School is an independent K-8 academically challenging Progressive school. Our education is rooted in play, creativity, and critical thinking. During their time at Gateway, students develop self-confidence, communication and collaborative skills. We value a love of learning and encourage our students to become compassionate and responsible citizens. Gateway has long been a leader in innovative learning techniques - it was the first school in Santa Cruz to establish a Life Lab, the first to build a Maker's Space, and the first to institute a mindfulness program.


Location: Gateway School, 126 Eucalyptus Dr, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 8314230341 •websitecreate a direct event link
ADHD Parent Support Group
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Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay ADHD Support Group
Support for Parents of Children and Teens with ADHD
Date: The 2nd Wed of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Donation welcome!
Special Instructions: Additional parking available at Mar Vista Elementary

The Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay ADHD Support Group is run by kind and helpful volunteers and hosts monthly support group meetings for Parents of children and teens with ADHD on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Please join us at our next monthly meeting for more information and support or just come and share with those who understand.


Location: Aptos Fire Station Conference Ro, 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 684-0590 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Free Story Time and Craft Time
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Wonderland Toys & Classroom Resources
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month at 10:30am


Free Story Time and Craft Time 10:30am. Join us on the second Friday of each month for free story time and craft time. Great for toddlers and preschoolers. All are welcome! Wonderland Toys & Classroom Resources,


Location: 4101-B2 Soquel Dr., Soquel Map
Phone: 831-316-7261 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Art & Play in Pre & K!
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Mount Madonna School
Preschool and Kindergarten Fun Activities
Date: 04/14/2017 from 9:30am to 11:00am
Ages: Toddlers, preschool & kinders Admission Fees: Free

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


Location: Mount Madonna School, 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna Map
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Contra Dancing
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Santa Cruz Dance
Contra couples dancing for beginners and experienced dancers - Make dance magic happen on the dance floor!
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 7+ Admission Fees: $12
Special Instructions: Beginner's lesson at 5:40. Dancing 7:00-10:00

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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


Location: Veteran's Memorial Building, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Work, Potluck & Dance
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Pie Ranch
Pie Ranch Community Work Day, potluck dinner, and rollicking barn dance in the roadside barn
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month at 2:00pm


WORK DAY & BARN DANCE

Next is Saturday, July 16th

 

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2:00pm / Work Day

What kind of activities will you do? The farm projects change every week and each day with the passing of the season, but these tips will help prepare you:

  • Parking is behind the Roadside Barn for you and the other farm hands.
  • Check-in at the Roadside Barn where everybody will join up to start.
  • Please leave dogs at home. (We love them too, but this isn't a good event for them!)
  • For comfort bring bottles of water to stay hydrated, layers of clothing to adapt to unpredictable weather, sunscreen and sun hats to shade you, and wear closed-toe shoes to protect your feet!
  • To pitch in, bring work gloves to protect your hands, gardening tools for working the soil and cutting plants, and plenty of enthusiasm! (We have backup gloves and tools in case you forget, so don't fret!

4:00pm / Optional Farm Tour ~ Cost is $12-20 per person.

Our tour discusses our sustainable agricultural practices, ranges over the entire 27 acres of the farm, takes folks in to peek at the historic Steele Ranch buildings, visits the goats, cows, chickens, and pigs and when possible, includes sampling from the fields.


6:00pm / Potluck Dinner followed by music and dancing!

Cost for the dance is $12-20 per person on a sliding scale; everyone contributes what they can! PLEASE NOTE THAT AN RSVP is recommended but not required and is helpful for our own planning purposes. Nobody will be turned away.

 

The potluck brings several dozen people out, each sporting a dish they've cooked up to share.

The dance features the County Line Pickers (Jim Davies, bass; Joni Davies, guitar; Josh Lane, mandolin; Ken Clarkson, banjo; Jon Young and Nancy Vail, fiddles) with caller Andy Wilson to lead the dosey-does and more!

 

To encourage a friendly family atmosphere and encourage safe driving out on Hwy 1, the potluck and barn dance are alcohol-free events. Please register using the Sign Up button at the top of this page and note that we can only accommodate groups of 10 or less.  Our office is closed on Saturday and Sunday so the latest RSVP we can accept is the Friday before 3pm the day before the barn dance.


Location: 2080 Cabrillo Highway, Pescadero Map
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Capitola Village Easter Egg Hunt
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Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce
Family fun on the beach!
Date: 04/15/2017 from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: 12-under Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Hunt begins at 11:00am sharp! Please limit 3 eggs per child.

Hop on down to Capitola Village for an Easter Egg Hunt on the beach! Kids 12-under can hunt for candy-filled eggs hidden in the sand. The Easter Bunny will be there! Please limit 3 eggs per child so there is plenty of fun for everyone! Be sure to bring your camera to capture a memorable day on the beach in Capitola!


Location: On Capitola Beach in front of Ca, 1500 Wharf Road, Capitola Map
Phone: (831) 475-6522 •website Capitola Villagecreate a direct event link
Guided Bird Walk
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State Park Henry Cowell
A Walk in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park with a Park Naturalist
Date: 04/15/2017 at 8:00am


 

Campground (located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley)
Join us in the campground for stroll to the Observation Deck to discover the wintering birds of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Please bring binoculars, water, snacks, layered clothes, and walking shoes.

 

 

 


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Eggstraordinary Egg Hunt
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Roaring Camp Railroads
Hunt for thousands of chocolate candy eggs hidden by the Easter Bunny in a redwood forest and win prizes
Date: Every day (Apr 15-Apr 16)
Ages: All

DEPARTS FROM ROARING CAMP IN FELTON

Hop on Board! The Easter Bunny makes a stop at Roaring Camp. After riding Roaring Camp's real 1880s Steam Train under the majestic Redwoods, over Indian Creek Trestle and through the Santa Cruz Mountains, your kids are going to have the time of their lives scavenging for chocolate eggs at the top of Bear Mountain.

The magic of trains, mixed with the magic of the Easter Bunny. It's... it's... EGGSTRAORDINARY!

 

Remember to bring a basket!


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Basic Bicycle Maintenance Class
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The Spokesman
Learn how to fix your flat tire!
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00am
Ages: Free

Spokesman Bicycles Free Maintenance Class

3rd Saturday of every month, 10AM

Spokesman Bicycles, Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz, CA

http://www.spokesmanbicycles.com/events

 


Location: Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Easter Egg Hunt
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Kennolyn Camp
10th Annual Easter Egg Hunt FREE event for the entire family
Date: 04/15/2017 at 10:00am


Easter Egg Hunt

Kennolyn Camps presents their 10th Annual Easter Egg Hunt FREE event for the entire family. Refreshments, Crafts Project, Family Photos with the Easter Bunny. Come any time during the open hours to find eggs. Bring an Easter Basket and join us for a wonderful family event at Kennolyn's Hilltop Hacienda, 8400 Glen Haven Rd., Soquel. www.kennolyncamps.com

 

 


Location: Hilltop Hacienda, 8205 Glen Haven Rd, Soquel Map
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Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt
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Boulder Creek Rec Center
Join us for a great egg hunt in Boulder Creek
Date: 04/15/2017 from 11:00am to 1:00pm


EGG HUNT AT REDWOOD ELEMENTARY

April 15th Saturday 11-1pm

Location: Highway 9 Redwood Elementary School

Time: 11-1pm

11:15am Egg hunt by age

12noon Field egg hunt

12-1pm games, bunny photos, food, crafts

 

 


Location: Redwood Elementary School, 6900 North Hwy 9 Map
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Waddell Valley Watercolor Workshop Series
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State Park Rancho del Oso
A four-day watercolor workshop series for beginner and intermediate artists.
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month (Feb 18-May 20) at 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Meets at the Rancho del Oso Nature and

Waddell Valley Watercolor Workshop Series

 

Joyce Rosenstiel will be leading a four-day watercolor workshop series for beginner and intermediate artists. Students will focus on watercolor basics, assembling your painting kit and fundamentals for landscape and nature painting. Learn to assemble a 6- by 9-inch sketch & paint travel kit for summer adventures.

 

From Rancho del Oso to the Grand Canyon, capturing the essence of unique landscapes through your art will stay with you for many years, often more profoundly than a photograph.

 

 This is a hands-on learning class. We will look at a scene together, then figure out a number of ways to sketch it out, and to mix the colors best needed to capture it on paper. You don't need to bring anything to the first class but curiosity and a wish to learn more. You can mix any color in nature from red, yellow and blue paint!

 

 

Saturday, February 18 at 10 a.m.

Saturday, March 18 at 10 a.m.

Saturday, April 15 at 10 a.m.

Saturday, May 20 at 10 a.m.


This is a four-part series and preregistration is required; there is no fee. Call or email the Rancho Del Oso Docents to reserve a spot. This is a small group class; space is limited.


Location: Waddell Valley, 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
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Lose your Lawn Workshop
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Santa Cruz County Parks and Recreation Dept.
Witness a landscape make over from lawn to drought-tolerant landscaping...
Date: 04/15/2017 from 10:00am to 1:00pm


Lose your Lawn Workshop at Emeline

This community lawn removal event will take place on Saturday, April 15 from 10:00am-1pm. All participants that pre-register and participate in the workshop will be entered into a raffle to win a FREE professional Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape design, valued at $500! Pre-register today at www.green-gardener.org.

 

Just before Earth Day, the County will be investing in a landscape make over in front of the County Public Health Building D. Turf removed from this area and replaced with beautiful, drought-tolerant landscaping will conserve approximately 50,000 gallons of water/year. Ecology Action invites County staff and the community to participate in the workshop to learn how to convert your lawn or weedy landscape into a Monterey Bay Friendly Garden using sheet mulching, water-wise plants, drip irrigation, and downspout redirection to rain gardens and bioswales. Community service hours are available through Ecology Action. This hands-on workshop is sponsored by the Santa Cruz County Water Conservation Coalition and the County of Santa Cruz.

 

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscaping | Rainwater Harvesting, Water-Wise Landscaping, Greywater, Green Infrastructure, Ecological Landscapinggreen-gardener.org

 


Location: County Public Health Building D, 1080 Emmeline Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 454-7941 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Science Sunday
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join us on the third Sunday of every month (except December) for a public lecture from a marine scientist
Date: The 3rd Su of every month at 1:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free with admission
Special Instructions: We are located at the end of Delaware Avenue.

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

 

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

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

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


Location: La Feliz room, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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SPIN Family Support Meeting
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SPIN
All Disabilities Parent Support Group
Date: The 3rd Su of every month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Special Parents Information Network, SPIN

Invites ALL parents of children with any type of disability to the All Disabilities* Parent Support Group

 

Get emotional and informational support from special speakers and from parents who are parenting special needs children with similar disabilities

 

RSVP's are ideal to make enough handouts (but not required) contact Nancy for RSVP, to add you to our email list, or for more info, at nwinans@spinsc.org OR call us at 423-7713

Child care will not be provided at these meetings.


See you soon! Nancy Winans, SPIN Mentor Program Coordinator

 

*autism, developmental delays, physical or medical disabilities, learning disabilities, neurobehavioral disabilities such as: TS, OCD, ODD, NVLD, AD/HD, or Bi-polar) and other conditions


Location: Sutter Maternity and Surgery Cen, 2900 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.423-7713 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Easter Carnival & Egg Hun
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Garfield Community Church
Food trucks, games, bounce houses, a prize drawing with amazing prizes, live music, a DJ, a petting zoo, and a massive easter eg
Date: 04/16/2017 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free admission

It is that time of year again for our Awesome Easter Carnival. We will have food trucks, games, bounce houses, a prize drawing with amazing prizes, live music, a DJ, a petting zoo, and a massive easter egg hunt. The event is BYOB (BRING YOUR OWN BASKET).

All money raised will go to Project: Pollinates bee sanctuary that they are installing at Garfield Park Community Church.


Location: The Circle, Santa Cruz Map
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Movie Club
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: The 3rd Tues of every month from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: 8-10

Movie Club

 

Meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the Month from 1:00 to 2:00

 

For information on upcoming movies to discuss call 831-427-7710

 

 

 

 


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New Mommy Musical Meet-UP
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Musical Me, Inc. Offers Music Together
Join us every 3rd Tuesday for our "New Mommy Musical Meet-Up"!
Date: The 3rd Tues of every month from 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Ages: birth - 12months Admission Fees: FREE!

Being a new mom is the best thing that has just happened to you. But, you have to admit, it can be isolating at times. Would you like to meet and mingle with new mothers just like you, share parenting ideas and make music together alongside your babies (birth to 12 mos.) while learning lifelong parenting tips? Join the new New Mommy Musical Meet-Up where we support you in your new life adventure in a musical way. Bring your baby and enjoy meeting other mommies, free refreshments, and drawings for prizes while a certified Music Together® teacher leads a short music making session geared specifically to babies. Look for us under "New Mommy Musical Meetup" @ Meetup.com.

Join us every 3rd Tuesday from 12:00 to 1:30pm in our Santa Cruz classroom - 239 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

CONTACT: MusicalMe, Inc.
Call: 831-438-3514 or Text: 831-332-9002
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PO Box 66438, Scotts Valley, CA 95067
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Location: Various Santa Cruz County Locati, 239 High Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Campus Tour
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Mount Madonna School
Come visit Mount Madonna School
Date: 04/19/2017 from 9:30am to 11:30am
Ages: All with school-age children Admission Fees: Free

Small classes and learning that goes beyond the classroom walls, Montessori-influenced Pre/K and college prep 1st-12th grades. Featuring hands-on science labs, outdoor adventure, travel, marine biology studies on Catalina Island, buddy program, visual and performing arts. Contact Benna Dimig at 408-846-4042 or admissions@mountmadonna.org


Location: Mount Madonna School, 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna Map
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Santa Cruz Dance Week
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Motion Pacific
Dance everywhere!
Date: Every day (Apr 20-Apr 28)
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: SC Dance Week held in Downtown Santa Cruz at Cooper & Pacific for the kickoff

Santa Cruz Dance Week is a week-long collaborative dance event including performance and education, bringing together dancers from a multitude of traditions and trainings to increase visibility of and encourage participation in dance.

 


Location: Downtown Santa Cruz , Cooper & Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 457-1616 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
All Disabilities Parent Support Group
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SPIN
'All Disabilities' Parent Support Group
Date: The 3rd Th of every month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm


'All Disabilities' Parent Support Group for any parent of a child with any type of disability
Meets the 3rd Saturday of the month from 10am-12pm at 820 Bay Ave. Capitola
Like our Facebook page and receive info. on up coming meetings.


For more info or to RSVP, please call and leave a message at 423-7713 or email Heidi Lister at hlister@spinsc.org


NOTE: Child care is NOT provided at these meetings.


Location: 820 Bay Ave, Capitola Map
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Kirby School Presents: "9 to 5, The Musical"
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Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School
9 to 5 The Musical Presented by Kirby School
Date: Every day (Apr 20-Apr 23) from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $12 children, students & seniors / $15 adults

This hilarious comedy about three unlikely friends who take control of their office and learn there's nothing they can't do will be presented on April 20th at 7pm, April 21st at 7pm, April 22nd at 7pm, and April 23rd at 2 pm.


Location: Louden Nelson Community Theater, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Sea Otter Classic
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Sea Otter Classic
Competitive cycling for pros and amateurs and special fun for kids
Date: Every day (Apr 20-Apr 23)


Join us for the World's #1 Bicycle Festival

Enjoy four days of biking, camping, hiking, yoga, activities for all ages, international food and an expo with more than 450 exhibitors at the Subaru Sea Otter Classic powered by SRAM.

 

This "Celebration of Cycling" also offers loads of free stuff to do, including a kids' carnival, Sea Otter Egg Hunt, kids' bike races and bicycle playground. Admission is free for kids 12-and-under.

 

Sea Otter is coming to Monterey April 20-23, 2017.
1-800-218-8411  |  SeaOtterClassic.com

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Location: Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway, Hwy 68, Monterey Map
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Old-Time Family Barn Dance
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Live Oak Grange
Fun dances accessible to all comers. Live acoustic string music. All dances taught and prompted.
Date: The 3rd Fri of every month at 6:30pm
Admission Fees: $10 per person $15 for two people $20 per family
Special Instructions: AUGUST DANCE CANCELLED

Yee Haw! and Do Si Do!

 

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


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



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

 

AUGUST DANCE CANCELLED, SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER!


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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The Pajama Game
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Santa Catalina School
Sparks are flying and romance is blossoming at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory!
Date: Every day (Apr 21-Apr 23)

Special Instructions: 7:30pm. 4/22 @ 7:30pm. 4/23 @ 2pm. 4/28 @ 12:15pm

Santa Catalina School Theatre Arts presents The Pajama Game

7:30pm. 4/22 @ 7:30pm. 4/23 @ 2pm. 4/28 @ 12:15pm.

 

Sparks are flying and romance is blossoming at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory! Handsome new superintendent, Sid Sorokin, is falling hard for Babe Williams, the feisty leader of the union grievance committee. That is, until she and the Sleep-Tite employees are refused a seven-and-a-half cent pay increase. This enduring favorite features plenty of fun and splashy production numbers, including a comic "dream ballet," and is a glowing example of a solid, classic musical production. It's a blend of romance, comedy, and catchy lyrics sure to entertain. The Pajama Game is anything but sleepy!

 

Reservations recommended. General admission is $12; seniors, student, and military are $8; children under 12 are $4. For ticket reservations, please call 655-9341 or visit santacatalina.org/tickets. Santa Catalina School, Performing Arts Center, 1500 Mark Thomas Drive, Monterey.

 


Location: 1500 Mark Thomas Drive, Monterey Map
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Calendar Contest
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Elkhorn Slough
Elkhorn Slough Calendar Photography Contest
Date: Every day (Apr 22-Nov 18)
Admission Fees: (Fee event: ESF Non-member $40/Member $35)

Elkhorn Slough Calendar Photography Contest

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Location: Porter Ranch, 1700 Elkhorn Rd, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 728-2822 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Earth Day Santa Cruz
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City of Santa Cruz
Activities for all ages, delicious food and live music!
Date: 04/22/2017 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(A April 2016) Earth-Day-SC_Children2.jpgSanta Cruz Earth Day, a fun celebration of the environment and the San Lorenzo River for all age groups, is presented by the City of Santa Cruz, the County of Santa Cruz, Ecology Action and the Coastal Watershed Council. The festival will be held at San Lorenzo Park Benchlands behind the County Government Center. In case of rain, the event will be held in the County Government Center parking lot.

 

Earth Day  will feature over 90 educational and green retail booths, many kids' activities, an electric vehicle showcase, live music, delicious food, a beer garden and much more.

 

The Kids' Zone will feature an arts and crafts activity area, face painting and tumbling/gymnastics. A free rock climbing wall is open to all ages. Students from four local schools will display their Environmental Classroom Challenge projects with winners announced onstage at noon.

 

Main Stage Entertainment

  • Live Music from SambaDá
  • Recycled Fashion Show
  • Environmental School Challenge Awards

 

 

Kid Friendly Activities

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Gymnastics/Tumbling Area
  • Climbing Wall
  • Face Painting
  • Music with Mothersong

 

Some Other Highlight

  • Upcycled Art DIY Worshop with Chris Allen
  • Electric Vehicle Showcase- test drive a TESLA
  • Delicious Vegetarian Food
  • Beer Garden
  • Photo Booth

 


Location: San Lorenzo Park Benchlands, 701 Ocean St, Santa Cruz Map
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March for Science
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March for Science
Our Santa Cruz march is one of over 425 in communities around the world on Earth Day
Date: 04/22/2017 at 10:00am

Special Instructions: City Hall to Riverwalk

The March for Science on April 22, 2017 will be an unprecedented global gathering of people standing together to
acknowledge the critical role of science in our daily lives and our understanding of the natural world. The main March for Science will take place in Washington, DC, with satellite marches planned for more than 425 additional locations around the nation and world.

 

Local residents and organizations are invited to take part in the March for Science - Santa Cruz, giving voice to the science/technology issues that particularly motivate them. The community-friendly march will begin at 10 a.m. with a peaceful rally at Santa Cruz City Hall, then kick off at 10:30 to walk on the sidewalks through downtown and along the Riverwalk, ending at the Earth Day celebration in San Lorenzo Park.

 

Local March for Science organizers have involved an impressive array of leaders and organizations in fields such as natural resources, K-12 and university education, marine sciences, public health, energy conservation, professional organizations, social equity and technology. Partners include Earth Day Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz New Tech Meetup, County Office of Education, Women in Science and Engineering at UCSC, and Santa Cruz Community Health Centers.

 

What's inspiring participants to march? Sofia Romero, a UCSC student and member of SACNAS: Advancing Chicano/Hispanic and Native Americans in Science, tells her story. "I march for the little girl that is made to believe that she isn't smart enough to pursue science. I march for my family and for the science that has led to treatments that have allowed my father to lead a normal life despite his type 2 diabetes. I march because we need to come together as a community to protect the future of science."

 

Cassity Mega, a Cabrillo College student and member of the school's Sustainability Club, is coordinating volunteers for the local March. She says, "This is such a critical time for supporting science: asking the important questions and finding answers. People really do want to make their voices heard!"

 

The March for Science - Santa Cruz invites additional volunteers, partners, and personal statements. For more
information and opportunities to become involved, visit www.marchforsciencesantacruz.org.


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California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) Earth Day Restoration &
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California State Parks Foundation (CSPF)
Volunteers needed to help with: campfire center improvements, habitat restoration, native garden conservation, fence building, t
Date: 04/22/2017 from 9:00am to 1:00pm


(0 Feb 2017) CAStateParksEarthDay.jpgEarth Day 2017 provides an opportunity for all of us to do something meaningful for our planet by giving back to the state parks in our communities. Thousands of volunteers will be needed throughout California to assist with projects such as campfire center improvements, habitat restoration, native garden conservation, fence building, trail maintenance and beach cleanup.

 

We encourage you to join us on this important occasion, to do your part to restore and care for the places where we live, work, and play for this and future generations.

 

Over the past 18 years, 83,785 participants have built bridges, split rail fences and boardwalks, conducted river, lake and beach cleanups, restored trails and habitats with native plants, and installed recycling bins and irrigation systems. These accomplishments would not be possible without the support of our members, park users, dedicated community volunteers and our corporate sponsors, whose generous contributions provide the funding and in-kind support needed to achieve the program's goals.

 

Lighthouse Field State Beach
Volunteers needed: 150
Projects:
Planting and maintenance to support the Santa Cruz Monarch Enhancement Project. Volunteers with plant butterfly friendly native plants and remove invasive plant species at coastal restoration sites

 

Fort Ord Dunes State Park
Volunteers needed: 500
Projects:
Save Our Shores will coordinate multi-site beach cleanup and education events.  Volunteers will remove trash and debris from the beaches, which is critical to maintaining the health of the marine ecosystem and wildlife habitat

 

Half Moon Bay State Beach
Volunteers needed: 220
Projects:

  • Habitat Restoration:  Volunteers will remove non-native plants and, if conditions allow, plant native plants in the coastal dunes and terrace. 
  • Native Plant Landscaping:  Volunteers will remove weeds and enhance the native plant landscaping around the parking lot and group campsite. 
  • Animal-proof Trash Enclosures and Bulk Firewood Boxes:  Volunteers will help construct trash enclosures and campground firewood boxes. 

Natural Bridges State Beach
Volunteers needed: 500
Projects:
Save Our Shores will coordinate multi-site beach cleanup and education events.  Volunteers will remove trash and debris from the beaches, which is critical to maintaining the health of the marine ecosystem and wildlife habitat

 

Moss Landing State Beach
Volunteers needed: 600
Projects:
Bring the beach to the school via PORTS program. Weeklong event will culminate in a cleanup at Yosemite Slough watershed.

 

Salinas River State Beach
Volunteers needed: 500
Projects:
Save Our Shores will coordinate multi-site beach cleanup and education events.  Volunteers will remove trash and debris from the beaches, which is critical to maintaining the health of the marine ecosystem and wildlife habitat

 

Seabright State Beach
Volunteers needed: 500
Projects:
Save Our Shores will coordinate multi-site beach cleanup and education events.  Volunteers will remove trash and debris from the beaches, which is critical to maintaining the health of the marine ecosystem and wildlife habitat

 

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Wildflower Weekend Special Event
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Come and see what's in bloom...Botanist-led wildflower walks at 10am and 1pm
Date: Every day (Apr 22-Apr 23) from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Meets at the Rancho del Oso Nature and

Wildflower Weekend Special Event
Saturday, April 22 from Noon to 4 pm
Sunday, April 23 from Noon to 4 pm

Botanist-led wildflower walks at 10am and 1pm on Saturday & Sunday

Winter rains promise a profusion of spring wildflowers in the Waddell Valley - celebrate their arrival with us at Rancho del Oso's annual Wildflower Weekend. Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center is hosting this botanically captivating event exhibiting a collection of over fifty native plants in flower and several non-native species.

 

Botanist-led wildflower walks will be offered at 10am and 1pm on Saturday and Sunday. This free event is appropriate for all ages.

 

The Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center is located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway 1 in Davenport.


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
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For the Beauty of the Earth - A Choral Concert
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Ariose Singers
A concert celebrating the wonder and tribulations of life on our planet
Date: Every day (Apr 22-Apr 23)
Admission Fees: In advance-$12 General/Senior, $5 Student; Door-$15 General, $12 Senior, $5 Student
Special Instructions: 4/22 at 8:00 pm & 4/23 at 4:00 pm

For the Beauty of the Earth - A Choral Concert

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In the spirit of Earth Day, join Ariose Singers, Santa Cruz's highly regarded chamber choir, for a concert celebrating the wonder and tribulations of life on our planet.

 

Under the direction of new artistic director, Camille Couture, the concert program features Aaron Copland's The Lark as well as Frostiana, Randall Thompson's setting of seven Robert Frost poems.

 


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Kids Food Fest
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Kids FoodFest
Come celebrate eating healthy food
Date: 04/22/2017 from 11:00am to 12:30pm
Admission Fees: $5

Kids Food Fest
FUN, FUN, FUN! Come celebrate eating healthy food: face painting, preparing food, art projects, music, photo booth, roaming veggies, prizes. Charlie Hong Kong is partnering with Life Lab, promoting childrens love of learning healthy food and nature through garden based education.

 

 

 


Location: Charlie Hong Kong, Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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27th Annual Ducky Derby Sponsored by Omega Nu of Santa Cruz
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Omega Nu of Santa Cruz
Race your Duck for prizes and charity at the 27th Annual Ducky Derby
Date: 04/22/2017 from 10:30am to 3:30pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free

Come join the fun at the Ducky Derby and Carnival on Saturday, April 22. Admission is free. The ducks will race rain or shine. If you adopt a duck, you will have a chance to win over 100 prize packages. Fun for the whole family. Adopt at duck at www.duckyderbysantacruz.org


Location: Harvey West Park, 326 Evergreen Street, Santa Cruz Map
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"Vaqueros y Banditos (Cowboys and Bandits)
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Friends of the Santa Cruz State Parks
Get to know the tools of the cattle trade; listen to cowboy songs and tales of infamous bandits...
Date: 04/22/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Join us at Castro Adobe State Historic Park for an open house event, "Vaqueros y Banditos (Cowboys and Bandits)." Located in Larkin Valley, near Watsonville, the two-story Castro Adobe, built between 1848-49, is one of the finest examples of a rancho hacienda in the Monterey Bay area. Open House visitors will be able to tour the property including the restored cocina (kitchen) and the Potter-Church Garden. The garden is a unique outdoor space originally created by then-owners Elizabeth and David Potter (1968-72), in consultation with noted landscape architect Thomas Church.

 

The Castro Adobe connects us to a time when cattle ranching was king on the coast of California. Get to know the tools of the cattle trade; listen to cowboy songs and tales of infamous bandits; relax in the beauty of our garden and ground with spring in full spring. We'll skip rounding up the calves and go straight to the celebration with you as our guests.

 

Free admission (donations gratefully accepted). Parking is limited; carpooling is encouraged. Active construction site, open only during scheduled events like this.


Location: Castro Adobe State Historic Park, 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
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Volunteer for Boys & Girls Clubs Downtown Comcast Cares Day
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Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz
Volunteer for Comcast Cares Day
Date: 04/22/2017 from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

On Earth Day, Comcast California will be partnering with us for a clean-up and beautification day, and you're invited to join us.

It's all part of Comcast Cares Day, the company's annual day of service when Comcast employees, families, and friends partner with local organizations nationwide on projects that benefit the communities where they live and work.

Comcast will be working on a variety of projects to clean, repair, and beautify 16 schools and non-profit organizations-and our Downtown Clubhouse is one of them! Some of the projects we'll be tackling are:
-Cleaning up the garden and repairing the cabinets
-Repainting the main room of the Downtown Clubhouse
-Adding bark to the front planter areas

To sign up email Alexandra at alexandra@boysandgirlsclub.info and fill out our Waiver Form, found on our website. Forms will also be available day-of event.

We hope you'll join us for this special day of volunteer work with Comcast for Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County.


Location: Downtown Clubhouse, 543 Center St., Santa Cruz Map
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Earth Day/Day of the Child
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City of Watsonville
Activities, information and food!
Date: 04/23/2017 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


Earth Day/Day of the Child 12-4pm. You are invited to Watsonville's 15th Annual Earth Day/Day of the Child Festival! Over 50 organizations and community services will join together to celebrate youth and the environment with Watsonville families. Each booth will offer a FREE enjoyable activity for children and may share information about local resources. The main stage features local children's and teen acts. Several food booths will offer affordable options. Watsonville City Plaza, 358 Main St. 768-3107


Location: Watsonville City Plaza, 358 Main St, Watsonville Map
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Kirby School Presents: "9 to 5, The Musical"
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Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School
9 to 5 The Musical Presented by Kirby School
Date: 04/23/2017 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $12 children, students & seniors / $15 adults

This hilarious comedy about three unlikely friends who take control of their office and learn there's nothing they can't do will be presented on April 20th at 7pm, April 21st at 7pm, April 22nd at 7pm, and April 23rd at 2 pm.


Location: Louden Nelson Community Theater, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Chicks in the City, Hens in the Hood
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Quail Hollow Ranch
Learn all about chickens before bringing them home
Date: 04/23/2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: $2/person

Chicks in the City, Hens in the Hood

Thinking of raising chickens at home? There are many decisions to be made: Do you want large or small birds; white, brown, or blue/green eggs; fancy feathered birds; full grown hens or baby chicks; or rescue birds from the Animal Shelter? Candice McLaren will talk about local city codes, types of feed, where to place the coop, predators, and when to expect that first egg! Before you bring those baby chicks home you'll want to know how to prepare their new home, how to keep chicks warm, what to feed them, and how to make their transition from a warm house (yours!) to their new chicken coop outside. You'll also find out why Sunset Magazine calls the chicken coop the new doghouse. For ages 8 & up. Fee: $3.00 per person.

 

Sign-up in advance to reserve your space by calling 831-335-9348

 


Location: 800 Quail Hollow Rd., Felton Map
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Sack Puppet Saturdays
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The Puppetry Institute
Bring yourself and the kids to this free introduction to puppetry
Date: Every Tues from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


Sack Puppet Saturdays 10-11:30am. Every Saturday starting April 22nd. This class is an introduction to basic puppetry design and construction that kids of all ages will enjoy!


Location: The Octagon, 118 Cooper St , Santa Cruz Map
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Sack Puppet Saturdays
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The Puppetry Institute
Date: Every Tues from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


Sack Puppet Saturdays 10-11:30am. Every Saturday starting April 22nd. This class is an introduction to basic puppetry design and construction that kids of all ages will enjoy!


Location: The Octagon, 118 Cooper St , Santa Cruz Map
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Spring Kids Consignment Sale
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Wren & Rhino
Come shop for all your kids needs at our Spring/Summer connsignment sale.
Date: Every day (Apr 27-Apr 29) from 9:00am to 9:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: Free

Wren & Rhino is focused on exceptional-quality kids items. You can expect to find, new and like-new items for a fraction of the cost of retail.

We are open 4/27 & 4/28 from 9 am- 9pm. 4/29 is half price day from 9 am- 1 pm.

Visit our website www.wrenandrhino.org for more info and how to consign with us!


Location: Santa Cruz Fairgrounds - Fine Ar, 2601 E Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
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Lego: Not-So-Simple Machines
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: The 4th Fri of every month at 11:00am
Ages: 9-18

Lego: Not-So-Simple Machines

No Session 11/24

Create Lego devices with gears, levers & pulleys, then motorize them.

Children and Teens ages 9-18.  Limited to 16 participants.

For information call 831-427-7717 or 831-427-7710

 


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High School Art Show
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Santa Cruz Art League
Come see some pretty amazing art by local high school students
Date: Every day (Apr 28-May 21) from 9:00am to 3:30pm


62nd Annual High School Show

Since 1955 the Santa Cruz Art League's High School Show has been providing one of the only professional gallery exhibitions for high school age artists in our county. Students from local public, private, charter, home and at -risk schools are invited to benefit from the Art League's state-of-the-art space and give the audience a preview of the next generation of local artists.

  • Exhibition: April 28, Friday to May 21, Sunday - 2017
  • Reception: May 6, Saturday   3:00pm - 5:00pm

 

 


Location: Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-5787 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
A Stellar Experience - Star Gazing at Quail Hollow
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Quail Hollow Ranch
Star gazing with the pros!
Date: 04/28/2017


A Stellar Experience - Star Gazing at Quail Hollow

Friday, April 28, 7:30 p.m. - midnight and Friday, May 19, 8:00 p.m. - midnight Some people promise the stars; the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club delivers! Come to Quail Hollow Ranch where, gazing up at the night skies, you'll travel through space to see images like the earth's moon and all its craters and mountains, Jupiter and its moons, and the rings of Saturn. Bring your own telescope or just stop by and look through member's telescopes.Dress warmly. Rain or cloudy skies cancels the program. Free! All ages are welcome to attend

 

 


Location: Quail Hollow Ranch, 800 Quail Hollow Rd, Felton Map
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A Concert V: Harmonious Sphere
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Santa Cruz Baroque Festival
A great way to introduce the children to joyful baroque music ...
Date: 04/29/2017 at 7:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10-$35
Special Instructions: Saturday February 25 at 7:30pm and Sunday February 26 at 3:00pm

2017 Season Concerts   Alla Rustica    Celebrating our 44th Season!  Tickets


Concert V: Harmonious Sphere
Saturday April 29 at 7:30pm
Esfera Armoniosa
Holy Cross Church
Experience the North American debut of the renowned Colombian early music group Esfera Armoniosa. Directed by the charismatic Claudia Liliana Gantivar, they will perform folkloric villancicos, psalms, and lamentations from Colonial Latin American archives. Instrumentation includes recorder, Baroque guitar, theorbo, dulcian, and viola de gamba. Trained at European early music conservatories, Esfera Armoniosa appears with support from the Colombian Ministry of Culture.


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Location: UCSC Music Center Recital Hall, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-2159 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Hike to the Lime Kilns
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills of Wilder Ranch State Park
Date: 04/29/2017 at 9:00am

Special Instructions: 6 mile, challenging hike

Hike to the Lime Kilns
Saturday, April 29 at 9am
On this challenging 6 mile hike we will explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills of Wilder Ranch State Park. Meet at the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center. Bring a snack, lunch, water, binoculars, and good walking shoes. Rain cancels.

 


Location: Located two miles north of Santa Cruz, on Highway 1, Santa Cruz Map
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Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire
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Maker Faire
This should be the most fun event of the spring!
Date: 04/29/2017 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: $2 - $16

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects.

 

We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth - a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.

 

Glimpse the future and get inspired!

 

This is a family-friendly event that celebrates the creativity and inventiveness of companies and individuals in the Santa Cruz community. The Mini Maker Faire allows creators and tinkerers to showcase their work to the community, while the public comes to enjoy hands-on, interactive experiences, connect with like-minded people, and to be inspired. Maker Faire supports the ideas of passionate innovation, collaboration and joyful connection with others, and hands-on doing as a way of experiencing the world. Check out www.makerfaire.com for more!


Location: Gateway School, 126 Eucalyptus Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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4th Annual Da de los Ninos Celebration
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Monarch Community School
Monarch Community School Presents the 4th Annual Da de los Nios/Children's Day Celebration
Date: 04/29/2017 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Monarch Community School presents the 4th annual
celebration of Día de los Niños/Children's Day​ on Saturday, April 29, 2017​ from 10 am -2 pm​ at the Branciforte Small Schools Campus. The day is filled with performances, music, games, fun and food. Admission to the event is free. Food and certain games have a nominal fee to raise funds for enrichment activities at the school. Día de los Niños is a popular and important event in many Latin American countries. It is a day to embrace family, friends, neighbors and community. Monarch Community School invites the entire community to join us in sharing this culturally significant and fun filled day!


Location: Branciforte Small Schools Campus, 840 N. Branciforte Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Garden Planting and Wool Day
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Plant a seed , watch shearing and...
Date: 04/29/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Garden Planting and Wool Day
Saturday April 29, 11 am to 3 pm

Imagine yourself at Wilder Ranch in the early part of the 20th century and help plant the heirloom vegetable garden as it would have been circa 1900. Learn from composting demonstrations, obtain gardening information, and participate in garden crafts. If weather is good, arrive early (10 am to noon) to see a sheep- shearing demonstration and find out how wool is processed from “sheep to shawl.” This event is appropriate for all ages.

 


Location: 1401 Coast Rd, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-9703 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Focusing on Flowers - A Photography Hike
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State Park Henry Cowell
Sunlight filtering through the redwoods, a glistening river, and breathtaking views make this hike ideal
Date: 04/30/2017 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

Focusing on Flowers - A Photography Hike
Sunday, April 30 at 1pm


Meet at the Visitor Center (day-use area located off Hwy 9 in Felton)

Bring a snacks to enjoy at the Observation Deck, our half-way point on an approximately 5 mile loop through towering redwoods and rare ancient marine deposits.

 

Additionally, please bring a camera, water, layered clothing, and hiking shoes. Sunlight filtering through the redwoods, a glistening river, and breathtaking views make this hike ideal for beginner and advanced photographers. We will be discussing the natural history of the park in addition to compositional elements.

 

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
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Snapshot Day Training
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Coastal Watershed Council
The Coastal Watershed Council welcomes you to become a water quality monitoring volunteer! Training begins April 30th.
Date: 04/30/2017
Ages: Ten and up Admission Fees: Free

Hands on science! Learn about and keep our water clean! Families are welcome. Training will take place on Sunday, April 30th and the Snapshot Day event will happen on Saturday, May 6th. Sign up here: https://coastal-watershed.org/what-we-do/science-monitoring/snapshot-day/

 

Connect with your inner scientist

As a Snapshot Day volunteer you'll be trained by professional scientists to mon! itor temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, electrical conductivity and transparency in the field. You'll also learn how to properly collect water samples for laboratory analysis of nutrient and bacteria levels. The valuable data collected by Snapshot Day volunteers is used to drive action for clean water. Together with local experts and our partners in government, CWC uses that data to drive improvements in our stormwater infrastructure and also manage erosion and stormwater runoff which are threats to clean water.

 

Snapshot Day is the oldest and largest single-day annual water quality monitoring event in California.

On the first Saturday in May each year hundreds of volunteers join the Coastal Watershed Council and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary staff to take a "snapshot" of the health of rivers and streams flowing into the Sanctuary.

This favorite event draws people of all ages from all over California's Central Coast to collect scientifically valid water quality data and to learn more about their local watersheds. Data from field measurements and lab analysis are collected and analyzed to determine the biggest threats to water quality and best management practices to address them.

 

A family tradition

Since 1999 volunteers have been testing water quality for Snapshot Day. That's nearly two decades of water quality monitoring that gives Santa Cruz and surrounding counties a look into what's affecting the health of rivers, creeks, streams and the Monterey Bay. Over the years, volunteers have signed up time and time again to participate in this beloved event.


Location: Santa Cruz Harbor Community Roo, 135 5th Ave., Santa Cruz Map
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Within These Walls: Ghosts of the Past at Quail Hollow Ranch
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Quail Hollow Ranch
Tour and learn history of Quail Hollow Ranch House
Date: 04/30/2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm


Within These Walls: Ghosts of the Past at Quail Hollow Ranch

Do you enjoy looking through old buildings, learning about their stories? Join Park Docent, Richard James, on a tour through the Quail Hollow Ranch house. Learn about its history from the Watermelon King to Sun-Kissed Ranch, Sunset Magazine, and beyond. This informative tour will give you the opportunity to find out about four of the families who made the ranch their business, home, and haven. All ages are welcome to attend. Sign up by calling 831- 335-9348.


Location: 800 Quail Hollow Road, Felton Map
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Film: The True Cost
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Library Central
A story about the true cost of clothing.
Date: 04/30/2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

SCPL NewsThis is a story about clothing. It's about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

 

Henry Schwab, CEO/CFO of Synergy Organic Clothing will be talking about their alternative clothing production model after the film. We'll also supply attendees with information about sustainable clothing.

 

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world's leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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