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Holiday Ice Skating
Ice skate by the beach, on real ice!
Every day (Nov 11-Jan 7)
Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map

Boardwalk Holiday Ice
Presented by Dignity Health Medical Network

November 11, 2017- January 7, 2018

Celebrate this holiday season with a new family tradition - ice skating at the Boardwalk!

Festivities Include:

  • Ice Skating by the Beach - on Real Ice!
  • Holiday Lights and Decorations
  • Boardwalk Rides* & Games
  • Indoor Arcades, Mini Golf, and Laser Tag
  • Classic Holiday Movies

Schedule

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

Fridays-Sundays: 12pm-9pm

Mondays-Thursdays: 4pm-9pm

December 25, 2017 - January 1, 2018

12pm-9pm

Ice Skating

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

Each 1-hour session includes ice skate rental.

$12

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Reserve your ice skating session before you arrive!

(Online reservations coming in November)

 

*Please call (831) 423-5590 the day of your visit to confirm which rides and games are open.

 

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

Elkhorn Slough Calendar Photography Contest

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Location: Porter Ranch, 1700 Elkhorn Rd, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 728-2822 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Young Writers Contest
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Bookshop Santa Cruz
Enter the young writers contest
Date: Every day (Jun 1-Oct 1)


Bookshop Santa Cruz is celebrating the talents of young writers in our community with a contest designed for writers ages 6-17. First-, second-, and third-place winners from each age group will receive Bookshop Santa Cruz gift certificates. Plus the winning entries will be published together in a collection this November.


E N T R Y   R U L E S
1. Entries may be on any subject in any genre-including fiction, nonfiction, biography, autobiography, mystery, humor, science fiction or fantasy.
2. Each entry must be an original work, submitted in the appropriate age group: 6-9, 10-13, or 14-17.
3. Word count limit: 2100 words.
4. Entries can be submitted online or at the store. Those entries submited in hard copy must have a copy of the entry form attached to the story. We're sorry, entries cannot be returned.
5. Employees of Bookshop Santa Cruz and their immediate families are not eligible to enter the contest.
6. All entries must be received no later than Sunday, October 9, 2016.

Download an Entry Form

 

Submit an Entry Online

 


Location: 1540 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-423-0900 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Smart Summer Program
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Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz
'Smart Summer Program' at Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County
Date: Every day (May 25-Jun 11)
Ages: 6-18 Admission Fees: $15/day or $65/week with annual Boys & Girls Club membership of $60 per year. Scholarships available and all children are welcom

Registration is now open for the "Smart Summer Program" at Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County Downtown and Live Oak Clubhouses. Open to youth ages 6-18, the Smart Summer Program aims to reduce summer learning loss through a variety of fun and engaging enrichment classes and activities including:
· Reading curriculum
· Technology
· Creative arts and music
· Athletics
· Games and tournaments
· Recreational swim
· Special event days
· Field trips
· Teen programs
The program is from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday starting on June 12 and ending on August 18. Prices start at $15/day or $65/week with annual Boys & Girls Club membership of $60 per year. Scholarships available and all children are welcome, regardless of ability to pay. Register online at www.boysandgirlsclub.info


Location: Downtown Clubhouse, 543 Center St., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-3138 •website Santa Cruz 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

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Free Admission Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden

 

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

Last entry: Fall & Winter

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

From a reviewer: 9/12/2016

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


Location: Golden Gate Park, 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco Map
Phone: (415) 661-1316 •website San Franciscocreate a direct event link
Hikes at Castle Rock
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State Park Castle Rock
Discover expansive views, marvelous rock formations and great rock climbing opportunities
Date: Every day (May 27-Sep 3)

Special Instructions: Located on Highway 35, just 2.5 miles southeast of the junction with Hwy 9

EASY HIKES
Castle Rock Loop
 
Trailhead: main parking lot; 1 mile loop; elevation gain 300 feet    
Ascend through Douglas-fir, madrone, and tanoak to see the park’s imposing namesake peak—a good spot for bouldering and roped climbs. The surrounding smaller rocks are a great playground for children. 
   
Castle Rock Falls
Trailhead: main parking lot; 1.3 miles roundtrip, elevation gain 320 feet.   
Meander downhill to 75-foot Castle Rock Falls, which gushes after rains, but may be a trickle during drought. Either way, the views to the west are spectacular. 
   
MODERATE HIKES 
Ridge/Trail Camp Loop 
Trailhead: main parking lot, 5.15 miles, elevation gain 1,190 feet
Hike through the forest and past Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock. Enjoy views of the San Lorenzo River Valley and glimpses of Monterey Bay. Learn about history, wildlife, and habitats at the Interpretive Shelter. Castle Rock Trail Camp has picnic tables, pit toilets, water and a rain shelter.  
  
Skyline/Loghry Woods/Saratoga Gap Loop
Trailhead: main parking lot; 6.1 miles roundtrip; elevation gain 750 feet 
Head through the forest past Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock. Enjoy views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the San Lorenzo River with glimpses across to Monterey Bay if there’s no fog. Castle Rock Trail Camp has picnic tables, pit toilets, water, and a rain shelter. 
  
STRENUOUS HIKES  
Middle of the Park from the Gap Loop
Trailhead: Saratoga Gap; 9 miles roundtrip, elevation gain 1,530 feet. 
This challenging hike or run through the forest takes you past mountain and valley views with some glimpses of Monterey Bay on a clear day. Castle Rock Trail Camp has picnic tables, pit toilets, water and a rain shelter. Begin at Saratoga Gap and either go down Saratoga Toll Road Trail or across Skyline Trail (Bay Area Ridge Trail). Close the loop on the Loghry Woods and Travertine Springs trails.
   
Gap to Gap Loop
Trailhead: Saratoga Gap or Waterman Gap; 16.4 miles roundtrip, elevation gain 1,860 feet
A good workout for strong trail runners and hikers. You can also backpack and stay overnight at the Waterman Gap Trail Camp (reservations required). Trails are mostly wooded, with occasional views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. 
   
Skyline to the Sea Trailhead: dropoff at Saratoga Gap or park at main parking lot, pickup at Waddell Beach, 25.2–28.2 miles; elevation from 1,660–2,130 feet. 
One of the region’s most rewarding backpack options. Start on the spine of the Santa Cruz Mountains and descend to the ocean in Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Camp at trail camps along the way. Two to four days of backpacking or four to eight hours of trail running.


Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
Phone: (408) 867-2952 •website Los Gatos create a direct event link
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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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
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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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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Artist of the Year Concert
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Santa Cruz County Parks
featuring Shelley and friends, including the Teen Celtic Band and Harp Orchestra, the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz, and previous A
Date: 06/02/2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm


Shelley Phillips - Santa Cruz County 2017 Artist of the Year

 

Musician Shelley Phillips has been named the 2017 Artist of the Year by the Santa Cruz County Arts Commission.

 

Join us for a Profile Performance for a concert featuring Shelley and friends, including the Teen Celtic Band and Harp Orchestra, the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz, and previous Artist of the Year Linda Burman Hall. Admission is FREE to the public; seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis the night of the event.

 

Shelley Phillips (folk harp, oboe, cor anglais, and flutes) has played with many professional folk musicians in America, Ireland, and the UK. She received her master's in music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has studied Irish and Scottish flute styles, shehnai, dizi, and willow flute. She plays for the Episcopal church, makes bamboo flutes with the English Piper's Guild, teaches flute making, and directs the Santa Cruz Shape Note Society. She is a member of the Coulter/Phillips Ensemble and the Anjali Quartet, and has toured the world.

 

Shelley's solo albums with Gourd Music include The Fairie Round, Pavane, The Butterfly, and most recently, The Wood Between The Worlds. She has recorded music of the Shakers and produced a benefit album, Verdant Groves, for the Shaker village museums. She also produced a benefit recording of Christmas music for the Community Music School called Mid Earth Rejoices. She collaborated with Rumi translator and poet Coleman Barks and with him made two CDs, What Was Said to the Rose and Five Things to Say.

 

She is director of the Community Music School of Santa Cruz, where she runs Celtic music camps for children and teens, maintains a private studio, and presents concerts and workshops with visiting musicians of the highest caliber. Shelley serves as a board member of the Music of Bhutan Research Center, the American Pipers' Guild, and Boxwood Flute Festivals.


Location: Cabrillo Samper Recital Hall, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos Map
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Ebb & Flow River Arts Project
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Coastal Watershed
Two days of revelry, artmaking, and free family fun
Date: Every day (Jun 2-Jun 3)


C(0 May 2017) EbbandFlow_RiverArts.jpgalling all makers, burners, artists, and everyone else who loves to have fun! Make art that moves for the Kinetic Art Parade on June 3rd. We’ll flow down the Riverwalk, pausing to see the 13 new temporary art installations.

 

Join the Ebb & Flow email list to receive information on how to pre-register for the June 3rd event.

 

Thank you for being part of the 2017 Ebb & Flow River Arts Parade and Celebration!

 

On Saturday, June 3rd join us for the Kinetic Sculpture Parade and celebration at the Tannery Arts Center!

 

We want you to have a ton of fun designing your sculpture, and we want to make sure that you have all the info you need to have a great experience the day of the parade. So, before beginning your kinetic sculpture design, give some serious thought to this stuff:

 

The parade route isn't flat and it's just over a mile and a half long - there are four underpasses. Our guidelines give you the specs for fitting under them, AND we want you to be sure you and your crew can control them going downhill and have the people power you'll need to push them up hill.
Not sure what we mean exactly? Get out there and walk the route. Seriously, it's a gorgeous walk, anyway!


Save yourself (and us, please) from preventable hassles the day of the event. Please read the Guidelines and then read ‘em again.


Need inspiration? Check out Kinetic Baltimore's indispensable HOW TO BUILD A KINETIC SCULPTURE guide, some assembly required!

 

The parade route is approximately 1.6 miles long. You and your crew should expect to be on your vehicles for at least 30-45 minutes, perhaps longer.

 

River Arts Celebration: the Art Parade will end at the Tannery for a celebration where every element reflects the theme. Tables will be paddleboards slashed to sawhorses; tenting will be sails soaring over buildings; water served will come from the river; face painting will feature otters, salmon, merganzers. Aerial dancers will "fly" off the roofs of the lofts; musicians, poets, and actors on multiple stages will perform in honor of our river and the Tannery and tell river stories. The permanent Ebb & Flow art installation will be unveiled.

 

Be sure to sign up for the Arts Council newsletter for updates about Ebb & Flow.

 


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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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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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Birding Walk, Elkhorn Slough
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Elkhorn Slough
Go on a guided bird hunt, begin or add to your list of sitings
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 8:30am

Special Instructions: Meet in the parking lot behind Whole Enchilada

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

 

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

 

 


Location: 1700 Elkhorn Road , Watsonville Map
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Mission Living History Programs
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State Park Mission
Gain insight into Mission life through stories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities.
Date: Every Sa (Jun 3-Aug 19) from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza

LIVING HISTORY DEMONSTRATIONS
Gain insight into Mission life through stories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities.


1-2 pm
June 3   Archeology Demonstration
June 17 Wool, Spinning, and Weaving
June 24  Building Methods
July 1  Hides & Tallow
July 15  Skill & Luck
July 29  Mission Cooking
August 5   Hymns and Chants:
August 19  Wool, Spinning & Weaving


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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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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Artichoke Festival
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Castroville Artichoke Festival
Artichokes fried, sauteed, grilled, marinated, pickled, fresh, and creamed in soup and much more!
Date: Every day (Jun 3-Jun 4)
Admission Fees: $5-$60

The Artichoke Festival is a commemoration of all things artichoke. The event has artichoke cooking demos, tours of artichoke farms, artichoke-themed art and souvenirs (and a contest to make art out of actual artichokes!), an artichoke parade, artichokes (and other vegetables) for sale at the farmers' market, a race through the artichoke fields, a classic car show, a wine exposition, and of course artichokes prepared in every way imaginable.

 

A tradition for over half a century, the Artichoke Festival takes place every June. Open from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday, the Artichoke Festival features foods and events all centered around one of Monterey County's favorite thistle.

 

Artichoke Festival Parade & Car Show

The Castroville Artichoke Festival Parade marches through the streets of Castroville and officially kicks off the festivities. The entries are fighting for top prize, and the competition is fierce! Large floats, performing entertainment acts such as marching bands and baton corps, cheerleaders, classic cars, equestrians and more will all participate in the Castroville Artichoke Festival Parade.

 

Live Music

The Artichoke Festival hosts live acts including performances from great bands. There's something for everyone with everything from rock & roll, country, swing, to mariachi.

 

Other Events

Throughout the weekend, check out the various children's activities including games, face painting and live shows. Sample award-winning wines from throughout the state. Admire three-dimensional sculptures built from fruits and vegetables in the Agro Art competition. Learn the many ways you can prepare artichokes at cooking demonstrations throughout the festival. A farmers' market, arts and crafts vendors and food stands selling artichokes prepared in every way assure you won't go home hungry or empty-handed.

 

Tickets and Schedule

Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children at the gate. See the official Artichoke Festival site for detailed schedule and ticketing information.


Location: Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Rd, Monterey Map
Phone: 831-633-3465 •website Castrovillecreate a direct event link
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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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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Around the World in 60-90 Minutes!
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
Learn about the exotic plants from around the world
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Free with admission

Around the World in 60-90 Minutes!

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

 

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

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

 

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


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Launch of the Matthew Turner - Spectator Sail
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Matthew Turner Tall Ship
Perhaps view from shore the launch of the Bay Area's newest tall-ship
Date: 06/03/2017 at 7:30pm
Admission Fees: $99 Ė $150

Be a part of history and the story of a momentous event!

 

Join us aboard the Schooner Freda B to celebrate the launch of the Bay Area's newest tall-ship, the Matthew Turner! After years of dreaming and hard work, the day has finally arrived for the new girl to get in the water. This is an event that only happens once in a ship's lifetime, and there is no better way to welcome her to the Bay than from the water. You'll be removed from the on-shore crowds during this VIP experience, all the while enjoying the Launch Day Menu that's included in your ticket.

 

Launch Day Menu includes:
2 drink tickets : Unsinkable Maritime Mimosas or California Beers (cash bar thereafter)
Piping Hot Clam Chowder
East Coast Lobster Rolls served with Kettle Chips and Cole Slaw
Launch Day Cupcakes

 

Boarding in downtown Sausalito,CA

2:15pm Boarding

2:30pm Depart

2:30-4pm Sail on SF Bay

4pm Matthew Turner Ceremony

5pm Matthew Turner Launch Scheduled

Return 6:00pm

 

A portion of the proceeds from this sail will go towards the future of Matthew Turner.

 

A little more about the S/V Matthew Turner...

The Matthew Turner is traditional wooden tall ship (brigantine) that's named for the prominent 19th Century shipbuilder of the same name, who built a total of 154 tall ships in Benecia, CA. The S/V Matthew Turner will serve as a nonprofit, educational vessel that teaches kids about the environment and the history and practice of tall-ship sailing.

 

Length: 132 ft

Width (beam): 25ft

Draft: 10ft

Height (mainmast): 100ft

Weight: 175 tons


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

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

 

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


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


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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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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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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Garage Sale Weekend
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City of Santa Cruz
Hold a sale at your homehome or go garage sale shopping. Register your sale
Date: Every day (Jun 3-Jun 4)


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The City of Santa Cruz sponsors Garage Sale Weekend to promote reuse, repair, and resale opportunities in our community.

 

The City of Santa Cruz will publicize the event, encouraging residents to either hold a sale at their home or go garage sale shopping. 

 

Santa Cruz Garage Sale Weekend is June 3 & 4, 2017. The City of Santa Cruz sponsors Garage Sale Weekend once a year to promote reuse, repair, and resale opportunities in our community. The City of Santa Cruz will publicize the event, encouraging residents to either hold a sale at their home or go garage sale shopping. 

 

 Sellers: 

REGISTRATION opens May 1 for Santa Cruz Garage Sale Weekend 2017.                                             Note: Registration closes,Thursday June 1 at 5 pm.

Your sale address and description will be listed on our Online Treasure Map

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 Shoppers:    

Use the Garage Sale Treasure Map to plan your garage sale shopping route! You can sort the sales by neighborhood or search for specific items such as tools or antiques. Shop for great deals at the Santa 
Cruz Garage Sales listed HERE. Click on red bubbles to view individual sale information.      


Call: 

831-420-5591 
For more information or to receive a Free Garage Sale Kit:
three big yellow garage sale signs, a Great Tips booklet and labels. 


Great Tips for a Better Garage Sale [PDF]

Frequently Asked Questions FAQs [PDF]

Please note: The County of Santa Cruz and the Cities of Watsonville, Capitola or Scotts Valley  DO NOT participate in Santa Cruz Garage Sale Weekend.


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Public Archaeology Day
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Friends of the Santa Cruz State Parks
Learn more about the process of a recent archeology class searching for buried artifacts at Castro Adobe
Date: 06/03/2017 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Public Archaeology Day marks the conclusion of an eight-week UC Santa Cruz Archaeolgocial Field Methods anthropology class that searched for buried resources within Castro Adobe State Historic Park. The public is invited to come learn about the proceses and results of the program, a partnership between UCSC, Friends, California State Parks and Albion Environmental, Inc.

UCSC students will be giving tours of the adobe grounds and their excavations, and have interactive exhibits about archaeological methods and the students' findings. There also will be activities for kids of all ages and a talk about careers in science. Tacos by Taquitos Gabriel will be available for purchase.


Location: Castro Adobe State Historic Park, 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
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Twilight Adaptation Adventure
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State Park Big Basin
Come test your nocturnal abilities on this fun, 1.5-hour, half-mile walk
Date: Every Su (Aug 6-Aug 13) at 7:30pm
Ages: Able to do 3.5 mile hike

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


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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Sponsored by: Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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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Goal-Setting for Parents
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Art Factory
Goal-Setting workshop for parents of pre-teens and teens
Date: 06/05/2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: Adult Admission Fees: $35

Goal-Setting Parent Workshop
In this parent workshop, writer and teacher Suki Wessling will work with parents to plan a goal-setting system for their teens/pre-teens. We will assess the teens' academic and emotional/social developmental readiness, talk about adapting parenting to the teenage years and using collaborative problem-solving, learn about incorporating goal-setting language, and create plans for goal-setting in your household.
Why goal-setting?

We all know that raising teens can be stressful. Academically, emotionally, and socially they are in a time of huge transition and growth. Parent/teen interactions can become minefields where teens inevitably feel that they are misunderstood, and parents find themselves pushing buttons they didn't know were there. Helping teens learn about goal-setting offers new vocabulary and strategies for avoiding or resolving these conflicts. This workshop will be geared to both homeschooling and schooling families.


Cost: $35. My book, Homeschool with Confidence, will be available for $15 (cash/check).
Location: The Art Factory, Aptoshttp://artfactorystudios.com/
Date/time: June 5, 7-9pm
Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/21wjPsGuhYUMcPN63


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Drive #15, Aptos Map
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Hydroponics and Aquaponics Water Tour
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Coastal Wattershed Council
Learn how to grow plants without soil.
Date: 06/06/2017 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Admission Fees: free

Hydroponics and Aquaponics Water Tour

Learn how to grow plants without soil.

 

Join the Coastal Watershed Council and Cabrillo College in a tour of the hydroponics and aquaponic facilities at Cabrillo College led by Peter Shaw, Chair of the Horticulture Department at Cabrillo College. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil using mineral or organic fertilizers in water.

 

Aquaponics combines fish, bacteria and plants into a system that converts fish food into edible (or ornamental) food, and plants. These forms of growing plants can help reduce nutrient pollution heading into our watershed and reduce the amount of water used to produce our food.

RSVP Required


Location: Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos 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
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Sack Puppet Saturdays
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The Puppetry Institute
Date: Every Tues from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


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


Location: The Octagon, 118 Cooper St , Santa Cruz Map
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Exploring Big Basin
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State Park Big Basin
Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, history and more on these fun, varied hikes
Date: Every Tues from 9:00am to 10:30am
Admission Fees: Free

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


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Mind Craft
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Tues from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: free

Minecraft.Edu

Thursday 3:00  - 5:00

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

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

 

 

 


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Tuesday Nature Hikes with Docents
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State Park Big Basin
Fun, varied hikes every week
Date: Every Tues at 9:00am
Ages: All

Tuesday Nature Hikes with Docents
Every Tuesday, leaving at 9 am SHARP (except no walk Tuesday, March 22)
Docents Paul and Eva Fewel and Diane Shaw lead these fun, varied hikes every week. Hikes are 5-8 miles and last up to 5 hours. We go rain or shine, but strong winds may cancel. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Sack Puppet Saturdays
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The Puppetry Institute
Bring yourself and the kids to this free introduction to puppetry
Date: Every Tues from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


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


Location: The Octagon, 118 Cooper St , Santa Cruz Map
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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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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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Wednesday Night Twilight Concerts
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Capitola Village
Twilight Concerts serves up live music on the beach on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring a blanket or chair and relax.
Date: Every Wed (Jun 7-Aug 30) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Capitola by the Sea Summer Music

Twilight Concerts  on  Wednesdays, June  - August,  6 to 8 p.m.

Twilight Concerts serves up live music on the beach on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring a blanket or chair and relax. No alcohol or glass bottles permitted.
 

The Capitola Summer Concert Series are held at the Esplanade Park Bandstand, with one of the largest dance floors around. Bring a picnic, pickup dinner, or dine at one of the nearby restaurants, many of whom sponsor the concerts. Seating is on the lawn, seawall, benches or the beach. Please bring low back chairs or picnic blankets. Warm jackets suggested for cool evenings.  No alcohol or dogs in the park or on the beach. Concerts are 6 - 8pm every Wednesday though Aug 30.

 

Date Band Type of Music
June 7 Mambo Tropical  Latin 
June 14 Todd Morgan & The Emblems  Pop/Rock 
June 21 Big City Revue All Hits 70's until today
June 28 Tsunami Rock 
July 5 The Shanks  Classic Rock
July 12 Joint Chiefs  R&B, Funk & Soul
July 19 Extra Large Funky Fun
July 26 Mark Russo & The Classy Cats  Big Band/Jazz/Latin 
August 2 Johnny Mahalo & The Wild Coconuts Rock, R&B, Feel Good Music
August 9 Sage R&B/Dance
August 16 Robin Anderson Big Band Big Band Swing 
August 23 Delta Wires Big Band Blues
August 30 Digbeats Rock

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


Location: Capitola Mall, 1855 41st Ave., Capitola Map
Phone: (888) 424-8035 •website Capitola create a direct event link
Color!
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Pajaro Valley Arts
Artful look at agriculture
Date: Every Su, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Jun 7-Jul 23) from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 July 2017) PajaroValleyArts_Hummingbird.jpgCurrent Exhibit: Color!

 

Members' Exhibit 2017

 

June 7 - July 23

 

Reception: Sunday, June 18 2-4pm

 

 

Open Weds - Sun,  11:00a to 4:00p


Location: 37 Sudden St, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-763-0939 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Emerging Choreographers Showcase
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Santa Cruz Ballet
Entertainment right here in our own community.
Date: 06/08/2017


Emerging Choreographers Showcase

 

A popular event which showcases tomorrow's choreographers.  In conjunction with The Studio School of Classical Ballet Student Demonstration.

 

Saturday, June 8
Time TBA
Colligan Theater at the Tannery Arts Center

 

 


Location: TAC Colligan Theater, 1010 River Street, Santa Cruz Map
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World Oceans Day Celebration
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Celebrate World Oceans Day at the Seymour Center!
Date: 06/08/2017 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: $6-$8
Special Instructions: End of Delaware Avenue

World Oceans Day

Created in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, World Oceans Day is the perfect time to learn how to protect the 71 percent of our planet that's blue. Come get empowered to make a lasting difference for the future. Take the "Better Bag Challenge" and decorate/make a reusable tote bag. Make an ocean promise and create a special ocean-themed craft. World Oceans Day is celebrated on June 8 each year.

 


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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39th annual "Ramayana!"
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Mount Madonna School
A story of love, adventure, separation and an eventual joyous reunion, in an ancient allegory of the battle of good and evil
Date: Every day (Jun 9-Jun 11)
Ages: all Admission Fees: $25 - $40

"Ramayana!" the Mount Madonna School's "sword-and-sorcery" production now in its 39th year and featuring an original rock-n-roll score and magical characters who encounter danger and love, good versus evil, duty, heroic action and sacrifice, will have performances June 5 to 7 at the Mexican Heritage Theater here, according to a press release.

 

The story of the Ramayana, as first told by the poet Valmiki, has endured for 2600 years as one of the world's most widely-read classics. The Mount Madonna production focuses on a small part of the larger Hindu epic's story and tells the story of Prince Ram, who, banished from his homeland of Ayodhya, leaves with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman to seek a new home. On their journey, they encounter an array of colorful beings, including tribal folk and gentle forest animals, giants and wizards, heroic monkeys and bears, an enchanted golden deer, a kingdom of demons led by the evil 10-headed Lord Ravana, and a wild, fire-breathing dragon.

 

The show features a cast of some 200 student actors, ages 3 to 18, accompanied by a choir and adult musicians.

 

It is a story of love, adventure, separation and an eventual joyous reunion, in an ancient allegory of the battle of good and evil. The show is filled with exciting action, spectacular costuming and family humor. A rich performing arts tradition and integrated arts curriculum make MMS performances outstanding, said the release.

 

Performances: Friday-Saturday, June 9-10, 7:00pm; Sunday, June 11, 2:00pm.

 

All seats are reserved: $35-$40 adults/$25 children (18 and under).

 

Special Dress Circle includes special reception, backstage tour, VIP parking and intermission treats.

 

All tickets are available online at http://ramayana.brownpapertickets.com/


Location: Mexican Heritage Theater, 1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose Map
Phone: (408) 847-2717 •website San Josecreate a direct event link
Free Story Time and Craft Time
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Wonderland Toys & Classroom Resources
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month at 10:30am


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


Location: 4101-B2 Soquel Dr., Soquel Map
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'The Two Gentlemen of Verona'
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Shakespeare to Go
A lively 50-minute rendition of Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona, performed by UCSC students
Date: 06/09/2017

Special Instructions: Performances at 9:00AM and 10:30AM

'The Two Gentlemen of Verona,' presented by Shakespeare to Go

 

A 50-minute rendition of Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona, performed by UCSC students and directed by professor Patty Gallagher.

 

Shakespeare to Go has been taking Shakespeare on the road since 1984, with a mission to connect with local youth and give back to the community. Each year, a Shakespeare to Go team-comprised of a faculty director and student actors, designers, stage managers, assistant directors, and dramaturgs from UC Santa Cruz-work innovatively to bring a Shakespeare play to life by making it relevant to younger audiences. While the new script is shortened, the richness of Shakespeare's language always remains.

 

This event consists of two performances, back-to-back, each with a different cast.

Performances at 9:00AM and 10:30AM.

Location: Second StageAdmission: FreeAdmission

Parking permit required.

 

Sponsored by: UCSC Theater Arts Department

Related URL: http://theater.ucsc.edu/programs/stg

 


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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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Juneteenth Celebration
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City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation
Juneteenth Celebration with SambaDa, Kev Choice, The Joint Chiefs, Tammi Brown, Rich Tycoon, Monterey Peninsula Gospel Choir...
Date: 06/10/2017 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free

Juneteenth Celebration!

Join in on this world wide commemoration of the signing the Emancipation Proclamation. A full afternoon of guest speakers, music, food and activities for the entire family. Come out to celebrate a very important day in history for freedom and equality.



Background on Juneteenth - On June 19th, 1865, Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, Texas with the news the Civil War had ended and enslaved were now free. 150 years later, we celebrate this remarkable event at Juneteenth celebrations across the country. A long-held tradition among African Americans, Juneteenth is a fun and special day for anyone who believes in freedom and equality for all people.

 


Location: Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6177 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Japanese Cultural Fair
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Japanese Cultural Fair
Explore traditional and contemporary Japanese culture
Date: 06/10/2017 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: None
Special Instructions: Japanese Theme

Japanese Cultural Fair celebrates its annual fair.

 

Mission Plaza overflows with the celebration of Japanese music, traditional dance, food and crafts at this popular annual festival. Powerful drummers, the San Francisco Taiko Dojo, thrill the audience, along with storytellers, martial arts demonstrations and healing arts vendors. Sushi, noodles and green tea ice cream are always favorites.

 

Free shuttle service between County Building parking lot and Mission Plaza. Two shuttle buses are running every 15 minutes and their stops are: County Building(Ocean & Water St.), Civic Auditorium (Church St.), Mission Plaza Park


Location: Mission Plaza Park, 103 Emmett St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 462-4589 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Adolescentes -- Disciplina Positiva - taller en espanol
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Adolescentes -- Disciplina Positiva - taller en espanol
Date: 06/10/2017 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 tu hiho/a adolescente a ontribuir positivamente a su hogar y escuela mientras usted use ambos 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
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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Hawks and Sparrows and Egrets
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Elkhorn Slough
Hawks and Sparrows and Egrets, oh my!
Date: 06/10/2017 from 7:30am to 11:30am
Admission Fees: (Fee event: ESF Non-member $5/Members free)

une 10: Hawks and Sparrows and Egrets, oh my! Saturday, June 10  7:30am - 11:30am (Fee event: ESF Non-member $5/Members free)   Local birding expert Rick Fournier will lead us through an morning of bird sightings at Elkhorn Slough - an internationally recognized birding hotspot. Rick will help us spot different birds and provide tips on telling the difference between species.

 

 


Location: 1700 Elkhorn Road , Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 728-2822 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
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
Phone: 831-768-3575 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
ROD & CUSTOM CLASSIC CAR SHOW
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Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce
Enjoy a day filled with awesome cars
Date: Every day (Jun 10-Jun 11)


(0 June 2017) Capitola_customclassiccar.jpg12th Annual Capitola Rod & Custom Classic Car Show

Be prepared for an amazing weekend of rods, customs, classics and American muscle gleaming in the California sun at the beach in the heart of Capitola Village.

 

This is a truly unique event! Come and enjoy the outstanding cars in a festival atmosphere where you can also enjoy seaside dining, the many quaint shops and one of the best beaches in California.

 

Fun, family friendly and admission FREE.


Location: Esplanade Park, Capitola Village Map
Phone: 831.462.3197 •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
Water Shred
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Coastal Watershed
Free demo rides, and enjoy live music, food and even a rock climbing wall.
Date: 06/10/2017 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Adults: $10, Kids 12 & under: Free

Come out to the Riverwalk and see this action sports expo along the San Lorenzo River.  You'll get a chance to take free demo rides, and enjoy live music, food and even a rock climbing wall. Buy tickets online. Organized by the Coastal Watershed Council & Event Santa Cruz.

 

Ride the Riverwalk at this First Ever Action Sports Expo Along the San Lorenzo River

Vendors:
Current eBikes
Inboard
Slick
Santa Cruz Warriors
Archer Components
Formula Slug
Onewheel
Zero Motorcycles
Spokesman Bikes
LIFEAID Beverage Co.
Mobile Climb USA (Rock Wall)

Food sold by:

Ate3one
G's Tacos#2
The Penny Ice Creamery

Ride your bike to WaterSHRED! Bike Santa Cruz County will be providing Free bike valet for event attendees.


Location: 440 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Boho Castro, a Bohemian-style fundraiser for the Castro Adobe
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Friends of the Santa Cruz State Parks
Boho Castro, a Bohemian-style fundraiser for the Castro Adobe
Date: 06/10/2017 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $75

This is a ticketed event. Cost is $75. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Join us for a Bohemian-inspired gathering to honor the Castro Adobe stewards from the past and celebrate recent progress toward opening the Castro Adobe State Historic Park.

(0 May 2017) CastroAdobe.jpgStep back into the 1960s at the Castro Adobe, a time when the Jowers family owned and cared for the property. Relive the Jowers' good times, when an eclectic ensemble of their artistic friends made the Castro Adobe a Bohemian center of arts and culture.


Boho Castro will also pay tribute to the Jowers' iconic Aptos restaurant, the Sticky Wicket, by featuring foods modeled after the original menu as prepared by Mickey's Catering. Beer by Corralitos Brewing Co., wine from Storrs Winery, and made-to-order tea and espresso will be served.

The Sticky Wicket outdoor concerts evolved into the Cabrillo Music Festival thanks to Lou Harrison, Robert Hughes, the Jowers and others. Boho Castro will highlight this connection with live music at the event. Enjoy Lone Prairie, a vintage Western band, of which former Castro steward Joe Kimbro was a member. Also featured will be harmonica player Brendan Power (Laura Jowers' partner). Brendan Power has recorded with Sting, Kate Bush, James Galway and other luminaries, played in the Riverdance show and performed on the Oscar winning soundtrack for the movie "Atonement." Recorded Lou Harrison music will also be played.

Period dress is encouraged!

This event is a fundraiser to support the opening of Castro Adobe State Historic Park.
Become a sponsor and learn more ways to support this event on our website, http://www.thatsmypark.org/events/castro-events/


Location: Castro Adobe State Historic Park, 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 429-1840 •websitecreate a direct event link
Ocean Fair & Surfboard Swap
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Patagonia Santa Cruz Outlet
Date: 06/10/2017 from 10:00am to 9:00pm


 

When: 6/10 from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Where: Patagonia Santa Cruz Outlet - 415 River Street
Cost: Free

Looking for a new surfboard? Maybe you're tired of your old board or just want to get rid of one that is just taking up extra space? Here's your chance. Bring your used surfboard to swap or sell at this event, or let them sell it for you. Enjoy live music, food, beer, art and support ocean conservation with the Surfrider Foundation. Register online.

 


Location: 415 River Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Teens, 2-hour Positive Discipline Parenting Workshop
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Teens -- 2-hour Positive Discipline parenting workshop
Date: 06/10/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: adults Admission Fees: $20.00

Learn effective parenting tools to help your teenage child(ren) make positive contributions to their home and school environments while you as a parent learn to balance kindness with firmness and model what mutually respectful relationships look like.

 

Limited scholarships are sometimes available. Childcare will be provided onsite for $10 per child per class session, but please request it and/or sign up for it in advance.


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

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

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


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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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"STEM" Summer Camps
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Learn to Discover
Summer Camps - virtual reality, robotics, LEGO building, digital art, programming and much more...
Date: Every Mon, Tues, Wed, Th and Fri (Jun 12-Aug 11)
Ages: 6-18
Special Instructions: Camps in Aptos, Santa Cruz & Watsonville

We are offering numerous summer camps at 3 sites: Aptos, Watsonville and Santa Cruz. Kids can learn about topics such as virtual reality, robotics, LEGO building, digital art, programming and much more.


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Little Rangers Programs for 3-6 year olds with an adult
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State Park Natural Bridges
Fun for the little ones
Date: Every Mon (Jun 12-Sep 4) at 10:30am
Ages: 3-6 with an adult Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Also 2pm

  Little Rangers children's programs
 Mondays 10:30 to 11:30 am from Mid-June through Labor Day.

During the summer season, hour-long children's programs are offered in the Visitor Center. These nature programs are for children ages 3-6 and their caregivers.

 

Weekly topics and themes vary. Previous themes have included: birds, frogs, secrets of sand, plant detectives, and many others!

 


Location: West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-4609 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Animal Detectives Campfire
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State Park Big Basin
Be a detective: look at the signs (tracks, scat, sounds) of Big Basin animals, and see if you can figure out who left the clues!
Date: Every 2 weeks on Tues (Jun 13-Sep 27) at 5:00pm


Animal Detectives Campfire
Tuesday, June 13 at 5 pm
AND Tuesday, June 27 at 5 pm
Marshmallows: 5-5:30, Campfire: 5:30-6:30
Can you guess an animal by the signs it leaves? Be a detective: look at the signs (tracks, scat, sounds) of Big Basin animals, and see if you can figure out who left the clues! All are welcome, but this earlier campfire will be geared toward a younger audience. Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 5 pm; program begins at 5:30 pm. Wheelchair, stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome!

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Taco Tuesdays
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Food Trucks A Go Go
Date: Every Tues (Jun 13-Jun 27) from 5:00pm to 7:30pm


Taco Tuesday TONIGHT at Anna Jean Cummings Park from 5-7:30pm with Holopono! Bring a blanket, sit at the picnic tables, have your kids & dogs run around, ride your bike-so many options & so much fun! Great way to end the day with some Aloha Love & Yumminess!


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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
Phone: (831) 684-0590 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Positive Discipline for All Ages of Children
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Enjoy a respectful and fun summer with your kids
Date: Every Wed (Jun 14-Jun 28) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: adults Admission Fees: $60

This is a 3-week (6 hours), intensive summer class series which can be a crash course in Positive Discipline parenting or a great refresher for those who have previously taken a Positive Discipline class or workshop. This series will be taught by Colleen Murphy, a long-time Positive Discipline Trainer.


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 476-7284 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Magical Moonshine Theatre
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Library Garfield
Come enjoy an interactive storytelling puppet show filled with singing and music!
Date: 06/15/2017 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: 3-6

(0 June 2017) Library_MagicalMoonshineTheatre.jpgMagical Moonshine Theatre is at your Garfield Park Library! Come enjoy an interactive storytelling puppet show filled with singing and music!

Tomorrow's performance will be "Puppylocks and the Three Bears", a retelling of the classic fairytale "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" starring a dog and three teddybears. All ages welcome!

 

 


Location: 705 Woodrow Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-427-7709 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Popup Picnics
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State Park Mission
Delish!!! Join us at the park for catered picnics & good company
Date: Every day (Jun 15-Aug 17) from 11:30am to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Items to eat $2 - $10

Popup Picnics will take place every Thursday from June 15 through Aug. 17 from 11:30am to 1:30pm at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park in downtown Santa Cruz

 

Taquitos Gabriel, a favorite from the 2016 PopUp Picnics in the Park series, will serve food at the first picnic on Thursday, June 15. The menu will include three tacos ($5), taco plates ($8), burritos ($8), cheese quesadillas ($3), meat quesadillas ($8), and watermelon and horchata aguas frescas ($2).

 

Future PopUp Picnics in the Park food vendors will include:

Aug 10                  Jolie Mole - tamales

Aug 17                  Taquitos Gabriel  -tacos, burritos, quesadillos

 

Items for purchase will range from $2 to $10. Vendors will donate 5 percent of their proceeds back to Friends on behalf of the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park to fund education and restoration projects at the park.

 

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is home to the oldest building in Santa Cruz County. Built between 1822 and 1824 by local Ohlonean and Yokuts Indians, the park's signature adobe is the only remaining structure from Mission Santa Cruz, founded in 1791. One of just four adobe buildings left in Santa Cruz County - and sometimes confused with the nearby replica mission chapel - it is the only building of its kind preserved as a museum in the State of California. The adobe served as housing for Neophyte families who lived and worked at the Mission, which operated until 1834 when it was secularized.  After decades of private ownership, the adobe was sold to the State of California, extensively restored and finally opened in 1991 to the public as the Santa Cruz Mission SHP. The park celebrated its 25 th year in 2016.

 

Sponsored by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks


Location: 144 School Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-425-5849 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
"A Touch of Africa in Santa Cruz"
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Da African Villaage
Workshops, performances, food, arts & crafts, educational lectures and panel discussions.
Date: Every day (Jun 15-Jun 18)


"A Touch of Africa in Santa Cruz", an event which will take place June 15th-18th, 2017, featuring world-class dance & music teachers as well as artists from Africa and the Diaspora representing their cultures through dance, drumming and music performance.

 

The event will offer a total of 35 workshops, performances, food, arts & crafts, educational lectures and panel discussions.

 

There will also be musical and dance performances by Sambada (Afro-Brazilian Funk & Dance music) and Pascal Bokar (Afro-Jazz) respectively on Saturday June 17th & Sunday June 18th.

 

Please visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/atouchofafricainsantacruz/ for updates and information regarding this exciting event. Please also like and share this page on facebook with your friends and family as this is a community event and all are welcome! More to come!!!!


Location: Louden Nelson, 301 Center St., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (424) 703-0784 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Old-Time Family Barn Dance
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Live Oak Grange
Fun dances accessible to all comers. Live acoustic string music. All dances taught and prompted.
Date: The 3rd Fri of every month at 6:30pm
Admission Fees: $10 per person $15 for two people $20 per family
Special Instructions: AUGUST DANCE CANCELLED

Yee Haw! and Do Si Do!

 

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


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



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

 

AUGUST DANCE CANCELLED, SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER!


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Monterey Pop Festival
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Monterey Pop Festival
A musical celebration of the Summer Of Love
Date: Every day (Jun 16-Jun 18) from 2:00pm to 3:00pm


Monterey County Fairgrounds will once again host the Monterey International Pop Festival in celebration of the famed 1967 three-day concert. On June 16 - 18 Another Planet Entertainment will present a musical celebration of the Summer Of Love at the same site it was held 50 years prior.

 

The lineup for the 50th anniversary celebration of the Monterey Pop Festival will include:

Booker T. Stax Revue;

Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires;

Dr. Dog; Eric Burdon and the Animals;

Father John Misty; Gary Clark, Jr.;

The Head and the Heart;

Hiss Golden Messenger;

Jack Johnson;

Jackie Green;

Jacob Banks;

Jamtown Featuring Cisco Adler, Donavon Frankenreiter & G. Love;

Jim James;

Kurt Vile & the Violators;

Langhorne Slim & The Law;

Leon Bridges;

Nicki Bluhm & Dirty Dozen Brass Band;

Norah Jones;

North Mississippi Allstars;

Phil Lesh & the Terrapin Family Band;

Regina Spektor;

Sara Watkins and more!


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Swan Lake
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Agape Dance Academy
Swan Lake is a story about love conquering all
Date: 06/16/2017 at 7:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Tickets available at all three Agape Dance Studios

Swan Lake

The timeless tale of Odette, the tragically cursed princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer, comes to life in this timeless ballet. Originally premiered by the Bolshoi Ballet in 1877, and still the most technically challenging ballet in the dance world, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake is a story about love conquering all.

 

Under the guidance of renowned dancer Anton Pankevich, Agape Dance Academy dancers and choreographers will take on their fifth spring performance. "Every year, we choose music that moves our dancers and our audience," says owner Melanie Useldinger. "Our ballets are professional quality because the students are highly skilled and they also learn to dance from their hearts, which adds depth to their performance."

 

Info: 7 p.m. Aptos High School Performing Arts Center, 100 Mariner Way, Aptos. Agapedance.com. $10.


Location: 100 Mariner Way, Aptos Map
Phone: 831-359-0850 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Basic Bicycle Maintenance Class
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The Spokesman
Learn how to fix your flat tire!
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00am
Ages: Free

Spokesman Bicycles Free Maintenance Class

3rd Saturday of every month, 10AM

Spokesman Bicycles, Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz, CA

http://www.spokesmanbicycles.com/events

 


Location: Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz Map
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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
Work, Potluck & Dance
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Pie Ranch
Pie Ranch Community Work Day, potluck dinner, and rollicking barn dance in the roadside barn
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month at 2:00pm


WORK DAY & BARN DANCE

Next is Saturday, July 16th

 

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2:00pm / Work Day

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

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

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

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


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

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

 

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

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

 

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


Location: 2080 Cabrillo Highway, Pescadero Map
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Pirate Party
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Northern California Pirate Festival
Avast Mates! Come join us pirates for non-stop entertainment, hearty food and drink, unique shopping and lively games and activi
Date: Every day (Jun 17-Jun 18)


This Father's Day Weekend, June 16 and 17 the country's largest Pirate Party will give away $5,000 in gold coins and treasure for its 5th anniversary. Located next to the Vallejo Ferry Terminal at the Vallejo Waterfront Park, this two day free event features tall ships, live music, pirate encampments, nautical inspired crafts, gourmet food, micro brewed beers, fine wines, children's entertainment, games, costume contests, sword fighting and ship to shore canon battles.

 

An event for the whole family, the festival is a 360° waterfront experience offering non-stop entertainment as well as hearty food and drink, unique shopping and lively games and activities. Highlights include:

• Four stages with pirate and nautical themed music, magic and comedy acts

• World-famous songwriter and musician Tom Lewis

• Black powder cannon and antique firearms demonstrations

• A ship to shore cannon battle featuring the 72 foot schooner Aldebaran each day at 2 p.m.

• 150 Maritime inspired vendors and craftspeople

• Children's costume contest

• An adult as well as child's Scavenger Hunt with prizes

New this year:

• Serpent Sirens Swords - Exotic and mysterious pirate bellydancers

• Hawkeye Harris - children's pirate storyteller from England

• The Anne Bonney and Jack Rackham School of Piracy for the young and Impressionable

The Robert Louis Stevenson Silverado Museum with tales and tidbits from "Treasure Island"


Location: Vallejo Waterfront Park, 289 Mare Island Way, Vallejo Map
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Science Sunday
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join us on the third Sunday of every month (except December) for a public lecture from a marine scientist
Date: The 3rd Su of every month at 1:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free with admission
Special Instructions: We are located at the end of Delaware Avenue.

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

 

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

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

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


Location: La Feliz room, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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The Men of Big BasinóA Fatherís Day Special Event
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State Park Big Basin
Celebrate Father's Day by honoring some of the remarkable men who lived in, worked in and fought for Big Basin.
Date: 06/18/2017 at 1:00pm
Ages: All

The Men of Big Basin-A Father's Day Special Event
Sunday June 18, 2017 at 1 pm
Celebrate Father's Day by honoring some of the remarkable men who lived in, worked in and fought for Big Basin. Living history re-enactments bring you back in time where you will meet pioneer settlers, Big Basin founders and early park rangers. Stroll through the magnificent redwoods on this half mile, 1.5 hour guided walk. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Paws in the Park Series
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Coastal Wattershed Council
Paws in the Park is organized to encourage people and pets to exercise at the Santa Cruz Riverwalk, a city park along the lower
Date: The 3rd Su of every month (May 21-Sep 24) from 10:00am to 11:30am


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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.


Location: Riverwalk, Gateway Plaza by PetSmart, Santa Cruz Map
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Scotts Valley Police
Date: Every day (Jun 19-Aug 4)


WE'RE LOOKING FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
The Scotts Valley Police Officers Association is holding a toy drive to benefit local children and families in need during this holiday season. We are asking the community for donations of new unwrapped toys for all ages beginning today through Dec. 12th. All toys and donations will go directly to Valley Churches United for distribution. Toys and donations can be dropped off at the Scotts Valley Police Department Lobby. You can also come out and see us at the Community Center on Dec. 2nd for the tree lighting event. We will be accepting toys and donations at the event and have some fun activities for the kids. The SVPOA would like to express our gratitude to the community for all its years of support and we wish everyone the best during the upcoming holiday season.


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JUNIOR POLICE ACADEMY
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Scotts Valley Police
Provides students with alternatives to drugs, violence, and other illegal activities through exciting events and educational pro
Date: Every day (Jun 19-Aug 4)


Our Junior Police Academy is accepting registration for our three upcoming summer sessions in June, July, and August. The classes are filling up, so if you want your middle school aged child to participate in these week long sessions please download the form and turn it in at the police department as soon as possible.

 

for Boys & Girls entering 6th, 7th & 8th

JUNIOR POLICE ACADEMY

Junior Police Academy dates for 2017 are currently scheduled for June 19-23, July 10-14 and July 31-Aug 4.  Click here to download a registration form and liability waiver.

 

The Scotts Valley Police Departments Junior Police Academy functions as the department's in-house PAL (Police Activities League) program. It provides students with alternatives to drugs, violence, and other illegal activities through exciting events and educational programs.

 

Our Junior Police Academy has been running since 2000. We offer three week-long sessions, each with room for twenty students. Our program reaches out to students entering 6th, 7th and 8th grades.

 

If you would like to receive more information on the department's Junior Police Academy please contact the Investigations Unit by email or call Juvenile Detective Mike Birley at (831) 440-5656.


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Retro Nights
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Beach Boardwalk
Special weeknight prices for locals!
Date: Every Mon and Tues (Jun 19-Aug 22) at 5:00pm


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Retro Nights

 

Mondays & Tuesdays after 5pm

 

June 19 to August 22, 2017

 

Not valid July 3rd or 4th.

 

Enjoy $1.50 rides and old-school prices throughout the park!

 

Enjoy additional Retro Night Specials at participating locations:

 

 

 

 

 

Boardwalk Rides and Restaurants

  • $1.50 Rides
  • $1.50 Pepsi Fountain Drinks
  • $2 Cotton Candy
  • $2 Hot Dogs
  • $2.75 Chili Dogs
  • $3 Red Candy Apples

Boardwalk Games and Arcades

  • $9.95 Unlimited Attractions (unlimited access to Laser Tag, Laser Maze, Miniature Golf, and the NEW Fright Walk)
  • $2 Select Games
  • 50% off Airbrush Tattoos

Surf City Grill

  • $2.75 Chili Dogs, Kraut Dogs or Nacho Dogs

Beach'N (near Double Shot)

  • $1 Key Chains and Magnets

Sun Shops (near Pirate Ship) and Octopus' Garden (near Haunted Castle)

  • 50% off Select Stickers
  • $3 Puka Shell Necklaces (regularly $7.98)
  • $2 select Puka Anklets (regularly $4.98)

Some specials may be subject to tax.

Purchase a MyBoardwalk Card for $1.50 rides at any Boardwalk Ticket Booth or MyBoardwalk Kiosk.

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Location: Main Beach, 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
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FREE Daily Entertainment
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Beach Boardwalk
FREE Daily Entertainment June 20 - August 14, Noon - 6pm
Date: Every day (Jun 19-Aug 18) from 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: FREE shows noon - 6pm

FREE Daily Entertainment

 

Boardwalk

Engaging performers invite you to be a part of the show!

World-class magicians, acrobats, jugglers, and comedians-all performing FREE at two stages inside the park.

Neptune's Stage located next to Pirate Ship.
Cave Train Stage located near Cave Train.

The Entertainers

Bob at Large Bob's act might make you a little nervous, but his Rolla Bolla balancing, juggling, and unicycle skills are top notch. Entertainer Website 
Greg Frisbee This funny guy has a few tricks up his sleeve like fire juggling, a straight jacket and a rubber chicken! Entertainer Website 
Kevin Armour Acrobatics, hand-balancing, and contortion. 
Marcus Raymond Hysterical comedy, amazing juggling feats & extraordinary escapology. 
Mike Goudeau Professional entertainer and juggler with many years experience working alongside other professionals such as Lance Burton and Penn & Teller. Entertainer Website 
Ryan Kane Award-winning magic show! Entertainer Website 
Scotty & Trink This pair's hilarious combination of comedy and juggling, unicycles and bad judgment will keep you laughing. Entertainer Website

Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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Movie Club
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: The 3rd Tues of every month from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: 8-10

Movie Club

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 


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Perfume Creation Workshop
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The Perfumers Apprentice
Learn how to create perfume!
Date: The 2nd Tues of every month (Jun 13-Jul 13) from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: 10-14 Admission Fees: $125

Put your nose to the test! Come and learn the fundamentals of perfumery. Get real hands on Perfume creation experience and extraction method demonstrations. Each student gets a workbook and goes home with the fragrance they make during each class.
To inquire about exact dates, give us a call!

 

Please come prepared with own lunch.
Please note: we will be working with very aromatic materials.


Location: The Perfumers Apprentice, 200 Technology Circle, Scotts Valley Map
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New Mommy Musical Meet-UP
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Musical Me, Inc. Offers Music Together
Join us every 3rd Tuesday for our "New Mommy Musical Meet-Up"!
Date: The 3rd Tues of every month from 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Ages: birth - 12months Admission Fees: FREE!

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

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

CONTACT: MusicalMe, Inc.
Call: 831-438-3514 or Text: 831-332-9002
registrar@musicalme.com
PO Box 66438, Scotts Valley, CA 95067
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Location: Various Santa Cruz County Locati, 239 High Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Free Movies at the Beach
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Beach Boardwalk
Bring the family and your blanket or low back chair and join us for these classic hits!
Date: Every Wed (Jun 21-Aug 16) at 9:00pm


FREE Movies on the Beach
Wednesday Nights - June 21-August 16, 2017- Admission FREE!


There's nothing quite like watching a classic movie on the beach with the world-famous Giant Dipper Rollercoaster lights twinkling overhead and the smell of Kettlecorn, hot dogs, and salt water taffy filling the air!


Bring the family and your blanket or low back chair and join us for these classic hits!

 

Each movie will include a 15 minute intermission.

Seating is first-come, first-served.

Smoking is not permitted on the beach or Boardwalk. Alcohol and glass are prohibited on the beach.

A limited number of assistive listening devices (ALDs) are available for check-out at the Guest Services office near the Haunted Castle.

If you require other special accommodations or would like to request Closed Captioning, please contact the Manager on Duty at least 48 hours in advance of the movie at (831) 423-5590.

 

 

 


Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Great American Backyard Campout
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National Wildlife Federat ion
You ARE camping out in the backyard, right!
Date: 06/22/2017 at 6:00pm


The Great American Backyard Campout

Thousands of families across the country will be pitching a tent on June 22, 2013 for the 9th annual Great American Backyard Campout, organized by the National Wildlife Federat

ion. This yearly event is part of a larger movement, Be Out There, which encourages families to reconnect with nature.

 

"Whether camping in the great outdoors or in their own backyard, the Great American Backyard Campout is the perfect way for families to make lasting memories and will give them a better understanding of why it's called the great outdoors," says Karoline Hurd, senior manager of events for National Wildlife Federation.

 

Be sure to check out the website which has great information such as packing lists, recipes, wildlife guides, games, Campouts by state (if you are looking for a large group to join), and more. Families will need to register on the site, and can even opt to raise funds for NWF and the Be Out There campaign.

 

Whether you're a seasoned camping family or using the Campout for the first time to test out how your family likes the camping experience, it's a way to slow down busy family schedules, enjoy being together, and appreciate the simple joys only nature can deliver.

 

The Great American Backyard Campout is especially important for kids because, for the first time in our country's history; we have an entire generation that is growing up disconnected from nature. Spending time outdoors, like Campout, makes kids happier and healthier.

 


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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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STARS: Down on the Farm
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St. Joseph's Ministry with People with Disabilities
A Fun Event for those with Disabilities, their Family and Friends!
Date: 06/23/2017 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: None
Special Instructions: Please RSVP to Paching at 662-3212 or nonipaching@yahoo.com

St. Joseph's Ministry with People with Disabilities invites you to join the STARS: Down on the Farm

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Dinner
Barn Dancing with Professional Dance Caller, Andy Wilson
Free, all are welcome

Special thanks to Andy Wilson of www.andywilsondancecaller.com, C. Miller, and the McLoughlin Family of Scotts Valley 4H for their generous spirit.


Location: St. Joseph's Church Hall, 435 Monterey Avenue, Capitola Map
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Free Day!
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Exploratorium, Pier 15
Experience the Exploratorium at Pier 15. Join us for free day
Date: 06/23/2017 at 5:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

The Exploratorium isn't just a museum; it's an ongoing exploration of science, art and human perception-a vast collection of online experiences that feed your curiosity.

 

Call museum to verify free day: (415) 528-4444

 

Annual Free Days
General Admission is free to everyone five days a year. Here are our upcoming Free Days:

 

  • Mother's Day (Sunday, May 14, 2017)
  • Free Community Night (after 5:00 p.m., Friday, June 23, 2017)
  • Free Community Day (Saturday, September 23, 2017)
  • Free Community Day (Sunday, October 22, 2017)

On free days, museum entry is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Location: Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green St), San Francisco Map
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Sidewalk Sale
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Friends of the Santa Cruz State Parks
We'll have an array of discounted and gently shopworn items, including apparel for adults and kids, educational toys, jewelry an
Date: 06/23/2017 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

The ParkStore team will be on Pacific Avenue, right next to Lulu Carpenter's, for the Downtown Santa Cruz Sidewalk Sale. Come by and get a great deal! We'll have an array of discounted and gently shopworn items, including apparel for adults and kids, educational toys, jewelry and housewares.


Location: Downtown Santa Cruz, Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz Map
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Deep in the Redwoods Music Fest
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Escape to the Santa Cruz Mountains for a music filled weekend Deep in the Redwoods!
Date: Every day (Jun 23-Jun 25) from 3:00pm to 12:00am
Admission Fees: $30-$90

Deep in the Redwoods Music Festival

Join us at the first Deep in the Redwoods Music Festival on June 23 & 24!
Escape to the Santa Cruz Mountains for a music filled weekend Deep in the Redwoods!

Featuring, Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, Marty O'Reilly, Naked Bootleggers, Hank & Ella with the Fine Country Band, Bobcat Rob Armenti, Billy Manzik, Jesse Daniel and the Slow Learners, Taylor Rae, Bent with Honey, Tom Vanden Avond and more amazing musicians in this fun two day music and camping festival.

Designed as a small boutique festival, Deep in the Redwoods will be a festival experience you won't easily forget! Camping on site is limited so get your tickets now! Join us for this brand new music festival down by the river and hidden the redwoods!

Tickets on Sale Now!
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Cost: Payment required - 30.00 to 90.00

Categories: Concerts & Tour Dates | Festivals

Links:

Facebook Event | https://www.deepintheredwoods.com/tickets

 


Location: 2015 Eureka Canyon Rd, Watsonville Map
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Annual Pleasure Point Street Fair
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Pleasure Point Business Association
Free, blockbuster entertainment for families!
Date: 06/24/2017 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

 

5th Annual Pleasure Point Street Fair Features 8 Bands, Kids' Zone and Beer & Wine Garden - a Benefit for Jay Moriarity Foundation.

Pleasure Point will be the focal point for local entertainment as people take to the street to enjoy the fith annual Pleasure Point Street Fair on Saturday, June 24 2017. The event will be held on Portola Drive between 41st and 38th Avenues, Santa Cruz, from 11 am - 5 pm with bike parking available, and admission is free.

 

A total of eight local bands will perform a variety of styles of music on two stages including Americana, Blues, Rock, Reggae and Surf Music. The kid's zone will feature crafts and activities from local businesses. In addition, close to 100 vendors will sell arts, crafts, local services, food and beverages. An expanded beer garden will offer New Bohemia Brewing Company's lagers along with Mimosas and wine provided by the Pleasure Point Business Association.

 

The nonprofit beneficiary of this year's fair is the Jay Moriarity Foundation, which was created in the spirit of legendary waterman Jay Moriarity to support local programs that improve the quality of life for our community and environment, and educate and assist our youth.

 


Location: Pleasure Point, Portola Drive between 41st and 38th Avenues, Santa Cruz Map
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Grizzly Gulch 10 Year Anniversary
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San Francisco Zoo
Help us celebrate our bear sisters, Kachina and Kiona
Date: Every day (Jun 24-Jun 25)


It’s the 10th Anniversary of the Hearst Grizzly Gulch at San Francisco Zoo & Gardens! Help us celebrate our bear sisters, Kachina and Kiona, on June 24-25, and learn the interesting history of bears at SF Zoo. 


Along with the extremely popular and action-packed 10:30 am feeding, animal care staff will be delivering an additional Keeper Talk at 2:30 pm. Hang out around Grizzly Gulch and have your face painted like a bear (or another favorite animal), hone your bear drawing skills and have your picture taken with a bear character. You may even catch a special Storytime Station with a book reading about – you guessed it – bears! 

Did you know that back in the late 1800’s, a grizzly bear named Monarch who lived in captivity in San Francisco, was the inspiration behind creating the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens we know and love today? Read about the historical importance of Monarch, what become of him and how his likeness came to be on the California state flag!

Location: 1 Zoo Way, San Francisco Map
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Woodies on the Wharf
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City of Santa Cruz
More than 200 stylish, pre-1952 wood-bodied cars. Plus music, woodie goodies, prize drawings and a parade!
Date: 06/24/2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm


Eras can often be define by their popular cars.

 

What would the 2000s be without the Hummer, the 80s without sports cars, the 60s without VW Vans?  This is the time of year when Santa Cruzans honor the iconic cars of the pre-60s decades.

That's right, it's time for another Woodies on the Wharf event.

 

(A June) Woodies_2016_Poster.jpgWoodies on the Wharf is exactly what it sounds like - Santa Cruz Woodies, a local chapter of the national Woodies Club, show off their pre-1952 wood-bodied automobiles, and invite others to do the same.  The idyllic location of the Santa Cruz wharf just adds some extra eye candy to the day.

The first Woodies on the Wharf, in 1994, featured around three dozen woodies, already making it the second-largest round-up of woodies in the world.  The event has grown to over 200 woodies, and Santa Cruz Woodies expects the momentum to keep going in the years to come.

 

"We grew up with these cars," Rowland Baker, co-founder of Woodies on the Wharf, has said.  "Many of them were running to the beaches here in the 60's while we were trying to ride our bikes with our longboards under our arms.  When a few of us got together and thought about having a display of old woodies as they related to the Santa Cruz Surf culture, we never thought it would grow into one of the largest gathering of wooden cars in America."

 

The woodies will be displayed in all their glory from 10 am to 4 pm, and it's expected to be one of the busiest days on the Wharf all year.  You could easily spend the whole time checking out classic cars, but that's not all there is to do at Woodies on the Wharf.

 

There's live music, t-shirts and other memorabilia for sale, and the entire 100-year old Wharf to enjoy as well.  There's also a raffle with tons of great prizes.

 

The raffle is representative of how much Woodies as an organization gives back to the community.  This list shows where the proceeds from all those raffle tickets go, and Woodies is also known for supporting state parks and lifeguard programs.

 

But possibly one of the best features of Woodies on the Wharf - after the cars, of course - is the accessibility. Attending the event is completely free, and the Woodies are even smart enough to have a free bike valet service for all the car enthusiast who also love to pedal.  Parking is extremely limited, so if you can't walk or ride your bike then hop on the trolley from downtown for the quaintest 25 cent ride you'll take all year.


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Restoration Saturday
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Watsonville Wetlands
Fun-filled day sprucing up the wetlands
Date: 06/24/2017 from 9:00am to 12:00pm


Restoration Saturday June 24th, 9am - 12 noon


It's summer solstice this week and these longer days and ripening fruit signal the time for harvesting. Join us this Saturday to collect and harvest native seed to be used on restoration projects throughout the Watsonville slough system. We'll visit and collect native seed from restored grasslands and wetlands around Hanson Slough, Struve Slough, and Watsonville Slough.

Local wild collected seed have many benefits especially for restoration projects. The plants that grow in the Pajaro Valley watershed are specially adapted to the very specific conditions in which they grow making them well-suited to survive and thrive in the restoration areas where we will be seeding and planting them out These local plants then grow on to provide the important habitat for many different species of wildlife living in the slough system. We'll be collecting Blue Wild Rye (Elymus glaucus), Meadow Barley (Hordeum brachyantherum), Common Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), and many others.

Join us this Saturday and learn about the various habitats of the Watsonville slough system and be a part of the ongoing restoration efforts!

Bring your friends and family! We will meet at the Fitz Wetlands Education Resource Center located on the top of the Pajaro Valley High school campus (500 Harkins Slough Rd.) at 9am. All tools, supplies, and gloves will be provided. Contact Mary for more information at 831-566-4938 or mary@watsonvillewetlandswatch.org


Location: p of the Pajaro Valley High scho, 500 Harkins Slough Rd., Watsonville Map
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Sunday Art & Music at the Beach
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Capitola Village
Music and art
Date: Every Su (Jun 25-Aug 20) from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. June 25; July 2, 16 & 30; August 6 & 20

Sunday Art & Music at the Beach 2017

 

Art at the Beach event.Capitola Village, Esplanade Park
Six Sundays through out the summer:

 

11 a.m. - 5 p.m.  June 25; July 2, 16 & 30; August 6 & 20
Presented by the Capitola Art & Cultural Commission

Please visit Sunday Art & Music at the Beach this summer at Esplanade Park overlooking Capitola Beach and the Monterey Bay.

 

View and purchase quality artwork from local artists including painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry and mixed media and enjoy live music on the Esplanade Stage 2-4 p.m.

 

June 25

Ron Kaplan (Jazz) 

July 2

Simple Creation (Reggae, Roots & Dub) 

July 16

Singing Wood Marimba (World Music) 

July 30

Samba Cruz (Brazilian) 

August 6

Speak Easy 3 (Swing) 

August 20

Kuzunga (World Music) 

 


Location: Esplanade Park, Capitola Village Map
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Etsy Makers Market
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Mandala Holistic Hair and Wellness Studio
Check out the goods of local artisans!
Date: 06/25/2017 from 10:00am to 2:00pm


 

Come by Mandala Studio to check out the goods of local artisans! Breathtaking artwork, organic body care, eco-friendly packaging, gorgeous minerals/gems, ethically made woven baskets, hand dyed silk, unique jewelry, amazing textile art and handmade bags.

 

Refreshments and snacks by The Nourish Bowl!

 


Location: 107 River St, Santa Cruz Map
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Farm Dinner
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Route 1 Farms
Join us in our fields and orchards for a series of magical evenings of fine food, drinks, friends and beauty.
Date: 06/25/2017 from 4:00pm to 8:30pm
Admission Fees: $95-$120

Farm Dinner @ Rancho del Oso

 

This event takes farm to table to a whole new level! Dine al fresco at Rancho del Oso Farm at Waddell Creek, a half an hour outside of Santa Cruz, where for the eighth year in a row Route 1 Farms gathers the community to indulge in a fresh meal made from local, seasonal ingredients. The evening begins in the late afternoon with a welcome reception followed by a tour of the fields. The guest chef for the night will be Stephen Beaumier of Mutari Chocolate, he has an impressive resume including Cyrus in Healdsburg, Quince in San Francisco, and Noma in Copenhagen to name a few. Wine will flow freely from Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery. Dinner is served family style and your ticket is all inclusive so come hungry!

 


2017 Summer Farm Dinner Series

Join us in our fields and orchards for a series of magical evenings of fine food, drinks, friends and beauty.

June 25 @ Rancho del Oso-SOLD OUT-please email/call us with your name and number of desired tickets to be put on the wait list
                      Chef Stephen Beaumier of Mutari Chocolate in Santa Cruz
                      Richard Alfaro of Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery

August 13 @ Rancho del Oso-
                      Chef Jessica Yarr of Assembly in Santa Cruz
                      Eric Stockwell of Stockwell Cellars
 

September 24 SOLD OUT-please email/call us with your name and number of desired tickets to be put on the wait list
                      Chef Katherine Stern of La Posta in Santa Cruz
                      Denis Hoey of Odonata Wines

2017 Route 1 Farms CSA shareholder tickets are $95 each (see below). General public tickets are $120 each.

This year marks our eighth year of gathering the community to share a meal and evening in our farm fields. Each dinner is a unique experience with local chefs who create menus that are seasonal, creative, mouth watering and straight from our fields. Eating local doesn't get any better or more local than eating in the fields that the produce came from. We also feature a local winery to showcase what these talented folks are creating here in our community.

 

Our guest chef for the first dinner will be Stephen Beaumier of Mutari Chocolate in downtown Santa Cruz. Stephen previously worked at Cyrus in Healdsburg, Quince in San Francisco, Noma in Copenhagen and the start up Din, as well as catering many private events. Though we have known and worked with Stephen for a long time, this will be his first farm dinner with Route 1 Farms and we are excited to welcome him to the farm.

 

Our winemaker will be Richard Alfaro of Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery. We are happy to welcome Richard back to the farm to pour with us again this year. Richard is a great partner for our dinners and we love having him join us.... Read the rest


Location: Rancho del Oso Farm, 17 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1, Davenport Map
Phone: (831) 427-2288 •website Davenport create a direct event link
Open Bluegrass Jam
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Crepe Place
Summertime brings warmer weather and a more relaxed pace, perfect for sitting outside on the porch and playing/listening to musi
Date: Every Su (Jun 25-Sep 24) from 5:00pm to 8:00pm


Open Bluegrass Jam

Summertime brings warmer weather and a more relaxed pace, perfect for sitting outside on the porch and playing music with friends. If you're a picker yourself, or maybe you just want to enjoy the show, come on down to the garden stage located in the lush outdoor patio of the Crepe Place for the open bluegrass jam! It's open to the public and happens every Sunday through the Summer until October.

 


Location: 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-6994 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Water-Smart Gardening
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Library
Learn about water smart gardening!
Date: Every day (Jun 27-Jun 29)
Ages: All Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: See details for dates/times/locations

Water-Smart Gardening

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Learn about Water-Smart Gardening in Santa Cruz County and the Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape Recognition Program. Water districts and conservsation groups throughout the county have teamed up to make sure residents have a one-stop-shop for valuable resources on keeping our yards and gardens alive and thriving in Santa Cruz County's climate.

 

  • Get design ideas from photos of local water-smart gardens
  • Learn how to identify plants and see planting details
  • Make a plant list and sort choices by water needs
  • Learn to make the most with rainwater
  • Pick up landscape design ideas

Tue, June 27 2:00-3:00pm, Vai Campbell of Soquel Creek Presents
La Selva Beach Library • 316 Estrella Ave.

 

Thu, June 29 5:30-6:30pm, Vai Campbell of Soquel Creek Presents
Aptos Library • 7695 Soquel Dr.

 

This event is part of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries Summer Reading Program for kids, teens, and adults: Reading by Design. To learn more or to sign up for the program, visit SCPL-SummerReading.

 


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Sean's Music Factory
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Library Live Oak
Join us for a unique, high energy musical performance with Sean's Music Factory
Date: 06/28/2017 from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

Sean's Music Factory

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Join us for a unique, high energy musical performance with Sean's Music Factory. Hear the new hit kids album.

Wednesday • June 28

This event is part of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries Summer Reading Program: Reading by Design. To learn more or to sign up for the program, visit SCPL-SummerReading.

 

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Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-427-7711 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Sean's Music Factory
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Library Aptos
Join us for a unique, high energy musical performance with Sean's Music Factory
Date: 06/28/2017 at 1:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

Sean's Music Factory

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Join us for a unique, high energy musical performance with Sean's Music Factory. Hear the new hit kids album.

Wednesday • June 28

This event is part of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries Summer Reading Program: Reading by Design. To learn more or to sign up for the program, visit SCPL-SummerReading.

 

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Location: 7695 Soquel Dr., Aptos Map
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Sean's Music Factory
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Library Live Oak
Join us for a unique, high energy musical performance with Sean's Music Factory
Date: 06/28/2017 from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

Sean's Music Factory

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Join us for a unique, high energy musical performance with Sean's Music Factory. Hear the new hit kids album.

Wednesday • June 28

This event is part of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries Summer Reading Program: Reading by Design. To learn more or to sign up for the program, visit SCPL-SummerReading.

 

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Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-427-7711 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Bluegrass and Food Trucks at San Lorenzo Park
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Enjoy lively bluegrass music and choose from lots of food trucks
Date: 06/30/2017 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm


Bluegrass and Food Trucks at San Lorenzo Park

 

Join us for LOTS of Food Trucks and LOTS of fun! Choose from a wide selection of delicious and unique food truck menus plus beer and wine garden sponsored by Friends of Parks and Recreation (FOPAR).

 

The theme for June is Blue Grass! Enjoy the sounds of twangy folks songs or bring your own instrument for a community blue grass jam session.

June 30  5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
San Lorenzo Park in Santa Cruz
137 Dakota Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

 


Location: San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota Ave , Santa Cruz Map
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Campfire Programs
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State Park Henry Cowell
Sing songs, play games, hear stories and learn all about our unique and beautiful park
Date: Every Th, Fri and Sa (Jun 30-Sep 3) at 8:00pm

Special Instructions: (not July 22, and July 29)

Campfire Programs

Join us in our campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about redwood ecology, creatures of the forest or stories of the park while relaxing in the shadows of the towering trees. Wheelchair, stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome! Campground entrance is located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

 


Location: 101 Big Trees Park Rd, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
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