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Annual Santa Cruz Band Review
Great fun watching teen bands march and play!
10/21/2017 from 9:00am to 2:00pm
Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map

(0 Sept 2017) BeachBoardwalk_BandReview7.jpgEnjoy the colorful parade as junior high and high school bands hit the streets for the ONLY marching band competition with warm sand, cool surf and hot rides!

55 school marching bands from all over Northern California will be judged in categories such as music, showmanship and marching.

 

Come early and cheer for your hometown favorites, all Boardwalk rides are open from 11am to 7pm!

 

Note: There will be some restricted street parking and minor detours near the Boardwalk during the Band Review, but all Boardwalk parking lots will be open.

 

Parade Route

The entire parade route is now in the area adjacent to the Boardwalk with easy bus drop-off and more time for students to enjoy the Boardwalk.

2015 Parade Route Map

 

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

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


Location: East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •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
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/

#VolunteersRock #HangWithDogs #PlayWithCats #WorkThatMatters #BeachBounding #ParkParading #AdoptMe #Volunteer #Orientation #SCSPCA #SantaCruzSPCA


Location: 2685 Chanticleer Avenue, 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
SPIN Family Support Meeting
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SPIN
All Disabilities Parent Support Group
Date: The 3rd Su of every month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Special Parents Information Network, SPIN

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

 

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

 

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

Child care will not be provided at these meetings.


See you soon! Nancy Winans, SPIN Mentor Program Coordinator

 

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


Location: Sutter Maternity and Surgery Cen, 2900 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.423-7713 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Watsonville Open Streets
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Open Streets Santa Cruz County
Enjoy a fun event with family friendly activities on the streets
Date: 05/21/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm

Special Instructions: Brennan/Union St. from Callaghan Park (Freedom Blvd.) to the City Plaza

Open Streets Watsonville will be held in the historic downtown Watsonville on Brennan/Union St. from Callaghan Park (Freedom Blvd.) to the City Plaza. Come out and enjoy the car-free Pop-up Street Park with free activities and performances!

Open Streets Santa Cruz County's mission is to promote alternative transportation and healthy communities. Interested in sponsoring or hosting an activity? Email julia@bikesantacruzcounty.org.

 


Location: downtown, Watsonville 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
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate 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
Twilight Adaptation Adventure
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State Park Big Basin
Come test your nocturnal abilities on this fun, 1.5-hour, half-mile walk
Date: Every Su (Aug 6-Aug 13) at 7:30pm
Ages: Able to do 3.5 mile hike

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


Location: Highway 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
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
Paws in the Park Series Kickoff
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Coastal Wattershed Council
Enjoy the sweet sounds of Pat Hull, The Painted Horses and The Monets
Date: 05/21/2017 from 10:00am to 11:30am
Admission Fees: $10

Paws in the Park Series Kickoff

 

May 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Join 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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"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

 

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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
Hike4Peace
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Tara Redwood School & Land of Medicine Buddha
Inaugural Hike4Peace - Come together for positive action and interaction!
Date: 05/21/2017 from 11:00am to 4:30pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: FREE

Tara Redwood School will host its Inaugural Annual Hike 4 Peace and Community Gathering at our beautiful Land of Medicine Buddha. The entire event is FREE and everyone is invited to join. This is a community event intended to bring the entire community together for positive action and interaction! We believe it is important, now more than ever, to create opportunities for people to come together in a positive way. Our intention is to gather as a community to generate peace and compassion for all.
We hope you will join us in creating a peaceful and powerful day.


Location: Hike4Peace, Land of Medicine Buddha 5800 Prescott Rd, Soquel, CA 95073, Soquel Map
Phone: (831) 475-0201 •website Soquel create a direct event link
Art in the Arboretum
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
Highlights of this exhibition include gigantic woven nests, ceramic fields of wild mustard, concrete Eucalyptus seedpods with en
Date: Every day (May 20-Nov 17)
Admission Fees: $5 for Adults and $2 for Children (6 to 17 years old), and free under 6
Special Instructions: open from 9:00 to 5:00, except July 4, Thanksgiving Day, December 25-26 & 30-31, and January 1-6.

Opening for next Art in the Arboretum Exhibit: 
Environmental Installations.
Saturday, May 20, 3-6pm
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Environmental Installations


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Art in the Arboretum: Environmental Installations

May 20 to November 17, 2017
Opening reception May 20 from 3 to 6 pm
Free Event for Members; Free with Admission Fee to Public; Free Parking

Highlights of this exhibition include gigantic woven nests, ceramic fields of wild mustard, concrete Eucalyptus seedpods with enormous steel leaves, a series of walk-through concentric circles inspired by the Protea flower, and more. Read more on the exhibit.

 

For more information  contact:
Jennifer Macotto, Arboretum Director of Development  831.502.2303 / jmaccotto@ucsc.edu
Susana Arias, Curator 831.566.6607 / susanaariasarts@gmail.com

 

  • The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden is open from 9:00 to 5:00, except July 4, Thanksgiving Day, December 25-26 & 30-31, and January 1-6. A visit is worthwhile any time of the year.
  • $5 for Adults and $2 for Children (6 to 17 years old), and free under 6.
  • Free to those going only to shop at Norrie's.
  • Free to UCSC students

Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Calendar Contest
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Elkhorn Slough
Elkhorn Slough Calendar Photography Contest
Date: Every day (Apr 22-Nov 18)
Admission Fees: (Fee event: ESF Non-member $40/Member $35)

Elkhorn Slough Calendar Photography Contest

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Location: Porter Ranch, 1700 Elkhorn Rd, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 728-2822 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Monet: The Early Years
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Legion of Honor Museum
This exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Monet's mastery before Impressionism, and includes paintings
Date: Every day (Feb 25-May 29)


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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


Location: 100 34th Avenue and Clement Street, San Francisco Map
Phone: (415) 750-3600 •website San Franciscocreate a direct event link
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
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
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
Science Sunday
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join us on the third Sunday of every month (except December) for a public lecture from a marine scientist
Date: The 3rd Su of every month at 1:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free with admission
Special Instructions: We are located at the end of Delaware Avenue.

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

 

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

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

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


Location: La Feliz room, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate 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
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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12th Annual VIVE OAXACA GUELAGUETZA
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Harbor Hgh
An authentic cultural festival with food, music, dance, music, and crafts
Date: 05/21/2017 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: ALL

Come spend a day in Oaxaca!

12th Annual VIVE OAXACA GUELAGUETZA

 

The Vive Oaxaca Guelaguetza is an authentic cultural festival with food, music, dance, music, and crafts presented the third Sunday each May at Harbor High School. This local festival is like the traditional fiestas celebrated each July in Oaxaca, Mexico. Guelaguetza is a Zapotec word that means "a commitment of sharing and cooperation." Guelaguetza is a celebration that honors the gods for sufficient rainfall and a bountiful harvest.

 


Location: La Fonda, 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: See details for dates/times

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

 

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


 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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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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Animal Advocates Afterschool Club
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Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
Club offers opportunities for young animal lovers
Date: Every day

Special Instructions: Starts up in October

Animal Advocates Afterschool Club

Youth Service Clubs at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter


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

 

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


Kids Animal Advocates (1st - 5th graders)

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

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

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

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Youth Animal Advocates (5th - 9th graders)

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

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

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

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


Location: 2200 7th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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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
Phone: (415) 661-1316 •website San Franciscocreate a direct event link
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