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Paws in the Park Series
Paws in the Park is organized to encourage people and pets to exercise at the Santa Cruz Riverwalk, a city park along the lower
The 3rd Su of every month (May 21-Sep 24) from 10:00am to 11:30am
Location: Riverwalk, Gateway Plaza by PetSmart, Santa Cruz Map

(0 May 2017) PAWSinthePark_DogsPeople.jpgJoin Coastal Watershed Council, Woofpack and BirchBark Foundation in the kickoff event of Paws in the Park dog walk series. In it's third year, the Paws in the Park is organized to encourage people and pets to exercise at the Santa Cruz Riverwalk, a city park along the lower San Lorenzo River in downtown Santa Cruz.

 

Walks will occur on the third Sunday of each month May through September. The meeting location is along the Riverwalk at Gateway Plaza by PetSmart on River St. in Santa Cruz. Walks begin at 10:00 a.m. with rules, directions and free training advice from Woofpack.

 

Participants will then walk a 1.5 mile loop around the Riverwalk at a leisurely pace. All dogs must be well behaved and on 6 foot leashes in compliance with park rules.

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Wool, Spinning, and Weaving
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State Park Mission
Follow the path of wool from the sheep to the shirt...spin your own wool
Date: 05/20/2017 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Wool, Spinning, and Weaving at the Santa Cruz Mission
How did an isolated settlement clothe the hundreds of people who lived there? Take an in depth look at the cloth industry of Mission Santa Cruz. We will follow the path of wool from the sheep to the shirt. You will have the chance to try your hand at a drop spindle and spin your own wool. Rain or Shine.


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.425-5849 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Free First Friday
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Enjoy our intertidal touch pool, large-screen microscope, and geology exhibit and "dig pit".
Date: Every day from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: FREE

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


Location: East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Guided Redwood Grove Walks
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure - ask any questions you may have
Date: Every Su and Sa at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10
Special Instructions: Saturdays at 11 am & 2 pm

Guided Redwood Grove Walks

Saturdays at 11 am & 2 pm

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

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Getting to know Arana Gulch: Guided Hike
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Learn more about organic farming practices and current science behind organic products
Date: 05/20/2017 from 9:30am to 11:30am
Admission Fees: $15 General | $10 Children | 50% off for Museum Members

Getting to know Arana Gulch: Guided Hike

Pre-registration required. Click Here to register
Arana Gulch Park is a beautiful green space and rare sanctuary for coastal terrace prairie. On this guided hike learn about recent efforts to restore and conserve this unique habitat from restoration ecologists, and meet the flora and fauna of this rich landscape. This is a family-friendly hike and will include hands-on activities, tools for exploration, and a fun craft to celebrate spring!

 

Registration is required-the meeting location will be shared in your confirmation email. This is a 1.25 mile long walk along a mostly paved or packed trail. Please wear sturdy shoes. We recommend that you bring layers, sun protection, and water.


Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Take the Dogs Out!
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SPCA
Hang out with adoptable dogs
Date: Every day from 9:00am to 3:00pm


(0 May 2017) SPCA_ThreeGuysSixDogs.jpgSanta Cruz SPCA Just three guys and their adoptable fur-iends hanging out in the shade on a beautiful day! Our lucky pups get to bound around on the beach and parade through the park every week because of our wonderful volunteers. During these outings, not only do the dogs have tons of fun, but they attract a lot of adoption attention/interest with those bright yellow adopt-me leash flags! An out of shelter field trip has led to more than a few forever homes :)

Wanna become a volunteer? We've got orientation dates open in June and July! Get yourself signed up online :)
https://spcasc.org/events/general-volunteer-orientation/

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Location: 2685 Chanticleer Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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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


(A June) GlaumChickensDancing.jpgGlaum Egg Ranch

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

 

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

 

Glaum Egg Ranch Machine Hours

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

 

100% Cage Free & Organic California Family Farm Eggs

 

Ranch Store Hours

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


Location: 3100 Valencia Rd, Aptos Map
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High School Art Show
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Santa Cruz Art League
Come see some pretty amazing art by local high school students
Date: Every day (Apr 28-May 21) from 9:00am to 3:30pm


62nd Annual High School Show

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

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

 

 


Location: Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-5787 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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Coastal Watershed Council
Join us for service demos, live music, food, games, prizes and more
Date: 05/20/2017 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Join the Coastal Watershed Council in celebrating the 8th anniversary of Santa Cruz Core Fitness + Rehab. With a location right along the Santa Cruz Riverwalk and a team of friendly, talented staff that love the San Lorenzo River, we couldn't be more thrilled to invite you to celebrate this local business.

 

Join us for service demos, live music, food, games, prizes and more on Saturday, May 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Santa Cruz CORE at 317 Potrero St. Suite C, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

 

Benefits from the party will support the Coastal Watershed Councils' work to reconnect a healthy San Lorenzo River watershed to a vibrant community. Join us and enter the raffle for a chance to win a year of free massage and so much more.

 


Location: CORE, 317 Potrero St., Santa Cruz Map
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Blast from the Past
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SLV Museum
Learn about the great explosion of 1898!
Date: Every day (Feb 18-Oct 8)
Admission Fees: free, donations appreciated
Special Instructions: Opening Reception: February 25, 2017 2-4pm

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 


Location: 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8382 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Waddell Valley Watercolor Workshop Series
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State Park Rancho del Oso
A four-day watercolor workshop series for beginner and intermediate artists.
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month (Feb 18-May 20) at 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Meets at the Rancho del Oso Nature and

Waddell Valley Watercolor Workshop Series

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Saturday, February 18 at 10 a.m.

Saturday, March 18 at 10 a.m.

Saturday, April 15 at 10 a.m.

Saturday, May 20 at 10 a.m.


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


Location: Waddell Valley, 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
Phone: (831) 427-2288 •website Davenport create a direct event link
EAT LIKE A GREEK Food Faire
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Greek Orthodox Church
Enjoy authentic, handcrafted Greek Food and Desserts
Date: Every day (May 19-May 21)
Admission Fees: Free admission

Eat Like a Greek Food Faire 2017

Come Enjoy our 11th Annual Greek Food Faire

Please join us for our annual Eat Like a Greek Food Faire, a three-day celebration of Greek culture, delicious food, and live music on May 19, 20, and 21 at the Mediterranean courtyard at Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, located at 223 Church Street, downtown Santa Cruz. Visitors will have a chance to taste many Greek specialties.

Enjoy live Greek music performed by The Spartan Band throughout the three-day event. Bring friends and family, sit in the sunshine in the courtyard, and relax Greek style! Our Greek taverna features imported Greek spirits, wine, and beer, as well as local selections. Feel like dancing? Push a few chairs aside and enjoy yourself! New this year - FREE Wi-Fi will be available throughout the event!

Come live and Eat Like a Greek for a weekend!

 

1st Day May 19, 5 pm to 10 pm
2nd Day May 20, 11 am to 10 pm
3rd Day May 21, 12 pm to 7 pm


Location: Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Chu, 223 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.429.6500 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Abalone Camping Adventure Sonoma Coast
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Adventure Sports Unlimited Adventure Travel
Camping and abalone diving/feasting... what could be better?
Date: Every day (May 18-May 21) at 3:00pm
Ages: Ages 3 and up

Abalone Camping Adventure Sonoma Coast


Adventure Sports Unlimited (ASU) has orchestrated family camping trips that involve wonderful environments that deliver sumptuous seafood for great gourmet gatherings forever.  We got too constrained with life and the retirement of certain venues and put these ventures on hold.  Last year we decided they were just too fun to leave out of our adventure program.  

 

As a forager, you are aware that Northern California is home of one of the world's most exotic seafood treats-giant snails-the Red Abalone.  Now there are abalone throughout the planet but none you can produce into steaks. Imagine succulent snail steaks!  We can coat them and cook them in garlic butter with a hint of lemon or make crepes filled with lobster-yum!  

 

And the place where it is legal to forage is on the picturesque California north coast with redwoods perched on granite crags abutting the rugged coast.  ASU will orchestrate camping at Ocean Cove situated on the cliffs of this most magnificent seascape, provide a kitchen worthy of gourmet preparations, and provide staff to aid in the sequester of succulent snail.  

 

We term the venture a Family Style Adventure (FSA) in which all work together to make epic things happen.  Your job is to bring camping paraphernalia, be responsible for personal camping fees & licenses, abalone foraging stuff, work in groups to create splendid meal, and luxuriate by firelight in this most beautiful space.  This venture will be one your whole family will cherish and leave you with your sole refreshed!

 

  Kitchen * Dining Area * Indian Sauna * Fireside Chats * Foraging Guides * Gourmet Coaches * Beautiful North California Seascape * $25/person/day


Location: 303 Potrero St #15, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 458-3648 •websitecreate a direct event link
Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
A moveable feast of fresh, locally grown produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats and poultry, baked goods, music and good comp
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed and Sa
Ages: All

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Location: 2801 Mission St, Santa Cruz Map
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Salvador Dali Museum
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Dali17 Museum
The exhibition will be the largest collection of Dali’s art on the West Coast and will feature over 300 originals.
Date: Every day

Special Instructions: Call for hours

Dali17 Museum is Open

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Location: Museum of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey Map
Phone: 831-372-2608 •website Monterey create a direct event link
"Annie jr."
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Santa Cruz Performing Arts
Influential companies and speakers from the world of aerial robotics and commercial drones
Date: Every day (May 19-May 21)

Special Instructions: May 19th - 7pm, May 20th - 2pm or 7pm, May 21st - 2pm

 

"Annie jr." Tickets on Sale Now!

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Annie tickets on sale now

Performance Dates:
May 19th - 7pm,   May 20th - 2pm or 7pm,   May 21st - 2pm

Location:
Santa Cruz Veterans's Memorial Building, 846 Front St., Santa Cruz, CA

 


Location: Veterans's Memorial Building, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (408) 438-0012 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Endangered Species Weekend
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San Francisco Zoo
Did you know SF Zoo has dozens of threatened and endangered animals? We're celebrating all of them and raising awareness about E
Date: Every day (May 19-May 21)

Special Instructions: Sloat Blvd at Great highway

Endangered Species Weekend

 

What do black rhinos, tigers, and lowland gorillas have in common? They're all endangered species and animals you can find at SF Zoo!  Did you know SF Zoo has dozens of threatened and endangered animals? We're celebrating all of them and raising awareness about Endangered Species Day (Friday, May 19) from Friday-Sunday. Conservation is at the heart of the Zoo's mission and you're invited to learn the importance of protecting endangered species as well as everyday actions you can take to help protect them. 

 

There are many opportunities to learn about conservation at the Zoo! 

 

Print the "Endangered Species Resource Guide" (coming soon) with a listing of endangered animals at SF Zoo and go around to visit them all.  Stop and listen to Keeper Talks taking place throughout the day.  Learn through touch and ask questions of an expert at one of the many biofacts stations displaying animal bones, skulls, furs and more. 


Pick up endangered species informational cards with animal fun facts. 


Keeper Talks

  • 10:15: Red Panda
  • 11:00/2:30: Big Cats
  • 12:00: Fishing Cat (Saturday and Sunday only)
  • 12:00 Greater one-horned rhino (Saturday and Sunday only)
  • 12:30: Black rhino (Friday only)
  • 12:45: Sifaka
  • 3:00: Chimpanzee

Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco Map
Phone: (415) 753-7080 •website San Franciscocreate a direct event link
The Art of Nature
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Come see the art of California artists who bring science to life through art in our beloved annual Art of Nature exhibit
Date: Every day (Apr 8-Jun 18)
Admission Fees: $12 General | $6 Children | Members 50% off

The Art of Nature

April 8 – June 18th

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

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

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

 

Exhibit Artists: 

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


Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural His, 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Seahorse Swim School's Free Swim Lessons
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Seahorse Swim School
Free Swim Lessons
Date: 05/20/2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: free

(0 April 2017) seahorsefreeswimMay20.jpgParents are invited to bring their children to Seahorse Swim School's free swim lessons at the Seascape Sports Club.

 

This is a good opportunity for kids to "get their feet wet" or improve their swimming skills.

 

It is also a great opportunity for parents to learn more about Seahorse Swim School's Spring and Summer classes, including the Junior Guard program and meet the certified instructors and owner, Tiffany Harmon.


Location: Seascape Sports Club, Aptos, 1505 Seascape Blvd, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 688-1993 •website Aptos create a direct event link
2017 Open Houses Castro Adobe
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State Park Castro Adobe
Join us for this easy guided walk to hear the stories of the Pájaro Valley’s past.
Date: Every day (Mar 18-Dec 30) from 11:00am to 3:00pm

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

2017 Open House days at Castro Adobe

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

 

The open houses will be 11am to 3pm

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

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

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

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


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-335-6318 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
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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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 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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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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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
Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!
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State Park Big Basin
Explore the parks less traveled backcountry,
Date: Every Su, Mon and Sa (May 6-May 29) at 12:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: 5/6, 13, 21, 29

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!
Saturday, May 6 at noon
AND Saturday, May 13 at noon
AND Sunday, May 21 at noon
AND Monday, May 29 at noon
Explore the park's less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike is individually tailored to your group. Based on group size, experience level and weather conditions, we'll choose from the many trails that explore our most scenic areas. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Movie at the Mission: Disney's "The Brave Little Toaster"
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State Parks Mission
Movie at the Mission: Disney's "The Brave Little Toaster"
Date: 05/20/2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks kicks off summer special events with Movie at the Mission featuring Disney's "The Brave Little Toaster".

"The Brave Little Toaster" is the story of a group of outdated appliances whose home is about to be sold to new owners. Led by the loyal toaster, they embark on a journey in search for their original owner. The appliances battle the wildness of swamps, city streets and junkyards, and, in the process, learn that they are worth more than their rusty parts.

Doors for this free event open at 7 p.m. and the show will start at 8:30 p.m. Families are invited to come early with a picnic to enjoy before the show. Please bring low chairs or blankets to sit on. There will be a cash-only snack bar offering popcorn, cookies, hot apple cider, lemonade and a toast bar, complete with toppings. Proceeds benefit the Santa Cruz Mission.

The movie is suitable for all ages. Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is at 144 School St. in Santa Cruz.


Location: Mission State Park, 144 School Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Redwood Grove Loop Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: Every Su and Sa
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Every Saturday and Sunday at 11 and 2

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

July
Every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 2 pm
AND Monday, July 3 at 11 am and 2 pm
AND Tuesday, July 4 at 11 am and 2 pm
AND Wednesday, July 5 at 11 am and 2 pm
AND Thursday, July 13 at 11 am and 2 pm
AND Thursday, July 20 at 11 am and 2 pm


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Annual Spring Yard Sale
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Santa Cruz Montessori
Savvy shoppers will be able to bag bargains at Santa Cruz Montessori's Spring Yard Sale
Date: 05/20/2017 from 8:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free

Savvy shoppers will be able to bag bargains at Santa Cruz Montessori's Spring Yard Sale, scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017. Montessori parents are hosting the event at the school's main campus at 6230 Soquel Drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.


All proceeds from the sale will go to support the school's financial aid program. "Fifty percent of our families receive scholarships to our school," says SCM Director Kim Saxton. "Santa Cruz Montessori is committed to supporting a diverse student body through its financial aid program - and our annual yard sale raises critical funds for this program."


Last year, the successful Spring Yard Sale raised much needed funds for the program. This year organizers are hoping to surpass last year's amount. In addition to high quality children's clothes and toys, shoppers will find a wide selection of strollers, bicycles, kitchen appliances, electronics, books, sporting goods, tools, furniture, men's and women's clothing - and one of-a-kind items.


For more information about the sale, or to donate items, call 831-476-1646. Santa Cruz Montessori is a non-profit school founded in 1964. It currently serves 290 students from preschool through junior high.


Location: Santa Cruz Montesorri School, 6230 Soquel Drive , Aptos Map
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Goat Hill Fair
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Goat Hill Fair
Goat Hill is a unique antiques and artisan fair with over 100 vendors!
Date: Every day (May 20-May 21) from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: $10 at the door

Goat Hill is a unique antiques and artisan fair with over 100 vendors!  

 

What better way to spend some time than road tripping to a vacation destination? Head west to the coast of Central California -}  stop in for a full day of vintage hunting, and then cruise a couple miles to the sand 'n sun of Santa Cruz (and environs). Great way to treat yourself! Special girls-getaway! Memorable Mother's Day gift! Delightful couple quality time!

 

One month from now ~ on May 20th & 21st ~ the Santa Cruz Fairgrounds gates will be open to our guests. Still time to cure some wanderlust! Make a plan.... mark the calendar and head to our website to grab some Early Goat tickets! There are a limited number available.

 

See you soon.. with those happy, relaxed looks of vacationing joy on your faces!

 

Early Goat Tickets


Location: Santa CruzCounty Fairgrounds, 2601 E Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
Phone: (408) 221-5054 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Adoption Fair
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Pet Pals
Date: Every Sa from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


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

  PET PALS
  3660 Soquel Drive
​  Soquel, CA


Location: 3660 Soquel Drive, Soquel Map
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Kaiwa Open Studio and Play Time!
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Kaiwa Art & Play Space
Date: Every Fri and Sa from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: 3-12 Admission Fees: $15/hr
Special Instructions: Pre-registration required

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

 


Location: 185 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 316-0918 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Work, Potluck & Dance
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Pie Ranch
Pie Ranch Community Work Day, potluck dinner, and rollicking barn dance in the roadside barn
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month at 2:00pm


WORK DAY & BARN DANCE

Next is Saturday, July 16th

 

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2:00pm / Work Day

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

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

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

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


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

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

 

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

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

 

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


Location: 2080 Cabrillo Highway, Pescadero Map
Phone: (650) 879-0995 •website Davenport create a direct event link
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