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Summit for the Planet Earth Day Celebration
Join us for an amazing Learning Expo & fun-filled day!
04/28/2018 from 9:00am to 1:30pm
Location: 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna Map

an eco-carnival and e-waste event

"The annual Summit for the Planet connects the MMS school community with local area organizations and businesses supporting the environment and teaching young people the importance of stewardship," commented MMS Head of School Mary Supriya McDonald. "The walk-a-thon is a way for our school to raise funds and awareness, and a day of play and fun for families and all the visitors who join us on the mountaintop."

 

(AA Summit) SummitBlast_RunningBuddies.jpgHosted by Mount Madonna School, 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna. Registration and information at SummitforthePlanet.org

 

(Schedule subject to change)

9:30 - 10:00am: Registration
Students Perform

Students Perform
9:45 am: Walkers Stretch

10:00 am: Walk-a-thon begins

10:30-11:00: Walkers Return

11:05 pm: Songs by the MMS student choirs

11:15 pm: Award Ceremony and Sponsor Recognition

11:30 pm: Carnival Opens!
Trash Fashion Show

Trash Fashion Show
11:35 pm: Solar Car Race

12:00 pm: Trash Fashion Show

12:20 pm: Entertainment
(Live music, dancers, and more)

1:30 pm: Event Concludes

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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


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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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Salvador Dali Museum
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Dali17 Museum
The exhibition will be the largest collection of Daliís 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
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)


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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
Phone: (415) 750-3600 •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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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

Click here for further information and to register!



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

Click here for further information and to register!


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

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

 

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


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


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Walking Tour Fisherman's Wharf
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Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf Association
Walk and talk: History of Sardine Fishing
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: 10+ Admission Fees: $15-20

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

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

 

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

 

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


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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

Navigating t! he Garden

 

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
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FIRST NIGHT MONTEREY
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First Night Monterey
Dance, play, act, perform, create and sing our way into 2018!
Date: Every day (Dec 17-Jan 1) from 3:00pm to 12:01am
Admission Fees: $0 - $20

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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


Location: Historic Downtown, Alvarez St, Monterey Map
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Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: Every Su and Sa from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Weekends from 11:00am-3:00pm, tours of the ranch houses at 1:00pm

Wilder Ranch Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water-powered machine shop, barns and other historic buildings. Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

Call (831) 426-0505 for more details.


Location: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
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Guided Redwood Grove Walks
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure - ask any questions you may have
Date: Every Su and Sa at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10
Special Instructions: Saturdays at 11 am & 2 pm

Guided Redwood Grove Walks

Saturdays at 11 am & 2 pm

How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Answer these questions and more every Saturday and Sunday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable docents will lead you through our magnificent old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the Visitors Center in the Day Use area of Henry Cowell off of HWY 9, at 101 N. Big Trees Park Road in Felton.

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
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Adoption Fair
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Pet Pals
Date: Every Sa from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


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

  PET PALS
  3660 Soquel Drive
‚Äč  Soquel, CA


Location: 3660 Soquel Drive, Soquel Map
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Contra Dancing
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Santa Cruz Dance
Contra dancing for beginners and experienced dancers
Date: The 1st Su of every month at 7:00pm
Ages: 7+ Admission Fees: $6-$10

Our Next Dance!

Erik Hoffman (caller)

Erik Hoffman calls to tunes played by Luke Abbott and Daniel Steinberg.

Luke Abbott (fiddle) and Daniel Steinberg (piano)

 

About Our Contra Dances

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 (read more).

 

Dances coming up:

  • Thursday, April 19.  Dancing in the Street, downtown Santa Cruz, ~7:30. Dancers needed for a 10-minute public contra dance demo! Email tdscnews@gmail.com or see Deb McArthur at the April 8 dance.  
  • Friday, April 27, 7-10, Live Oak Grange. Jean Gibson-Gorrindo calls to the music of BLAM! (Marta Lynch, Bob Silberstein, Elizabeth Todd). 
  • Sunday, May 13, 6-9, Veterans Memorial Building.  Andy Shore calls to the music of Pat and Possom (Charlie Waldon, Pat Plunkett).

Nearby dances

 

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

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

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

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


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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
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Sunday Seaside Crafts
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join us with your small fry every Sunday for hands-on fun!
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Kids and up Admission Fees: General admission fees apply.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Sponsored by: Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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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
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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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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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Knitting @ the Library
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Library Scotts Valley
Learn to knit
Date: Every Mon from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 8 & up Admission Fees: Free

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


Location: 230-D Mount Hermon Road Kings Village Shopping Center, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 831-427-7712 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
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
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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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
Phone: 831-661-4771 •website La Selva Beachcreate a direct event link
Felton Farmers Market
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Felton Certified Farmers Market
Produce and fruit, fish, bread, wine, and an array of prepared foods, a community table and entertainment by local artists
Date: Every Tues from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Open May through November

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

 

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


Location: Hwy 9, St. John's Church parking lot
Phone: 425-3331 •website Felton create a direct event link
Mind Craft
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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
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
Exploring Big Basin
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State Park Big Basin
Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, history and more on these fun, varied hikes
Date: Every Tues from 9:00am to 10:30am
Admission Fees: Free

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


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831)338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
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
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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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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
Phone: (888) 424-8035 •website Capitola create 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
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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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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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 Cafť 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
Girls Night Out
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Art Factory
Treat yourself to some time with the girls, wine and cheese and a create evening. Call Yvette for schedule!
Date: Every Fri from 7:00pm to 9:00pm


Friday Night Girl's Night Out!

 

Bring friends, make friends! Join us on a Friday evenings to learn the art of needle felting, miniature fairy/succulent gardens, painting/collage or to create a vision board to launch you into the next phase of your life. These inspiring evenings will provide you with detailed instruction, delightful company and an art piece to take home with you!

 

If you would like to book a private GNO with your group of 5 or more, please call The Art Factory to make arrangements. We will cover any of the mediums listed above or will customize the project to your request.

 

Call Yvette at The Art Factory for more information and to reserve space! 831-688-8862


Location: Redwood Village #15, 9099 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: 831-688-8862 •website Aptos create a direct event link
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
Bunny Bash 2018
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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: $5 donation

Hop on over to the mall for a fun-for-the-whole-family celebration. Meet the Easter Bunny and the Easter Fairies, and enjoy an afternoon of fun activities including face painting, balloon twisters, crafts, and more. This event benefits Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services.

 


Location: 1855 41st Avenue, Capitola Map
Phone: (831) 476-9616 •website Capitola 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
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
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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Historical Aircraft Display
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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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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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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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New Mommy Musical Meet-UP
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MusicalMe, Inc
Join us every 2nd Monday for our "New Mommy Musical Meet-Up"!
Date: The 2nd Mon of every month from 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Ages: birth - 12months Admission Fees: FREE!

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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


Location: Native Son's Hall, 239 High Street, Santa Cruz Map
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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
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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
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Club Kanopy
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Library Boulder Creek
Fun, thoughtful, dramatic, or important movie screenings with some discussion afterward
Date: The 2nd Th of every month (Jan 14-Jun 14) from 5:30pm to 7:30pm


Club Kanopy is a movie club that screens quality films from SCPL's hottest movie platform, Kanopy. Join us monthly for fun, thoughtful, dramatic, or important movie screenings with some discussion afterward.

 

Starts January 11 • Every 2nd Thursday of the month, 5:30 - 7:30pm

 

January 11- Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Watch Trailer here: https://youtu.be/n8Xvsjy57X0
February 8- Mother of George (2013) (rated R)
March 8- Gold (2014)
April 12- East Side Sushi (2015)
May 10- The Beautiful Fantastic (2016)
June 14- Almost Adults (2017)

Can't make it to the club? Stream Kanopy movies anytime with your library card and PIN/Password from home!


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

Spokesman Bicycles Free Maintenance Class

3rd Saturday of every month, 10AM

Spokesman Bicycles, Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz, CA

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Location: Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz Map
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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
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Cleanup Beaches with Save Our Shores
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Save Our Shores
Join us for fun, free, easy way to give back to your community by keeping pollution from entering the Monterey Bay National Mari
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All ages welcomed!

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

For more information, contact cleanup@saveourshores.org.

 


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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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"Vaqueros y Bandidos (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 Bandidos (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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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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Calendar Contest
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Elkhorn Slough
Elkhorn Slough Calendar Photography Contest
Date: Every day (Apr 22-Nov 18)
Admission Fees: (Fee event: ESF Non-member $40/Member $35)

Elkhorn Slough Calendar Photography Contest

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Location: Porter Ranch, 1700 Elkhorn Rd, Watsonville Map
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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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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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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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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
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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

Gardening and Wool Day

Saturday April 28 from 11am to 3pm

Celebrate spring and help us plant the organic heirloom vegetable garden at Wilder Ranch State Park. The garden helps bring the c.1900 dairy ranch atmosphere to life. Plant and bring home your own heirloom bean in a paper pot, and enjoy living history demonstrations, sheep shearing at 10:30am, wool spinning, and more. All ages event. Bring a pair of gardening gloves and sun hat.  Snacks, drinks, tools and seedlings are provided. For more information, call (831) 426-0505. Event is free; day-use vehicle fee is $10. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: 1401 Coast Rd, 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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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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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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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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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
Phone: (831) 464-9200 •websitecreate a direct event link
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