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International Games Week
Special gaming programs and events suitable for the whole family
Every day (Oct 30-Nov 4)
Location: 251 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley Map

International Games Week Brings Community Together to Read, Learn and Play!

The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL) will join over a thousand libraries around the world during International Games Week as they transform their libraries with play October 29th through November 4th.

Like many other libraries across the country and around the world, SCPL will offer special gaming programs and events suitable for the whole family.

Magic the Gathering Train and Play,
Epic Adventure Games hosts this all ages training camp for the popular game. Monday, October 30th 3:00-5:00pm

Mario Kart Tournament, A bracketed tournament for all ages.  Tuesday, October 31st 3:00-5:00pm

Tabletop Night,  An adults only evening program featuring wacky games like Exploding Kittens.
Wednesday, November 1st 6:30-8:30pm

(0 Oct 2017) GamesWeek_IGA.jpgThrowback Thursday, Classic games such as chess, checkers, Monopoly, and The Game of Life. All ages are welcome. Thursday,November 2nd All day.

Friday Night Trivia, A community event hosted by SCPL, Friends of the Scotts Valley Library, Epic Adventure Games, and Steel Bonnet Brewing Company. All ages are welcome. Friday, November 3rd 6:30-8:00pm

Board in the Library Game-A-Thon, Lancelot's Merry Band of Gamers all-day gaming marathon. Adults only please. Saturday,November 4th 10:00am-5:00pm

 

International Games Week is an international initiative supported by the American Library Association, the Australian Library and Information Association, Nordic Game Day and L'Associazione Italiana Biblioteche.

 

For more information on International Games Week please visit the Games in Libraries blog http://games.ala.org/ For more information on the events at the Scotts Valley Library, please contact Jennifer Hooker at 831-427-7712.

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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
Come visit our adoptable animals from 12-4pm! 
(weather permitting)

  PET PALS
  3660 Soquel Drive
​  Soquel, CA


Location: 3660 Soquel Drive, Soquel Map
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Free First Friday
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Enjoy our intertidal touch pool, large-screen microscope, and geology exhibit and "dig pit".
Date: Every day from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: FREE

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


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

Guided Redwood Grove Walks

Saturdays at 11 am & 2 pm

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

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
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Live Oak Grange
Bring what you can. Take what you need.
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $2/family


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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

2017 Open House days at Castro Adobe

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

 

The open houses will be 11am to 3pm

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

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

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

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


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-335-6318 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
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
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
Phone: (831) 429-1840. •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
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State Park Henry Cowell
Join us on a guided scavenger hunt along our trails.
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
Saturdays at 1 pm


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

 

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

 

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


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Guided Hikes
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure - ask any questions you may have
Date: Every Su, Mon, Th, Fri and Sa (Jul 1-Jul 31) at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10
Special Instructions: Saturdays at 11 am & 2 pm

Guided Hikes
Thursdays through Mondays in July at 1pm
This moderately paced hike is tailored to the group's interests. Based on group size, experience level and weather conditions, we'll choose from the many trails that explore the park's most scenic areas. Meet at the Campfire Center in the campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Art in the Arboretum
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
Highlights of this exhibition include gigantic woven nests, ceramic fields of wild mustard, concrete Eucalyptus seedpods with en
Date: Every day (May 20-Nov 17)
Admission Fees: $5 for Adults and $2 for Children (6 to 17 years old), and free under 6
Special Instructions: open from 9:00 to 5:00, except July 4, Thanksgiving Day, December 25-26 & 30-31, and January 1-6.

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


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Art in the Arboretum: Environmental Installations

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

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

 

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

 

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

Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Birding Walk, Elkhorn Slough
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Elkhorn Slough
Go on a guided bird hunt, begin or add to your list of sitings
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 8:30am

Special Instructions: Meet in the parking lot behind Whole Enchilada

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

 

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

 

 


Location: 1700 Elkhorn Road , Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 728-2822 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Tour the Pacific Migrations Center
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State Park New Brighton
Self-guided tour highlights history of Pacific Rim migrations
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 7-12

 Tour the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach

Come explore the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach. This free mini-museum highlights the history of Pacific Rim migrations and how they have influenced the Monterey Bay area. 

The exhibits explore the contributions of Chinese fishers, who established fishing camps on the Monterey Bay coastline beginning in the 1850s. Fishers dried and shipped most of their catch to markets up and down the coast, as well as across the Pacific. Chinese fish merchants also sold their fresh catch in local towns. China Beach, as New Brighton was known at the time, lasted until the mid-1880s. 

The center, which is supported by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays. It also includes a ParkStore, offering nature and history-themed merchandise for sale. All proceeds benefit local parks and beaches.

Self-guided tours of the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center are free. Docent-led tours are available for groups. Contact Jean Bernard at the Visitor Center, 831-464-5620, to schedule. Parking at New Brighton State Beach is $10 and supports the park. New Brighton State Beach is located at 1500 Park Ave. in Capitola


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

Elkhorn Slough Calendar Photography Contest

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Location: Porter Ranch, 1700 Elkhorn Rd, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 728-2822 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
PopUp Beach Reads Book Sale
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Library Garfield
Pick up some great reads for your summer beach days.
Date: 07/01/2017
Ages: 3-6

(0 June 2017) Library_KermitBike.jpgJoin us for a PopUp Beach Reads Book Sale at your Garfield Park Branch Library on Saturday, July 1st.

 

Celebrate the new branch hours while you pick up some great reads for your summer beach days.

 

The book sale will take place outside, in front of the library.

 

 

 


Location: 705 Woodrow Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-427-7709 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate 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
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Amazing Cardboard
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Exploratorium
An ongoing exploration of science, art and human perceptiona vast collection of online experiences that feed your curiosity.
Date: Every day (Jun 17-Sep 4) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Pier 15, which is on the Embarcadero at Green Street

"People will be surprised by what can be done with cardboard. The closer they get, the more they'll find... I hope people leave from this with their own ideas of what they can do." - Jesse Wilson, Cardboard Institute of Technology

This is only the beginning. Come see how these artists bring this everyday material to life at #WelcomeToWildcard, June 17 through Sept. 4.

 

More info: https://www.exploratorium.edu/wildcard

 


Location: Pier 15, San Francisco Map
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Picnic in the Park
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Old Monterey Foundation
relax with music, food & special kid activities
Date: 07/01/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm


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Live music & entertainment with Derik Bodkin and the Hovering Breadcat Folk Ensemble; DiFranco Dance Project and Ragamuffin Musical Theatre Company.

 

Food & Grog

Poke Lab, Taste of Mexico and Indian Gourmet. Sweet treats and Beverages including beer and wine.

 

Historic Re-enactment

face Painting

Walking Tours

Scavenger Hunt

Pirate Costume Contest with Prizes

 

 


Phone: 831-346-3030 •website Monterey create a direct event link
From the Tall to the Small
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State Park Big Basin
The Unique Coast Redwoods in Big Basin
Date: Every Su, Mon, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Jun 3-Sep 10) at 7:00pm


SPECIAL GUEST CAMPFIRE!
From the Tall to the Small-The Unique Coast Redwoods in Big Basin
Friday, August 25 at 7 pm
Marshmallow roasting: 7 pm, Program 7:30 pm
Zane Moore, a redwood researcher, will speak about Big Basin's tallest tree in the world south of San Francisco, and then discuss the extremely rare albino redwoods, considered by some to be the redwood's biggest mystery. And join Zane for a walk on Saturday, August 26 at 12:30 to see how scientists measure these, tall, tall trees!


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek 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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San Francisco Botanical Gardens
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San Francisco Botanical Garden
Escape to a unique 55-acre urban oasis of extraordinary beauty at San Francisco Botanical Garden, showcasing over 8,000 differen
Date: Every day

Special Instructions: 2nd Tuesday is FREE DAY

Second Tuesday of every month is free!

 

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

 

Free Admission Day Every second Tuesday of the month

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

 

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

Free Tours Daily; 1:30pm at Main Gate

 

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

Navigating t! he Garden

 

Free Admission Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden

 

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

Last entry: Fall & Winter

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

From a reviewer: 9/12/2016

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


Location: Golden Gate Park, 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco Map
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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
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
Red, White & Blue Block Party
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City of Los Gatos
Come relax and enjoy the downtown businesses and family friendly activities. We are looking forward to celebrating the 4th of J
Date: 07/01/2017 at 11:00am


Saturday, July 1, 10:30am to 4pm  Downtown Los Gatos 

 

Come relax and enjoy the downtown businesses and family friendly activities.  We are looking forward to celebrating the 4th of July as a community! 


North Santa Cruz will be closed to vehicle traffic from the intersection of Main Street and North Santa Cruz Avenue to the intersection of Bachman Avenue and North Santa Cruz Avenue.

 

Live Music:  Peninsula Banjo Band
Country Cougars
KRTY Live 
Performances:Sizzling Seniors (10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)
Atlas Vocal Studio ( 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
National Anthem (3:30 p.m.)

 

Family Fun 
Activities:
  Children's Train Rides
Face Painting
Rock Climbing Wall
Super Slide 
Parklets to Relax
Storytime with Los Gatos Library (11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.) Dunk Tank hosted by Lions Club 
Bounce Houses hosted by Lions Club Arts and Crafts hosted by Daughters of the American Revolution
Paint Fireworks Arts and Craft hosted by NUMU
Community Art Project
Veterans Memorial Foundation Booth 
Operation Yellow Ribbon 


Star Spangled Stroll: Decorating Station hosted by Kiwanis (3:00 p.m.) Bike Valet hosted by Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission

 


Location: North Santa Cruz St, Los Gatos Map
Phone: (408) 354-9300 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
A moveable feast of fresh, locally grown produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats and poultry, baked goods, music and good comp
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed and Sa
Ages: All

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Location: 2801 Mission St, Santa Cruz Map
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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
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Chicken Fun
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Glaum Egg Ranch
Buy eggs and get a bonus, an animated chicken show
Date: Every Mon, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa from 6:00am to 8:00pm


(A June) GlaumChickensDancing.jpgGlaum Egg Ranch

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

 

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

 

Glaum Egg Ranch Machine Hours

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

 

100% Cage Free & Organic California Family Farm Eggs

 

Ranch Store Hours

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


Location: 3100 Valencia Rd, Aptos Map
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Salvador Dali Museum
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Dali17 Museum
The exhibition will be the largest collection of Dalis 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
Arboretum Garden Free Day
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
A tranquil place to see plants from around the world plus quail, bunnies...
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Free Day 1st Tuesday

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

 

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


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


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Fourth of July Weekend Celebration and Talent Show!
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State Park Big Basin
If you have a skit, poem, song or a talent you would like to share, sign up at headquarters in advance.
Date: 07/01/2017 at 7:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: ampers

Fourth of July Weekend Celebration and Talent Show!
Saturday July 1, 2017 at 7 pm
Come and celebrate Independence Day with a campfire, sing-a-long and talent show! If you have a skit, poem, song or a talent you would like to share, sign up at headquarters in advance.

All 3-5 minute presentations should be appropriate for all ages. Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 7 pm; program begins at 7:30 pm.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8018 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Blast from the Past
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SLV Museum
Learn about the great explosion of 1898!
Date: Every day (Feb 18-Oct 8)
Admission Fees: free, donations appreciated
Special Instructions: Opening Reception: February 25, 2017 2-4pm

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 


Location: 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8382 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
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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Campfire & Music
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State Park New Brighton
Campfire & Music Saturdays through Labor Day
Date: Every Fri and Sa (Jul 1-Sep 3) at 7:30pm


New Brighton State Beach

The park is located in Capitola, just south of Santa Cruz.

Visitor Center Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am to 4pm | Phone (831) 464-5620

 

Campfire Programs

Friday nights at 7:30pm

Join us in our campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about ecology, creatures of the ocean or stories of the park while relaxing under the night sky. Event is free; parking is $10. For more information, please call (831) 464-5620. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

Summer Concert Series

Saturday Nights at 7:30pm

Join California State Parks in welcoming New Brighton beaches weekly outdoor concert series. Every Saturday in July, we will be featuring a local musician at our campfire center. Performers include Watsonville Taiko Drummers, Western Sing-a-long with Michelle Kiba, Designated Drivers, Indonesian Gamelan, and Simmons Family Band. Event is free; parking is $10. For more information, please call (831) 464-5620. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

If you have a park pass, the parking is free, if not it's $10.


Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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Take the Dogs Out!
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SPCA
Hang out with adoptable dogs
Date: Every day from 9:00am to 3:00pm


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

Wanna become a volunteer? We've got orientation dates open in June and July! Get yourself signed up online :)
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Location: 2685 Chanticleer Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Summer Concert Series
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State Park New Brighton
Campfire concerts. Bring your blankets and beach chairs!
Date: Every Sa (Jul 1-Aug 27) from 7:30pm to 8:30pm


Summer Concert Series

Saturday Nights at 7:30pm

Join California State Parks in welcoming New Brighton beaches weekly outdoor concert series. Every Saturday we will be featuring a local musician at our campfire center. Performers include Watsonville Taiko Drummers, Western Sing-a-long with Michelle Kiba, Designated Drivers, Indonesian Gamelan, and Simmons Family Band. Event is free; parking is $10. For more information, please call (831) 464-5620. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

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Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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Animal Advocates Afterschool Club
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Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
Club offers opportunities for young animal lovers
Date: Every day

Special Instructions: Starts up in October

Animal Advocates Afterschool Club

Youth Service Clubs at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter


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

 

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


Kids Animal Advocates (1st - 5th graders)

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

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

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

Click here for further information and to register!



Youth Animal Advocates (5th - 9th graders)

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

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

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

Click here for further information and to register!


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


Location: 2200 7th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Kaiwa Open Studio and Play Time!
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Kaiwa Art & Play Space
Date: Every Fri and Sa from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: 3-12 Admission Fees: $15/hr
Special Instructions: Pre-registration required

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

 


Location: 185 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 316-0918 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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
Phone: 831-423-2053 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Littlle Rangers & Junior Rangers
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State Park Butano
Slow paced walk with time to discover and identify plants, flowers and animals
Date: Every Su (Jul 1-Sep 3)


Little Rangers

Saturdays & Sundays at 10 am
This fun program is designed for children ages 3 to 6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This 30 minute program will introduce youngsters to the wonders of the redwood forest. Meet at the Campfire Center.

Junior Rangers

Saturdays & Sundays at 11 am
Play games, hike, and explore the redwood forest during this 1 hour program for kids’ ages 7 to 12. Sorry parents, this is a kid’s only program! Meet at the picnic area.

Junior Rangers gather at more than 70 California State Parks. Recieve your logbook and badge after completing your first program, and begin your Junion Ranger journey.


Location: 1500 Cloverdale Rd, Pescadero Map
Phone: (650) 879-2040 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Twilight Adaptation Adventure
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State Park Big Basin
Come test your nocturnal abilities on this fun, 1.5-hour, half-mile walk
Date: Every Su (Aug 6-Aug 13) at 7:30pm
Ages: Able to do 3.5 mile hike

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


Location: Highway 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
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
SurvivorBig Basin!
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State Park Big Basin
Imagine yourself way, way back in the time of the dinosaurs...
Date: 07/02/2017 at 10:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Survivor-Big Basin Walk: Dinosaurs in Big Basin?
This fun program about plant and animal survival through the ages is for school age kids and parents, but anyone who can make the fairly flat 1-mile walk is welcome! Docents Micki Downs and Maura McNamara share child-friendly redwood information and activities on this beautiful trail. Free play time in an awesome redwood fairy ring will give the adults a chance to explore deeper forest issues. Dinosaurs will be highlighted! Meet at Park Headquarters.

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
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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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
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
Junior Rangers & Little Rangers
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State Park Henry Cowell
Fun in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park with a Park Naturalist
Date: Every Su, Mon, Th, Fri and Sa (Jul 3-Sep 3) from 11:00am to 12:15pm
Ages: 7-12
Special Instructions: Jr 7-12 & Little 3-6 ~ Note different times

Junior Rangers
Thursdays through Mondays in July at 10:30am
Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore, practice outdoor skills and play games as you learn about plants, animals, geology, and more. This one-hour program is for kids ages 7-12. Sorry parents, this program is for kids only! Please be sure your child is dressed for active play in the outdoors. Meet at Campfire Center, in the campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

 

Little Rangers
Thursdays through Mondays in July at 9:30am
This fun program is for children ages 3-6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This half-hour program will introduce youngsters to the wonders of the redwood forest. Meet at Campfire Center, in the campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

 


Location: Campfire Center, 2591 Graham Hill Road, Scotts Valley Map
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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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"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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SONOMA'S OLD-FASHIONED FOURTH OF JULY PARADE & CELEBRATION
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Sonoma Volunteer Firefighter's Association
One of the ten best 4th of July celebrations in the country
Date: 07/04/2017 at 10:00am


Sonoma Community Center presents: Old-Fashioned 4th of July Parade & Celebration

Sonoma's award-winning Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Parade has been produced by the Sonoma Community Center for more than half a century.  The parade is a nationally recognized, traditional, small-town celebration intended for the enjoyment of all ages.  The parade is an inclusive event and a wide range of participation is encouraged including: individuals, community and youth organizations, businesses and musical entries.

See more at: http://sonomacommunitycenter.org/4th-of-july-sonoma.html#sthash.ax1QBaUZ.dpuf

Help support the Parade!  Donate Now  Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

This years theme is HONORING OUR LOCAL HEROES

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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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Saratoga Independence Day
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Parade, Sing-alongs, band, free popsicles and flags for children...
Date: 07/04/2017 at 9:30am


An all-volunteer event first organized in 2003, the Saratoga July 4th program is an annual, old-fashioned Independence Day celebration honoring our nation's birthday with a patriotic family program intended to unite our diverse community, and to remind us of our founders and freedoms.

 

Activities will include:

 

  •  Color Guard presenting the flag
  •  McCartysville Volunteer Band playing patriotic tunes
  •  Actors in costume as American historical characters
  •  Youth chorus and sing-alongs of patriotic tunes
  •  Children's/Family parade
  •  Free popsicles for all and flags for children
  • Montalvo Arts will host a crafts table for the youth.
  • The local branch of Bank of America will host an area where kids and adults can draw pictures and write letters to our troops, to be forwarded to military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan by
         OPERATION: CARE AND COMFORT
  • Donations will also be accepted. For a list of needed items, click here: OCC - Shopping List

The band wants more musicians! Share this link with your instrumentalist friends: www.villageband.com


An all-volunteer event first organized in 2003, the Saratoga July 4th program is an annual, old-fashioned Independence Day celebration honoring our nation's birthday with a patriotic family program intended to unite our diverse community, and to remind us of our founders and freedoms.

 

The budget is kept small, thanks to donations of time, services, and funds by area residents and organizations, but the event typically hosts 800 to 1000 guests, including civic leaders, veterans, seniors, families, children, and new citizens.

 

Attendees are reminded of the sacrifices and patriotic leadership that created this nation, as we celebrate the Declaration of Independence, that announced our freedom from tyranny, and that "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

 

The program includes stirring patriotic songs, a community band, recognition of our military, a few short speeches, community group participation, ceremonial ringing of the liberty bell, and concludes with a short, old‐fashioned parade around the park.

 

Come and celebrate the birth of America and our freedoms. Everyone is encouraged to wear patriotic colors and carry a flag. Children are encouraged to decorate their bikes and pets with red, white, and blue. Veterans are encouraged to wear their uniforms.


Location: Kevin Moran Park, 12415 Scully Avenue, Saratoga Map
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Fireworks with a Splash
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Morgan Hill Freedom Fest
This year's Fireworks Show will surely be a highlight
Date: 07/04/2017
Admission Fees: If you drive, $10 parking fee
Special Instructions: 16500 Condit Road, located between Tennant and E. Dunne Avenue

Fireworks with a Splash

Fireworks seem to be the highlight of most people's memories of the 4th of July. This year's Fireworks Show will surely be a highlight for many of our community's children as it is shaping up to be one the best ever. We have partnered with the Morgan Hill Aquatics Foundation to add their Family Fun Night to our Fireworks on the Green thus creating Fireworks with a Splash.

 

July 4th Freedom Fest Fireworks on the Green
5:00 pm Gates open
6:00 pm One Country opens event
7:30 pm Patriotic Sing
8:30 pm HackJammers
9:30 or Dusk FIREWORKS SHOW BEGINS!!!

 

ACCESS TO VENUE CLOSES FROM ALL ENTRY STREETS AT 9pm

GO TO WWW.MHOSC.COM FOR DIRECTIONS, PARKING AND DETAILS ON WHAT TO BRING AND WHAT NOT TO BRING


Location: 16500 Condit Road, Morgan Hill Map
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Scotts Valley 4th of July
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City of Scotts Valley
Real fireworks!!
Date: 07/04/2017 at 3:00pm
Admission Fees: $6 in advance, $8 day of event, Kids 4 and under are free

Community 4th of July Parade - Scotts Valley Drive. Parade entry forms at Parks & Recreation Office. Fireworks Celebration with entertainment, games & food @ Skypark. Tickets will be available in June.

 

Funds raised support parks, services, children's programs and our community as well as continuing this great family event.

 

3pm Parade on Scotts Valley Dr.
4pm Food, Music & Games at Skypark
9:15pm Fireworks Show


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4th of July Pancake Breakfast
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Boulder Creek Fire Station
Proceeds go towards the purchase of Rescue and Medical equipment.
Date: 07/04/2017 from 7:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All

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Boulder Creek Volunteer Fire Department Annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast

 

Come support the Boulder Creek Volunteer Fire Department at our annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast. Our firefighters will be serving up all you can eat pancakes (original, blueberry & chocolate chip), eggs, sausage, fruit, coffee and juice.

 

All proceeds go towards the purchase of new rescue equipment. These donations are crucial to the success of our volunteers. Money collected goes towards the purchase of new medical and rescue equipment.

 

Prices are $10 per adult. $5 for kids 3 to 12. Kids 2 and under are free.

 

If you can't make it, or would otherwise like to make a donation to our volunteers, you can do so easily on our website bcfd.com All donations are tax deductible.

Also catch the Boulder Creek 4th of July Parade while you're in town. This is an open event so please share this invite with anyone who is not already invited.

 


Location: 13230 Central Ave, Boulder Creek Map
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Fire in the Sky Open House
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Watsonville Flyin & Air Show
Spectacular fun and educational too!
Date: 07/04/2017 from 5:00pm to 9:30pm


The Municipal Airport will open its doors on July 4th from 5:00 pm until 9:30pm. for the "Fire in the Sky" Open House. This Open House event is an important part of the Airport's efforts to reach out to the community and highlight the importance of this community asset to our region.

The Open House will feature a festival-like open seating atmosphere and will include formation flyovers, a variety of food trucks, introductory flights, and, given the later start, an early evening outdoor animated motion picture (Angry Birds) for the kids. To close the evening and in line with the celebration of the 4th of July, we will host a professional firework show.

This year law enforcement aviation assets from the California Highway Patrol and Santa Cruz County Sheriff will display their aircraft. Additionally, air ambulance Calstar and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) will bring aircraft to the field. The Watsonville Municipal Airport tenants have also been invited to display personal, flying club, trainers and corporate aircraft.

Admission is free. Vehicles may park on the crosswind runway for $10.00.

The event will also feature a VIP area inside of the United Flight Services Hangar. The VIP area is sponsored by several community businesses who are supporting this community event.


Location: Watsonville Airport, Airport Rd, Watsonville 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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Pleasure Point 4th of July Parade
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Pleasure Point Community
A fun, impromptu, spontaneous gathering of community. Will Wonder Women be there again this year??
Date: 07/04/2017 at 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 1st Peak Park to the Hook

(0 July 2017) 4th_PleasurePt_WondeWoman.jpgA fun, impromptu, spontaneous gathering of community.

 

Will Wonder Women be there again this year??


Come and find out.

 

Super Hero Costumes Welcome

 


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Performance by the San Jose Wind Symphony
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City of Los Gatos
Date: 07/04/2017 from 4:00pm to 11:00am


 

 

Performance by the San Jose Wind Symphony

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Flag Raising ceremony at 4:00 pm

 

 

Show starts at 4:15 pm

 

 

 

Location: Oak Meadow Park Bandstand

 


Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad will be operating the train and carousel before the event BBQ, Snack bar, & Beer Garden provided by Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad


Look forward to booths from the Veterans Memorial Foundation and Operation Yellow Ribbon


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Sack Puppet Saturdays
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The Puppetry Institute
Bring yourself and the kids to this free introduction to puppetry
Date: Every Tues from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


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


Location: The Octagon, 118 Cooper St , Santa Cruz Map
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July 4th Road Closures and Safety Zone
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Santa Cruz Police
If you wish to go to beaches for the 4th, check for road closures and plan accordingly
Date: 07/04/2017


(0 July 2017) 4th_Police_FireworksFine.jpgJuly 4th Road Closures and Safety Zone

In an effort to maintain safety during the July 4th holiday the department will be enacting a Safety Enhancement Zone in certain areas between July 2-6. The zone, with a map available  creates triple fines for certain municipal code violations. In addition there will be detours and road closures on July 4th.

 

As in previous years, deputies on the Fourth of July also will check beachgoers in Live Oak and other county areas for alcohol, glass, weapons and fireworks - which are prohibited on beaches.


Road Closures

County leaders plan to control traffic in several areas from 7 p.m. to midnight July Fourth so emergency vehicles can reach the beach. Deputies also will check beachgoers for alcohol, glass, weapons and fireworks.

 

Davenport Main Beach.
East Cliff Drive at 12th, 13th and 14th avenues.
San Andreas Road and Estrella Avenue in La Selva Beach.
Rio del Mar Esplanade.
Rio del Mar Boulevard and Clubhouse Drive.
17thAvenue and Capitola Road.
17th Avenue and Brommer Street.
Seventh Avenue and Capitola Road.
Seventh Avenue and Brommer Street.

 

 

 


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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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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
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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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4th of July BBQ in Pacific Grove City
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Chamber of Commerce Pacific Grove
Celebrate the 4th with an old-fashioned, down-home BBQ
Date: 07/04/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm


4th of July BBQ in Pacific Grove City

Join the Chamber of Commerce and celebrate the 4th with an old-fashioned, down-home BBQ in Caledonia Park (behind the Post Office). Great food, live entertainment and a chance to enjoy a patriotic celebration.

 

Pacific Grove Rotary Club presents "Declaration of Independence"

 

Chicken or Hot Dog lunch $10, Includes potato salad, garlic bread, salad and dessert. Served 11-3

 

Live Entertainment: The Firefly Band, Tommy Faia and the Juice, Monterey Peninsula Voices

 

Bounce House for Kids

 

 

 


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The World's Shortest Parade & Pancake Breakfast & "Party in the
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Chamber of Commerce Aptos
Perfect parade length -short! Anyone can parade
Date: 07/04/2017 at 7:30am


(Photos General) Dogs_4thJulyParadeAptos.jpgAptos will celebrate the 4th of July with the World's Shortest Parade! Come and join us for our World's Shortest Parade in Aptos.

 

America, your land, my land, our land! The 4th of July reminds us that this is a country built on liberty and gives everyone a chance to come together and celebrate our great nation as one. The Aptos 4th of July festivities have been bringing communities together for over 55 years and invites you to be a sponsor to show your involvement and commitment to local community during a fun, family focused 4th of July.

 

The Aptos' "World's Shortest Parade" has gained national recognition as one of the top seven 4th of July parades by the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler on the magazine's daily traveler web site. The festivities begin with a "good ol' fashioned" Pancake Breakfast followed by the "World's Shortest Parade", ending with a "Party in the Park" with games, music and food for the whole family. This day-long celebration draws thousands of people from all over the state and we hope you will consider this a valuable partnership for your company.

 

  • 7:00a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast in the parking lot of Burger at 7941 Soquel Drive, $10 adults/ $5 children. Enjoy a traditional breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage, orange juice, and coffee before the “World’s Shortest Parade”. Partial proceeds will be donated to Search and Rescue.
  • 10:00a.m. -12:00p.m. "World's Shortest" Parade will begin at the corner of Soquel and State Park Drive, and continue to the Bay View Hotel
12:00p.m.-4:00 p.m. Party in the Park! After the parade, bring the family to AptosVillagePark where there will be festivities for all to enjoy. Live Music will be provided by local favorite band "Extra Large", as well as food, games and fun for the whole family. Donations of $5 for adults are appreciated, children, as always, are free. Happy 4th of July! $5 donation

 

Dog groups gather for the parade behind the Wells Fargo Bank, but check with Living with Dogs:

www.livingwithdogs.us/events.html

Location: Aptos Village, 7701 Soquel Dr. (at State Park Dr.), Aptos Map
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ALBA SCHOOL 4th of July Celebration & BBQ
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Alba School
Benefit for Alba Schoolhouse, Orchestra, Homemade Ice cream, Nature Display, Plant and Book Sales, Book Signing, Raffle, Penny P
Date: 07/04/2017 from 11:30am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 1.5 miles down from Empire Grade or 2 miles up from Hwy 9

Orchestra, Homemade Ice cream, Nature Display, Plant and Book Sales, Book Signing, Raffle, Penny Pitch, Dessert and Drink Sales, Fire Engine, Schoolhouse History, and more

 

Schedule:
11:30 San Lorenzo Valley Orchestra
12:00 Flag raising, singing
12:30 – 2pm BBQ lunch
12:30 Alba School History Tour
1:00 Auction

 

BBQ lunch includes choice of hot dog or veggie-dog with salad and beans for $6. Kid’s meal (hot dog only) for $4. Drinks, homemade ice cream and desserts are extra.

 

Your participation helps preserve and maintain this historic treasure.  Join us for an old fashioned social gathering in the redwoods. See what a one-room school was like!

 

Alba School is two miles up Alba Road from Hwy 9 in Ben Lomond, or 2 miles down Alba from Empire Grade. Please carpool if possible, as parking is limited.


Location: 12070 Alba Road, Bonny Doon Map
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Save Our Shores 4th July Beach Cleanups
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Save Our Shores
Save Our Shores invites residents and visitors to participate in beach cleanup activities
Date: Every day (Jul 4-Jul 5)


POLLUTION PREVENTION IS PATRIOTIC! Every year, thousands of beachgoers visit Monterey Bay beaches to celebrate the birth of our nation. Unfortunately, the celebration often results in tons of trash littering our shores. To prevent waste from entering the ocean and harming wildlife, Save Our Shores is hosting pollution prevention outreach at Hotspot beaches across the Central Coast and organizing its popular Star Spangled Cleanup the morning after July 4th. The effort is a part of our Holiday Relief Program in partnership with the City of Santa Cruz.

Last year, 182 volunteers removed nearly 3,000 pounds of trash from 11 Hotspot beaches across the Monterey Bay in just two hours.

 

We have cleanups happening in both Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties on July 5th. Cleanups are happening rain or shine! If you are interested in joining our Star Spangled Beach Cleanup efforts, simply show up the day of to participate or contact cleanup@saveourshores.org

 

4th of July Pollution Prevention

By reminding beachgoers to enjoy their holiday responsibly, Save Our Shores has seen a significant reduction in beach pollution. Last year, a team of 41 volunteers handed out 1,611 trash bags at six Hotspot beaches along in the Monterey Bay. In just four hours, the group spoke to 3,000 beachgoers about the impact of beach pollution, as well as offered tips for a litter-free holiday. You can help!

 

Venue Name Meet-Up Location Time
Natural Bridges State Beach, with Sanctuary Stewards Steve Luckenbach & family Check-in located in the main parking area for Natural Bridges Beach near the Natural Bridges Visitors Center. Bathrooms and drinking fountains available. noon-4pm
Cowell and Main Beach, with Save Our Shores staff, Sanctuary Stewards Katy Manning & Nancy Connelly, & Bold Earth Teen Adventures Youth Group Same as cleanup location noon-4pm
Seabright Beach, with Sanctuary Steward Petra Same as cleanup location noon-4pm
Twin Lakes Beach, with Sanctuary Steward Ali Eppy Same as cleanup location noon-4pm
Sunny Cove Beach, with Sanctuary Steward Nancy Connelly Same as cleanup location noon-4pm
Rio Del Mar Beach, with Sanctuary Steward George Williams Same as cleanup location noon-4pm
Hidden Beach, with Save Our Shores' staff member Melanie Franklin Same as cleanup location noon-4pm
Beer Can Beach, with Sanctuary Steward LeAnn Copriviza

 

July 5 Star-Spangled Beach Cleanup

Last year, on the 5th, 182 volunteers joined Save Our Shores to pick up over 2,000 pounds of pollution from local beaches. Join Save Our Shores from 9-11 a.m. at the following beaches in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties:

 

SANTA CRUZ CLEANUPS July 5

 

Venue Name Meet-Up Location Time
Davenport Main Beach Check in the parking lot across Highway 1 from Whale City Bakery 9-11am
Cowell and Main Beach, with Sanctuary Steward Haley Check-in will be located down on Cowell Beach right off from the Cowell Beach parking lot. There are bathrooms and drinking fountains available. Volunteers will be sent to clean both Cowell Beach and Santa Cruz Main Beach. 9-11am
Seabright Beach, with the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History Adopt-A-Beach Check-in located near the main entrance to Seabright Beach right off of East Cliff Drive across from the Natural History Museum. Bathrooms and drinking fountains available. 9-11am
Twin Lakes Beach, with Jerry from the Santa Cruz chapter of Surfrider Foundation Check-in will be located at the main bathrooms at Twin Lakes State Beach right near the intersection of 7th ave and East Cliff Drive. Volunteers will be sent to clean Twin Lakes Beach and Harbor Beach. Bathrooms and drinking fountains available. 9-11am
Sunny Cove Beach, with Sanctuary Steward Mary Scheller Check-in will be located at the end of 17th Ave by the bluff overlook 9-11am
Rio Del Mar Beach, with Sanctuary Steward George Williams & Norm Beeson Check-in located right off of main Esplanade near the main bathrooms. Parking lot available as well as bathrooms and drinking fountains. Waste Collection: Please leave 2 clear piles (one trash, one recycle) near the trash cans closest to the main bathrooms. 9-11am
Hidden Beach, with Rio Del Mar Homeowners Association Adopt-A-Beach Check-in will be located at the end of Cliff Dr. at the entrance of Hidden Beach Playground 9-11am
Beer Can Beach, with Aptosia Adopt-A-Beach Check-in will be located at the top of the stairs above Beer Can Beach off of Via Palo Alto 9-11am
Natural Bridges State Beach, with Sanctuary Steward Jackie Nunez Check-in located in the main parking area for Natural Bridges Beach near the Natural Bridges Visitors Center. Bathrooms and drinking fountains available.

Find out more, and learn how you can get involved at the Save Our Shores.


Location: Local Beaches, Santa Cruz County Map
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Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration
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Saratoga Historical Foundation Museum
Patriotic songs, speeches, and parade
Date: 07/04/2017 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All

It's an old fashioned celebration. The event will be held at the Kevin Moran Park at 12415 Scully Avenue in Sara toga. The program includes US Navy and Girl Scout color guards, patriotic tunes from the McCartysville Band, patriotic songs from a youth chorus, American historical characters, speeches, a parade around the park for all, free popsicles and flags for children. Everyone is invited to wear patriotic colors-veterans and soldiers, wear your uniform.


Location: 12415 Scully Avenue , Saratoga Map
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Spirit of Watsonville
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City of Watsonville
4th of July parade!
Date: 07/04/2017 at 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July Parade

 

  • July 4
  • Downtown Watsonville
  • Parade Steps off at 1 p.m.
  • Celebrate the 4th of July at a good, old-fashioned parade. All parade entries must register prior to the parade date. No registrations will be accepted at the parade.
  • More information: 768-3240.

 

 

 


Location: Main St, Watsonville Map
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Half Moon Bay's Ol' Fashioned Fourth of July Parade
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Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee
Half Moon Bay celebrates Independence Day 2016 and its classic small town spirit with the popular Ol' Fashioned 4th of July Para
Date: 07/04/2017 at 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Half Moon Bay celebrates Independence Day 2016 and its classic small town spirit with the popular Ol' Fashioned 4th of July Parade down historic Main Street.

 

Starting at noon, the delightful, home-spun parade features a charming array of creative floats, marching bands, equine groups, classic cars, decorated trikes and bikes, non-profits, youth sports teams, dance and theater troupes, and local dignitaries who will slowly wind its way through the crowded downtown.

 

The parade starts at noon at the south end of Main Street and finishes at Mill Street.


Location: Main St, Half Moon Bay Map
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Boulder Creek 4th of July Parade
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Boulder Creek Rec & Park District
Come watch the parade, enjoy art, music and bbq
Date: 07/04/2017 at 10:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: BBQ Junction Park

Happy Summer to all our BCRPD friends. We would like to invite you to our annual 4th of July Parade and Picnic in Boulder Creek.


July 4  Goldrush and BBQ

12-5PM Junction Park

12-5pm BBQ & Pan for Gold

 

Bands
12-1pm  The Leftovers
1:30-2:20 pm  Gary Gates Band
2:50-3:40pm  Vito and Friends
4:10-5:00pm   Isaac and the Haze


12-5pm BBQ - Mill Street Catering 12-5pm

12-3pm Pan for Gold $5 donation per family


Location: Hwy 9 between Scarborough Lumber and the Railroad Ave., Boulder Creek Map
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Spreckels 4th of July Celebration - Run & Parade!
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Spreckels Park
Youth One-Mile, Men's & Women's 5K Walk/10K Run, Special Olympic 5K Walk/10K Run
Date: 07/04/2017


It is time again for the - SPRECKELS 4th OF JULY CELEBRATION - 10K RUN and 4th Annual 5K Walk

 

spreckles Park would like to remind you that traffic will be restricted around Spreckels Park and ABSOLUTLEY NO VEHICLE TRAFFIC will be allowed in town during the hours of 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM while the race is taking place. This includes ALL residents with or without a pass.

 

Residents of National Street: We would like to ask for your help in creating a more ideal parking situation on your street. To allow for better access to parking and emergency vehicles, please park across the street from your house, facing the field. This will set the example for others parking there.

 

*Best access during the event can be made from Spreckels Blvd. to Railroad Ave. on the south and National Street on the north, avoiding Harkins Road except during the hours of 8:30 and 10:30 am.

 

7:30-8:30 am Race Registration (3rd & Spreckels Park)

8:30 am Youth 1 mile run begins (start/finish line on 3rd St)

9 am - 5K & 10K begins (start/finish line on 3rd St)

10:30 am Parade Registration (VFW Hall 5th & Hatton)

11:00 am Awards Ceremony (near registration tent)

12:00 pm Parade begins (VFW Hall 5th & Hatton)

1:00 pm Fireman's Muster begins (Llano between 2nd & 3rd)

4:00 pm Activities End

 

As a part of our 4th of July celebration we would like to remind all of our neighbors that fireworks of any type, including Safe and Sane, are illegal in the town of Spreckels. This is a county ordinance. If you discharge fireworks you could be cited.

 

We sincerely appreciate your cooperation and hope you enjoy the 4th of July with us!


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30th Annual 1, 5, 10k Firecracker Run
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Fire Up For The 2015 Santa Cruz Firecracker!
Date: 07/04/2017 from 8:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All

Annual Santa Cruz Firecracker 4th of July 10K, 5K, 1K Race - Registration Open!

Register Now: www.santacruzfirecracker10k.org/

 

10K, 5k, & Kids 1K Race - Tuesday, July 4th
8 a.m. Harvey West Park, Santa Cruz

 


Register Now! Santa Cruz Firecracker 10K

Early-bird discount before July 1st. "Run with Team Warriors" package!


Pancake Breakfast (included in entry fee) with finish line party and awards ceremony with medals to the top three runners in 5-year age groups!

 

Sponsored by Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Club 2017
A benefit for Teen Kitchen and The Red Cross

Come for the Thrill, Run for the Cause, Stay for the Party!

Register now! www.SCFireCracker10K.org/register


We hope to see you again this year on the fourth of July! So, light the fire within and register online today. If you already have registered, thanks, and we'll see you on July 4th!

Come for the Thrill! Race for the Cause! Stay for the Party!


Location: Harvey West Park, 326 Evergreen St, Santa Cruz Map
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Carmel-by-the-Sea's 4th of July Celebration
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City of Carmel
Spend a fun-filled afternoon with us at the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Date: 07/04/2017 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Special Instructions: Junipero St. and Ocean Ave.

Carmel 4th of July Celebration

Visit Website DETAILS Join us for an old-fashioned, family-style celebration in Devendorf Park across from Carmel Plaza on Ocean Avenue from noon to 4pm. Our mayor welcomes everyone at noon followed by entertainment by "Cheeky Spanks" with lots of fun and games for kids!

 

Bring a blanket or chairs to spend a fun-filled afternoon with us at the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

There will be hot dogs, cold drinks, chips, ice cream, watermelon, and cookies! Get there early, supplies are limited! All food and festivities are FREE! Food will be provided by local service clubs and groups such as Carmel Host Lions, Mission Trail Lions, Yes for Carmel!, Carmel Heritage, Carmel Woman's Club, Carmel Chamber, and much more!


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4th of July Events in Monterey County
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Celebrate Independence Day (and your day off) this year where California was first born! Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel-by-the-
Date: 07/04/2017


4th of July Events in Monterey County

Celebrate Independence Day (and your day off) this year where California was first born! Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel-by-the-Sea and Salinas are each throwing their own hometown bashes. Which one will you be attending?

 

Monterey Firefighters Charity Pancake Breakfast: 7-11 a.m. Fire Station 1, 600 Pacific St. Arts and crafts for kids, meet firefighters, face painting. $10. www.monterey.org/july4th.


Independence Day Parade: 10 a.m. Starts at Alvarado and Pearl streets. Floats, speciality units, musical units and guest celebrities. http://bit.ly/28LhGbU.

 

Big Little Backyard Barbecue: 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Colton Hall, Pacific Street. Music, carnival games, food available all day for purchase or bring a picnic lunch. Free admission. www.monterey.org/july4th.

 

Evening Concert: 6 p.m. Golden State Theatre, 417 Alvarado Ave. The Monterey County Pops perform an evening of patriotic and American music. Free. www.monterey.org/july4th.

 

Carmel-by-the-Sea

Beginning at noon Devendorf Park on Ocean Avenue in Carmel-by-the-Sea turns red, white and blue for a day packed full of live music, food, fun and games! Pack a lunch, bring a blanket and chill out to classic rock jams.

 

Monterey

Downtown Monterey shows off their patriotism with multiple events throughout the day! The holiday kicks off at 7am with a pancake breakfast followed by a spectacular 4th of July parade which marches down Alvarado and Calle Principal at 10am. Afterwards stick around for the annual lawn party on the grass in front of Colton Hall on Pacific Street from 11am to 4:30pm. The entire family will love the BBQ, non-stop live music, carnival games, face painting and food booths.

The Memory Garden in downtown Monterey opens its doors for Living History Day. From 11am to 3pm the entire family will enjoy tours, games, crafts and rope making! Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for children under 17 and free for those 5 and under. 

Still need more? Head over to the Golden State Theatre in Oldtown Monterey where the Monterey County Pops put on a free patriotic concert. The doors open at 6pm and the program begins at 7pm.

 

Pacific Grove

"America's Last Hometown" goes big with a BBQ and live entertainment at Caledonia Park on the 4th of July. Pacific Grove welcomes guests for live music and kids activities. Don't miss the old-fashioned BBQ which includes chicken or hot dogs, baked beans, garlic bread, salad and dessert for $10. The event also includes live musical entertainment from P.G. rockers, Firefly, and the vocal talents of the Monterey Peninsula Choral Society's community choir, Monterey Peninsula Voices. 11am-3pm.


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Roaring Camp 4th of July Celebration
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Roaring Camp Railroads
Family 4th of July with games, barbecue, music...
Date: 07/04/2017
Ages: All

Bop on over to Roaring Camp for a great family 4th of July: Hula Hoop contests, games, live music and an all-American barbecue. Steam Train passengers will see how the west was won at Bear Mountain.

Bring out the entire family and friends for a fun-filled day of games, live music and an all-American barbecue.

 

 


Location: 5355 Graham Hill Road, Felton Map
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Old-fashioned Independence Day
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Parade, cake walk, historic lawn games, draft horse wagon rides, ice cream cranking, make crafts, and listen to live music
Date: 07/04/2017 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free admission, $10 parking

Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration

Travel back in time at Wilder Ranch State Park on Tuesday, July 4, to experience an Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration!  Meet us at the apple orchard in front of the Highway 1 tunnel at 11:45am to join the parade. Bring a musical instrument or noisemaker, dress in early 1900s costume. Activities include children's crafts area, live big-band music, living history demonstrations, historic speeches and flag raising. Food and drink available for sale, or bring a picnic lunch.

 

This event is appropriate for all ages. Day-use parking fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks.

 

Wilder Ranch State Park is located 2 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1. The event is free; parking is $10.00 per car. For more event information, call (831) 426-0505.


Location: 1401 Coast Road , Santa Cruz Map
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July 4th Evening Cruise
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Stagnaros
View the beach fireworks from the bay
Date: 07/04/2017 at 7:00pm


Come aboard with Stagnaro Charter Boats on their annual 4th of July Cruise and witness the Santa Cruz locals as they shoot off their always impressive Fireworks display on beautiful Monterey Bay!


On this special, holiday 3-hour event, you will enjoy:

  • The best spot in town to take in all the Independence Day excitement
  • Complimentary beverages (soda, water, coffee, cocoa and tea)
  • A complimentary hors d' oeuvres spread
  • Indoor and outdoor seating
  • A standard cash bar (wine + beer)

We will cruise calm coastal beaches and enjoy the summer sunset. There is truly no better vantage point as we watch the colorful holiday lights sparkle on the glimmering sea around us.

This event is perfect for the whole family. Be sure to book quickly, as this trip is in high demand!


Location: Eaton and 7th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Free Community Swim July 4th!
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Santa Cruz County Parks
If you love swimming and barbecue bring your bathing suits, smiles and the whole family
Date: 07/04/2017 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Entry is first-come, first-served

Free Community Swim
SIMPKINS FAMILY SWIM CENTER
Tuesday, July 4

and Monday, September 4, 12-4 PM 

The Simpkins Family and the Santa Cruz County Parks Dept. are co-sponsoring two fun FREE swim days, July 4 and Labor Day, which will include the water slide,  climbing wall, Wibit inflatable play apparatus, floating on inner tubes, the Warm-water Pool, 50-meter Pool, and spray zone.  

 

The free days will also include a barbecue hosted by the Boys and Girls Club, and music.

 

 Free swim days are very popular, with over 800 attending last year. Get here early! First-come, first-served!


Location: Simpkins Swim Center, 979 17th Ave, Santa Cruz 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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Triple P Together in the Park
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Together in the Park
Date: Every Wed (Jul 5-Jul 26) from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

This is a free drop-in playgroup.

 

Triple P seminars and workshops are free and open to the public, unless noted otherwise. Register in advance to receive free childcare. To register, call (831) 465-2217 or go online to www.first5scc.org/calendar/parent‐trainings.


Location: Felton Covered Bridge Park, Graham Hill Road & Mount Hermon Road, Felton 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
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Dav Pilkey, Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties
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Bookshop Santa Cruz
Author Dav Pilkey celebrates the release of his new book, Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties, and the 20th anniversary of Captain Un
Date: Every Wed at 10:00am
Admission Fees: $10.89

 Dav Pilkey, Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 6:00pm

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

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


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

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

 

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

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

DAV PILKEY BOOK AND TICKETS PACKAGE

$10.89 SKU: PILKEY2FOR1

 

 

 

 

 


Location: Kaiser Permanente Arena, 140 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
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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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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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Shakespeare Summer
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The 39 Steps, Measure for Measure, The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Jul 5-Sep 23)
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: vary

Santa Cruz Shakespeare Announces 2017Summer Festival Productions featuring a co-­‐production with Cal Shakes, classic Shakespeare, and the outrageous comedy/Hitchcock spoof The 39 Step.

 

Show Dates  ~   Tickets   Get Directions

 

Santa Cruz Shakespeare is thrilled to announce ts 2017summer season, with repertory performances beginning July 7 and running through August at its new home in DeLaveaga Park. For its second season in the company's new outdoor venue, The Audrey Stanley Grove in DeLaveaga Park,

 

SCS will kick off summer performances with the hilarious comedy, The 39 Steps,adapted by Patrick Barlow. The 39 Steps opens July 8, featuring the entirety of the 1935 Hitchcock adventure film to be played by only four actors.

 

Measure for Measure, Shakespeare's treatise on the balance of justice and mercy opens July 21in a co-­‐production with California Shakespeare Theater(Cal Shakes). The production will be performed first in Santa Cruz and then move to CalShakes' Bruns Amphitheater for performances in September and October.

 

The final mainstage production of the season opens August 4 with The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Shakespeare's sexy comedy of young love, infidelity, and friendship. All three shows run in repertory after opening.

 

Plus, Santa Cruz Shakespeare continues the tradition of showcasing the season's intern acting company with its celebratory Fringe production. Tickets go on sale May 15, 2016 with a Santa Cruz ShakespeareMember pre-­‐sale starting May 1, and can be purchased online at santacruzshakespeare.org.

 

Santa Cruz Shakespeare will once again offer a "Free Youth Ticket"to one of its productions, a program initiated in 2015 to encourage the introduction of Shakespeare to the next generation. This year, those 18 and under accompanied by a paying adult will receive a free groundling ticket to The Two Gentlemen of Veron.


Location: DeLaveaga Park, 501 Upper Park Rd, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 460-6399 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
St. Mary's By the Sea Antiques & Collectibles Diamond Jubilee
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St. Mary's by the Sea
Many antiques and vintage rarities will be available: clothing and jewelry, art, glassware, fine silver, books, toys, porcelain,
Date: Every day (Jul 7-Jul 9) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: $5

St. Mary's By the Sea Antiques & Collectibles Diamond Jubilee

 

ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES DIAMOND JUBILEE

Find your next treasure at the St. Mary's Antiques & Collectibles Diamond Jubilee on July 7th, 8th and 9th in Pacific Grove. Held for 60 years in beautiful, downtown Pacific Grove, many antiques and vintage rarities will be available from a select group of West Coast dealers offering: clothing and jewelry, art, glassware, fine silver, books, toys, porcelain, furniture and more.

 

Not to be missed are the free Classical, Celtic and Organ concerts inside the historic church each afternoon, and an incredible Silent Auction. Delicious served lunches ($15 includes entree, dessert and beverage) and a Bistro Bar offering snacks will be available on the outdoor patio.

 

Located one block from the Monterey Bay recreation trail, the Antiques & Collectibles Show is an easy bike ride or stroll from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. St. Mary's by-the-Sea is an Episcopal parish founded in 1886 in Pacific Grove-also known as "America's Last Hometown."

 

Hours: 10 AM - 5 PM Friday and Saturday, and 11 AM - 4 PM Sunday. Tickets to this festive event are just $5.00.  Proceeds benefit church ministries.


Location: Central Ave & 12th Streets, Pacific Grove Map
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July Fridays at MOD
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Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery
Stories, Circle Time, Summer Art
Date: Every Fri (Jul 1-Jul 28) from 10:30am to 4:00pm
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.

 

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Location: Capitola Mall, 1855 41st Ave., Capitola Map
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Annual Hot Rods on the Green
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Twin Lakes Church
Come on by to check out the coolest customs, sedans, hot rods, street rods, rat rods, motorcycles, muscle cars, tractors, trucks
Date: Every day (Jul 8-Jul 9)


The11th Annual Hot Rods on the Green will take place on July 8th and 9th. Come on by to check out the coolest customs, sedans, hot rods, street rods, rat rods, motorcycles, muscle cars, tractors, trucks, VWs and works-in-progress from around the Bay Area (and further)!

 

Twin Lakes Church is an alcohol and drug free zone.  Please respect the car owners by not bringing anything that would scratch the cars such as dogs, tents, BBQ's, skateboards or bicycles.  As always, safety is a main concern. Therefore, no exhibition of speed or reckless driving will be allowed.

 


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Derby Girls Garage Sale
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Santa Cruz Derby Girls
Lots of good stuff!
Date: 07/08/2017 from 7:00am to 1:00pm


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Location: 411 Parnell, Santa Cruz Map
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Historical Aircraft Display
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Young Eagles
Everyone is welcome to show and admire these historical aircraft
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 Dec 2016) WatsAirport_SecondSatHistorical.jpgWatsonville Municipal Airport hosts a Historical Aircraft Display every second Saturday from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.  

 

Admission is free and everyone is welcome to show and admire these historical aircraft.

 

The pilots displaying their aircraft can top off at our self service island at the lowest fuel prices from 0800 Saturday morning until 0800 Sunday morning!

 

 For additional information call 768-3575

 


Location: Watsonville Aviation Education C, 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
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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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A Tour of the Grey Whale Ranch Area
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State Park Wilder Ranch
History, Nature, and Scenic Views
Date: 07/08/2017 at 9:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: $6 parking

History, Nature, and Scenic Views:  A Tour of the Grey Whale Ranch Area

This challenging guided three-hour hike will explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills of Wilder Ranch State Park. Meet at the Wilder Ranch parking lot. Bring good walking shoes, lunch, snacks, and water. Rain cancels hike. Event made possible by California State Parks Volunteers, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: Wilder Ranch , Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map
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Ranch Tours
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Date: 07/08/2017 at 9:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: $6 parking

Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends with Machine Shop Pelton Water Wheel Demos, baking on the woodstove, and ranch tours. Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: Wilder Ranch , Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map
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Sunset Stroll
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State Park Henry Cowell
Discover the unique and diverse Santa Cruz Sandhills habitat on this 2-mile evening hike to the observation deck.
Date: 07/08/2017 at 8:00pm
Ages: All

Sunset Strolls

Discover the unique and diverse Santa Cruz Sandhills habitat on this 2-mile evening hike to the observation deck. Meet at the Campfire Center, in the campground off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

 

 


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Boomeria Organ Extravaganza!
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Santa Cruz Baroque Festival
Rare opportunity to see Boomeria organ in action and raise funds for SC Baroque! Worth it!!
Date: 07/08/2017 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: $50 in advance, $60 at door

Boomeria Organ Extravaganza

The grounds of Boomeria are full of surprises, including a castle, catacombs, and a wonderful pipe organ inside the Chapel Royal! Listen to hours of music performed in the beautiful surroundings of the Bonny Doon forest. Adventurers are invited to crawl through the organ's insides.

 

Enjoy local and organic snacks with vegan and gluten-free options, along with an assortment of drinks, wine and beer. Proceeds from this fundraising event benefit the continued operation of the Baroque Festival's annual concert season.


Location: 60 Verde Dr, Bonny Doon Map
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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
Cyanotype Workshop
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Using the power of the sun, create one of a kind prints of California native plants.
Date: 07/08/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: $20 Adult | $15 Children | $5 off for Museum Members
Special Instructions: Talk will begin at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:45 pm.

Cyanotype Workshop
July 8 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Pre-registration recommended. CLICK HERE to register.

Price: $20 Adult | $15 Children | $5 off for Museum Members
Location:  Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History


Using the power of the sun, create one of a kind prints of California native plants. Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a vibrant, blue print (which is how blueprints were made until the 1950s!) Since this process was first invented in 1842, it has been used to make prints of plants and algae, showing the light that passes through or is blocked by their leaves and other parts of the plant. At this workshop, local artist Marlene Mirassou will teach us that same process of making cyanotypes as we select plants and make prints ourselves!

 

This workshop will occur both indoors at the Museum as well as outside in our native plant garden. All materials will be provided. All ages welcome.

 

Marlene Mirassou was born and grew up in Santa Clara Valley in an agricultural family. A love of the outdoors, nature and photography came early and a desire to pursue nature photography preceded her decision to become a physician. After her career as a psychiatrist and faculty at U.C Davis School of Medicine, she has been able to give more time to these earlier interests. She currently studies photography and art at Cabrillo College. Previously, she had studied photography at San Jose State University and Milwaukee Center for Photography. She began working in the cyanotype process in 2013.

 

Marlene Mirassou's exhibit Light Through the Leaves will be on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History July 7 - July 30, 2017


Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural His, 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
21st Annual Storytelling and Indigenous Gathering
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Costanoan Indian Research, Inc.
Learn about American Indians and non-Native Californians of the rich cultures and histories of Native California.
Date: 07/09/2017 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Donations

This will be our 21st Annual Storytelling and Indigenous Gathering. This year's event will be taking place - July 8th, 2017 at 1PM. We will have a prayer Run from San Juan Bautista Mission to Indian Canyon (8-12).

 

Costanoan Indian Research, Inc. is proud to present this Annual Storytelling Event. This annual gathering was started in an effort to build connections and to educate relocated American Indians and non-Native Californians of the rich cultures and histories of Native California.

 

The Indian Canyon California Indian Storytelling Event is held in Indian Canyon, the only federally recognized "Indian Country" along coastal Northern California between Sonoma and Santa Barbara. Additionally, Indian Canyon is the only land that has been continuously held by Ohlone People. Indian Canyon is under the stewardship of Ann-Marie Sayers, Tribal Chairwoman of Indian Canyon-Costanoan Ohlone People. Ms. Sayers has opened her great-grandfather's trust allotment to all Indigenous people in need of land for ceremony.

 

Currently, Indian Canyon hosts seven sweat lodges, a round-house area, an arbor and between 30 - 40 areas for individual prayer and ceremony. Additionally, Indian Canyon provides important research and exchange opportunities students across the Bay Area including San Francisco State University and DeAnza State's American Indian Studies on Native California and ethno-botany as well as hosting numerous interns from UCLA, USCS, JFKU, among other educational facilities.

Get tickets here >> Tickets through EVENTBRITE or Cash/Check at the Gate.

A suggested of: $20 per adult, $10 per student, any children age 12 and younger are free. We will not turn anyone away - donations of all levels are accepted. Indian Canyon is an off-the-grid location. Cash - Checks - Money Orders are accepted. Sorry, we can not accept Credit Cards for transactions. We have a few vendors, raffle table and we have lunch, be sure to bring extra funds for fun, food, and community fundraising.

 

Nestled in the secluded Cienega Valley, in between Hollister Hills State Park and Thousand Trails RV park, in San Benito Country, Hollister

~ From Hollister: from HWY 25 merges into San Benito St. go right on Union Rd. go 0.3 mi., left on Cienaga Rd. which ends in a T-junction, continue right, go 9.4 mi., right on Grass Valley Rd. go 0.1 mi., left onto gravel road in vineyard, continue to follow ribbons and signs.

~ From San Juan Bautista: HWY 156 E go 4.2 mi., right on Union Rd. go 3.6 mi., right on Cienaga Rd. which ends in a T-junction, continue right, go 9.4 mi., right on Grass Valley Rd. go 0.1 mi. left onto gravel road in vineyard, continue to follow ribbons and signs.


Location: Indian Canyon, 1 Indian Canyon Road, Hollister Map
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Free Music Together Preview Classes!
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MusicalMe, Inc.
The Joy of Family Music
Date: Every day (Jul 9-Jul 31) from 9:30am to 5:30pm
Ages: 0-6 with parent/cargiver Admission Fees: FREE
Special Instructions: Schedule online www.musicalme.com or call 831 438 3514

MusicalMe, Inc./Music Together offers 45 minutes of peace, love and musical development with
FREE music classes.
Celebrating our 20th year with over 50,000 families served!

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CA - Ongoing from July 9-31: Do you know anyone who is musical and wishes that they weren't?!? Learn how to nurture your young child's musicality at a free preview class of Music Together® - an early childhood music and movement program for infants, toddlers, and preschool children and their parents or caregivers. Join us to discover why our family classes are not only fun but also highly-acclaimed, and bring so much music-making enrichment into the lives of our students. A musical life begins at home - we teach you why and how! Please call 831-438-3514 or email registrar@musicalme.com to register. Due to the size limit of our classes, preregistration is required before attending.

Where:
Ben Lomond - Campbell -- Cupertino - Cupertino - Los Gatos- Saratoga
Santa Cruz- Scotts Valley - Watsonville - MOD in Capitola

As the original parent-child music program, Music Together® has enriched the lives of families around the world for over twenty years. Since its founding in 1987, Music Together has communicated its basic philosophy - that all children are musical - through developmentally appropriate, research-based classes for children ages birth through kindergarten and their parents and caregivers. Hundreds of thousands of families have come to love Music Together classes - and music! Music Together classes nurture the inherent music lover in us all through play. Participate in a FREE preview class with your young ones and discover why everyone you know loves Music Together®. Experience first-hand just how fun learning and playing musically with your child can be. We'll teach you how to take music out of the box and put it into the hearts and hands of your young children, and you!


CONTACT: MusicalMe, Inc.
831-438-3514
PO Box 66438, Scotts Valley, CA 95067
www.MusicalMe.com


Location: Various Santa Cruz County Locati, 239 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Santa Cruz ADHD Support Group
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SPIN, Special Parents Information
Become a Support/Mentor Parent or just a buddy'
Date: The 2nd Mon of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm


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

 

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

 

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

 


Location: Aptos/La Selva Fire Station, 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Invisible / Alienated Grandparent Support Group
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Alienated Grandparents Anonymous
Date: The 2nd Mon of every month from 4:00pm to 5:30pm


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

 

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


Location: Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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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
Phone: 831-346-7234 •website Scotts Valley create 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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Triple P 8-Week Group for Families with Children 2-12 years old
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
8-Week Group for Families with Children 2-12 years old
Date: Every Wed (Jul 12-Aug 30) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

This free support group provides in-depth parenting information and assistance for families with children 2-12 years old. Attendees will learn what Positive Parenting is and how to incorporate it into their families. This class meets once a week every Wednesday for eight weeks. This class will be taught in Spanish.

 

Triple P seminars and workshops are free and open to the public, unless noted otherwise. Register in advance to receive free childcare. To register, call (831) 465-2217 or go online to www.first5scc.org/calendar/parent‐trainings.


Location: La Manzana Community Resources, 18 W. Lake Ave., Suite E, Watsonville Map
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ADHD Parent Support Group
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Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay ADHD Support Group
Support for Parents of Children and Teens with ADHD
Date: The 2nd Wed of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Donation welcome!
Special Instructions: Additional parking available at Mar Vista Elementary

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


Location: Aptos Fire Station Conference Ro, 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 684-0590 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Triple P Workshop: Balancing Work & Family
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Balancing Work & Family
Date: 07/12/2017 from 9:30am to 10:30am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Triple P seminars and workshops are free and open to the public, unless noted otherwise. Register in advance to receive free childcare. To register, call (831) 465-2217 or go online to www.first5scc.org/calendar/parent‐trainings.

Participants can learn common problems that parents experience when trying to balance family responsibilities and child care, as well as tools to help prevent stress from work does not affect family life. This class will be taught in Spanish.


Location: La Manzana Community Resources, 18 W. Lake Ave., Suite E, Watsonville Map
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Triple P 8-Week Group for Families with Children 2-12 years old
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
8-Week Group for Families with Children 2-12 years old
Date: Every Th (Jul 13-Aug 31) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

This free support group provides in-depth parenting information and assistance for families with children 2-12 years old. Attendees will learn what Positive Parenting is and how to incorporate it into their families. This class meets once a week every Thursday for eight weeks.

 

Triple P seminars and workshops are free and open to the public, unless noted otherwise. Register in advance to receive free childcare. To register, call (831) 465-2217 or go online to www.first5scc.org/calendar/parent‐trainings.


Location: Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Hwy. 9, Felton Map
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Triple P Seminar: The Power of Positive Parenting
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
The Power of Positive Parenting
Date: 07/13/2017 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Learn how to create safe, interesting environments for children; provide positive learning environments for children; use assertive discipline; and more. This class will be taught in Spanish.

 

Triple P seminars and workshops are free and open to the public, unless noted otherwise. Register in advance to receive free childcare. To register, call (831) 465-2217 or go online to www.first5scc.org/calendar/parent‐trainings.


Location: La Manzana Community Resources, 18 W. Lake Ave., Suite E, Watsonville Map
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Dramaturgs ~ Measure for Measure
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Library Scotts Valley
These lively discussions, now in their third year at SCPL, will greatly elevate your enjoyment of the 2017 season performances
Date: 07/13/2017 at 7:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Santa Cruz Shakespeare Dramaturg Discussions


Santa Cruz Shakespeare Dramaturgs Michael Warren, Ariane Helou, Maria Frangos and Local Film Critic Lisa Jensen will discuss this summer's upcoming Santa Cruz Shakespeare plays at three branch libraries.

 

These lively discussions, now in their third year at SCPL, will greatly elevate your enjoyment of the 2017 season performances. Santa Cruz Shakespeare's performances will be held in The Grove at DeLaveaga Park from July 5th through September 3rd. For more information about this year's lineup, visit santacruzshakespeare.org.

 

Thursday July 13th ~ 7:00pm ~ Scotts Valley Library • 251 Kings Village Rd.

Professor Michael Warren will discuss "Measure for Measure," Shakespeare's dynamic, dark comedy that explores the body politic and the politics of the body. Professor Warren is emeritus Professor of Literature at UCSC and Textual Consultant and Dramaturg to Santa Cruz Shakespeare since its inception (previously as Shakespeare Santa Cruz).

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

 

Tuesday July 25th ~ 7:00pm ~ Aptos Library • 7695 Soquel Dr.

Santa Cruz Shakespeare Dramaturg Dr. Ariane Helou discusses "The Two Gentlemen of Verona," where romance and friendship vie for supremacy in Shakespeare's sexy and surreal comedy. Dr. Helou has been a dramaturg for SCS for the past three years, and holds a PhD in literature from UCSC.

 

This series 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 here.

 


Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Free Story Time and Craft Time
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Wonderland Toys & Classroom Resources
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month at 10:30am


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


Location: 4101-B2 Soquel Dr., Soquel Map
Phone: 831-316-7261 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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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Wizard of Oz
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All About Theatre
Date: Every day (Jul 14-Jul 16)
Admission Fees: $10 - $16

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Zooburbia
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State Park Natural Bridges
Join Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and local author Tai Moses at a reading and discussion of her book, Zooburbia
Date: 07/15/2017 from 3:30pm to 6:00pm


Wild Animal Book Talk with Tai Moses

When: 7/15 from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Natural Bridges State Beach


Join Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and local author Tai Moses at a reading and discussion of her book, Zooburbia: Meditations on the Wild Animals Among Us. What better place to talk about the wild animals among us than Natural Bridges where bobcats, deer, hawks, and squirrels are just a few of the wild animals who also call Santa Cruz home.

 

 


Location: 2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-4609 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate 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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Wacky Carnival Fun
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Louden Nelson Community Center
Come join us for fun in the park with lots of carnival games
Date: 07/15/2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Families with children 2-12yr. Admission Fees: FREE

Nothing says summer more than a Carnival! Celebrate July is Parks and Recreation month with a fun-filled carnival in Laurel Park. Try your luck at our game booths, get festive at our face painting station, learn hula hoop tricks with aerial artists and zoom down the 20-foot inflatable slide for the brave of heart - PLUS popcorn, cotton candy, chalk art and bubble. FREE!


Location: Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Basic Bicycle Maintenance Class
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The Spokesman
Learn how to fix your flat tire!
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00am
Ages: Free

Spokesman Bicycles Free Maintenance Class

3rd Saturday of every month, 10AM

Spokesman Bicycles, Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz, CA

http://www.spokesmanbicycles.com/events

 


Location: Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz 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
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
SPIN Fun Fundraiser
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SPIN
Date: The 3rd Su of every month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm



Location: Sutter Maternity and Surgery Cen, 2900 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.423-7713 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
SPIN Family Support Meeting
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SPIN
All Disabilities Parent Support Group
Date: The 3rd Su of every month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Special Parents Information Network, SPIN

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

 

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

 

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

Child care will not be provided at these meetings.


See you soon! Nancy Winans, SPIN Mentor Program Coordinator

 

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


Location: Sutter Maternity and Surgery Cen, 2900 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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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


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

 

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

 

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


Location: Riverwalk, Gateway Plaza by PetSmart, Santa Cruz Map
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Storytime at Abbott Square
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Library Central
SCPL is bringing storytimes outside to this fantastic new community space
Date: The 2nd Mon of every month (Jul 10-Sep 11) at 5:30am

Special Instructions: Spanish

Storytimes at Abbott Square

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In Celebration of the New Abbott Square, SCPL is bringing storytimes outside to this fantastic new community space.

English language storytimes will be held at 10:00am on the last Thursday of the month in June, July, and August, replacing our regular weekly Thursday storytime at the Downtown Branch for that week. Those Thursdays fall on June 29th, July 27th, and August 31st.

 

We'll also have Spanish storytimes at 5:30pm on the second Monday of the month in July, August, and September. These events will replace our weekly Live Oak Branch storytime, Cuentame un Cuento for that week. These Mondays fall on July 10th, August 14th, and September 11th.

 

Cuentame un Cuento será presentado en Abbott Square el segundo lunes del mes en julio, agosto y septiembre.

Abbott Square is located at 118 Cooper Street, next to the Santa Cruz Musuem of Art and History. We hope you'll join us.

Family storytimes are a great way to bring people together while promoting literacy for young children. The library system holds regular weekly storytimes for toddlers and preschool age children, as well as a weekly family storytime in Spanish. Visit santacruzpl.org/calendar for locations and times.


Location: Abbott Square, 118 Cooper St, Santa Cruz Map
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Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers
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Positive Discipline Community Resource
Learn great tools for teaching your toddlers problem-solving skills, cooperation, and respectful and emotionally-honest communic
Date: Every Tues from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: 18 and over Admission Fees: $80.00
Special Instructions: 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.

Learn great tools for teaching your toddlers problem-solving skills, cooperation, and respectful and emotionally-honest communication -- and all without the use of punishment or rewards!

 

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
Navigating the School Years with Positive Discipline - 8 weeks
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Navigating the School Years with Positive Discipline
Date: Every Tues from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: parents of children ages 5-12 Admission Fees: $80.00

8-week Positive Discipline parenting class series for you to learn effective tools to help your school-age child(ren) (age 5-12) 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. Childcare is available at $10/child/class session.

 

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
Triple P Workshop: It's Time for Potty Training
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
It's Time for Potty Training
Date: 07/18/2017 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Attend this free parenting workshop to learn how to decide if your child is ready for potty training, how to prepare your child to begin potty training and how to make potty training a positive experience for you and your child. All children and parents/caregivers are welcome. Contact Toys "R" Us to register, (831) 479-4296 or 5843.Registry@toysrus.com

 

Triple P seminars and workshops are free and open to the public, unless noted otherwise. Register in advance to receive free childcare. To register, call (831) 465-2217 or go online to www.first5scc.org/calendar/parent‐trainings.


Location: Toys "R" Us, 1660 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 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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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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Predator or Prey - What's for Dinner?
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Watsonville Wetlands
Local wildlife today and in the recent past, viewing the animals through the daily and seasonal cycles -fantastic event for fami
Date: 07/19/2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm


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On Wednesday, July 19, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., we're hosting a special outdoor evening presentation at the WERC with biologist and wildlife expert Bruce Elliott, who will talk about local wildlife today and in the recent past, viewing the animals through the daily and seasonal cycles. T

 

his event is fantastic for individuals and families with children as well.

 

Admission is free but you must reserve a seat online by visiting www.watsonvillewetlandswatch.org.


Location: 235 Ohlone Parkway, Watsonville Map
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Triple P Seminar: Raising Confident, Competent Children
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Raising Confident, Competent Children
Date: 07/20/2017 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

This free parenting seminar covers social and emotional skills that children need in order to thrive at home, in school and throughout life. This class is taught in Spanish.

 

Triple P seminars and workshops are free and open to the public, unless noted otherwise. Register in advance to receive free childcare. To register, call (831) 465-2217 or go online to www.first5scc.org/calendar/parent‐trainings.


Location: La Manzana Community Resources, 18 W. Lake Ave., Suite E, Watsonville Map
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California Rodeo Salinas
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California Rodeo
2016 California Rodeo... Cowgirl and Cowboy Up!
Date: Every day (Jul 20-Jul 23)
Ages: All Admission Fees: $7-$65

(Special Event Images / Graphics) CaliforniaRodeoPoster2014.jpgKnown for its week-long cavalcade of events, California Rodeo "Big Week" is the largest community event held in Salinas. Parades, barbecues, cowboy poetry, fireworks, concerts, a carnival, and much more.

 

Big Week offers something for every member of the family, and a chance for the entire community to participate in the California Rodeo.

 

The Rodeo itself is designed to operate like a two-ring circus, each Rodeo performance features events that occur in the arena and on the track simultaneously. While the classic event of saddle bronc riding bucks out in the arena, a horse race speeds by on the track.

 

Each year, the Salinas Rodeo ranks in the top 20 of nearly 800 North American rodeos sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. For four action-packed days, more the 50,000 spectators pass through our gates to see the country's top professional rodeo athletes compete.

 

Saddle Bronc Riding ~ Bareback Riding ~ Bull Riding ~ Tie-Down Roping ~ Steer Wrestling ~ Team Roping ~ Barrel Racing ~ Bull Fighting

 

Tickets and Deals   and download the Events Details


Location: Salinas Sports Complex, 1034 Main Street , Salinas Map
Phone: (831)775-3100 •website Salinas create a direct event link
All Disabilities Parent Support Group
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SPIN
'All Disabilities' Parent Support Group
Date: The 3rd Th of every month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm


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


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


NOTE: Child care is NOT provided at these meetings.


Location: 820 Bay Ave, Capitola Map
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Laurie King on How She Designs Mysteries
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Library Central
How Laurie King designs a mystery
Date: 07/20/2017 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Meet award-winning local author Laurie R. King and hear how she designs a mystery. From idea to final publication, Laurie will focus on her 2016 novel, The Murder of Mary Russell, a novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. Join us from 6:30 - 8:00pm in the upstairs meeting room of your Downtown Branch Library. Copies of the Murder of Mary Russel and Lockdown will be for sale.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Old-Time Family Barn Dance
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Live Oak Grange
Fun dances accessible to all comers. Live acoustic string music. All dances taught and prompted.
Date: The 3rd Fri of every month at 6:30pm
Admission Fees: $10 per person $15 for two people $20 per family
Special Instructions: AUGUST DANCE CANCELLED

Yee Haw! and Do Si Do!

 

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


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



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

 

AUGUST DANCE CANCELLED, SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER!


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Beauty and the Beast
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Cabrillo Theater
A heartwarming performance of a classic!
Date: Every Su, Th, Fri and Sa (Jul 21-Aug 13)
Admission Fees: $18 to $45

Disney's Beauty & The Beast

Cabrillo Stage Summer Music Festival sets the stage for their presentation of this family favorite story about acceptance and true love. Opening night is Friday at 7:30 pm.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is a beautiful story with some of Disney's most popular and well-loved music. It is a love story that transcends first impressions and appearance, reveals the danger and weakness in boastful pride and bullying, and brings redemption to the agony of a long punishment for past arrogance. 

 

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST will play July 20th through August 13th.

Tickets


Location: Cabrillo Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 479-6154 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Ice Cream Social
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Live Oak Grange
Support the grange renovation fund by enjoying ice cream and friends
Date: 07/22/2017 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $5 Donation
Special Instructions: Fundraiser for grange

Live Oak Grange Ice Cream Social - Saturday July 22, 1-4pm

Come join us under the Grange Oak Tree for delicious desserts and refreshing drinks. This is an opportunity to socialize with other members, and visit the grange garden. We will have tours of our beautiful gardens, orchard, and chicken coop.

 

There will be a petting zoo of farm animals to enjoy and the chickens will be out in the orchard.

Come enjoy our little urban farm, visit with fellow Grange members, pet some critters, enjoy our beautiful site and eat cool and yummy treats!


Bring family, friends, and folks you would like to introduce to the grange.
This is a fundraiser for the Live Oak Grange Renovation Fund.
Your $5.00 per person donation buys a dessert ticket and entrance to the petting zoo


Menu:
Ice Cream Sundaes with fresh fruit, homemade sauces, and homemade gluten-free waffle cookies.
Strawberry Chia Seed Mousse made with Coconut milk.
Raw Goat's milk keifer with berries, lemonade ...and more!

See you there!


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Community Restoration
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Watsonville Wetlands
Join us to help restore wetlands...
Date: 07/22/2017 from 9:00am to 12:00pm


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Volunteers Restore Habitat in the Watsonville Wetlands!

Saturday Restoration Days are a chance to work together and help bring back wildlife habitat in the Watsonville wetlands. Our group gets together every fourth Saturday of the month, but please consult the events calendar because this sometimes changes due to holidays.

 

Join us at 9 a.m. at the Fitz WERC (directions below). We'll work until noon with some time for bird watching or a walk or hike to an interesting wetland location. We recommend that you wear sturdy shoes, layered clothes, a hat, and bring a water bottle. We supply the gloves, tools, and a snack.

 

No experience is necessary for any events, just a desire to help restore wildlife habitat to these amazing wetlands. People of all ages are encouraged, and community service credit is available!

 

Our typical activity changes with the seasons. In the fall months we are most often collecting native seed for propagation, or preparing the ground for the winter. In the winter months we are most often planting at various locations throughout the sloughs. Spring and Summer volunteer days are spent caring for native plants and undertaking a variety of interesting projects on the restoration sites.

 

Throughout the year we work in some of the most amazing parts of the approximately 800 acres of wetlands surrounding Watsonville and experience firsthand what makes these wetlands unique and so worthy of our hard work.

Join us! Feel free to call with questions. 831-728-4106

Directions

The Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center is located at the top of Pajaro Valley High School Campus (500 Harkins Slough Rd.) in Watsonville. Map and Directions.


Location: 500 Harkins Slough Rd., Watsonville Map
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Shark Science Week
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Shark Science Week
Date: Every day (Jul 22-Jul 30) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: $6-$8, free for kids under 3 years old

(0 July 2017) SeymourLogoJuly.jpgFor a full week, the Seymour Center will celebrate Shark Science Week by revealing fascinating facts about these cartilaginous fishes. Come explore amazing shark adaptations including their extraordinary senses, the unique ways in which they reproduce, and so much more!


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Little Dog Meetup
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Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
Social time for little dogs under 25 lbs
Date: 07/22/2017 at 10:00am


Y(0 July 2017) LittleDogMeetup_cal.jpgou are invited to join in the celebration of the grand opening of the small-dog dog park at University Terrace Park, 369 Meder Street (near the basketball court). There will be a raffle and the prize is a photo session for your dog with Katie Scott!


Location: University Terrace Park, 369 Meder St, Santa Cruz Map
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The Premiere of "House on Rodeo Gulch"
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Rio Theater
Premiere of drama film with mostly local actors & crew
Date: 07/22/2017 at 6:30pm
Admission Fees: $10 donation gratefully accepted

The Premiere of "House on Rodeo Gulch"

Five years in the making, local filmmaker William Scherer will be showing his exciting drama "House on Rodeo Gulch". Filmed in Santa Cruz and Watsonville, the film uses mostly local actors and crew. The story centers around a step mom and her new teenage daughter who are at odds living together. Moving into their new home in the redwoods of Santa Cruz only adds to their conflict when strange things begin happening. Their only neighbor, a church Reverend, might have something to do with their problems.

 

Admission is free but for those who would like to help pay for rental of the theater, a $10 gift may be made at Brown Paper Ticket


Show time: 6:30 PM
Tickets:
FREE and or a $10 donation
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com
Event website: www.Houseonrodeogulch.com


Location: 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Special Parents Day Redwood Loop WalksSpecial Parents Day
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: 07/23/2017
Ages: All
Special Instructions: 11 am and 2 pm

Special “Parents’ Day” Redwood Loop Walks
Sunday, July 23 at 11 am and 2 pm
Join Docent Norm Beeson as he celebrates parents today! Learn about the many parenting styles of the redwoods, the dedicated parenting of the endangered marbled murrelet, the extended family of the acorn woodpecker and more on this fun, informative .half-mile hike. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Wharf to Wharf
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Wharf to Wharf
A scenic six-mile race with 35 or more live bands and throngs of festive spectators along the route. The coveted Wharf to Wharf
Date: 07/23/2017 at 8:30am


(Special Event Page Graphics) WharftoWharfEntertainers300.jpgHere comes the annual Wharf to Wharf Race! Are you ready? If you've run this scenic six-mile classic before, you know about the weather, the forty live bands, the throngs of festive spectators and the chance to win the coveted Wharf to Wharf Runner T-shirt, awarded only to race finishers and never sold to anyone, anywhere, at any price.....ever. If you've never run it........... this is the year!

 

It's the best little road race in California. Go for it!

 

The meandering race route along scenic Monterey Bay plays no small part in the popularity of this run. You'll find new inspiration at every turn of the pristine coastline. Cool ocean breezes provide natural air conditioning. If you're coming from someplace hot, you're in for a treat!

 

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Starting at the Santa Cruz Wharf at 8:30am, the race opens with a dash down Beach Street, passing the Ferris Wheel, roller coaster and merry-go-round of the world famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Runners then cross the San Lorenzo Bridge and loop around the Yacht Harbor to Twin Lakes Beach. Turning inland the course winds through Schwann Lake Wildlife Sanctuary before breaking back to the ocean bluffs at Pleasure Point. From there the way wanders through quaint seaside neighborhoods before dipping down to a festive finish at the Capitola Wharf.

 

From 8:30-10 a.m, the race course will be closed to traffic. The affected streets are Beach Street, Third Avenue, Riverside Avenue, San Lorenzo Boulevard, Murray Street, East Cliff Drive, Seabright Avenue, Lake Avenue, Eaton Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Opal Cliff Drive, Cliff Drive and Wharf Road. Capitola Village will be congested until noon.

 

Race officials at street intersections along the route will permit cars to cross the course during the race for emergency purposes only.


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Magician Mike Della Penna
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Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Magic Show!
Date: 07/25/2017 from 11:00am to 12:00pm


He's silly, he's funny and he'll make you go WOW! Mike Della Penna creates wonder and laughter with family magic performances that are equal parts playful and astonishing. Say the magic word, "Abra-cadabra".


Location: Scotts Valley Library, 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Dramaturgs ~ Two Gentlemen of Verona
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Library Aptos
This lively discussions, now in their third year at SCPL, will greatly elevate your enjoyment of the 2017 season performances
Date: 07/25/2017 at 7:00pm
Ages: 8 and up Admission Fees: Free

Santa Cruz Shakespeare Dramaturg Discussions


Santa Cruz Shakespeare Dramaturgs Michael Warren, Ariane Helou, Maria Frangos and Local Film Critic Lisa Jensen will discuss this summer's upcoming Santa Cruz Shakespeare plays at three branch libraries.

 

These lively discussions, now in their third year at SCPL, will greatly elevate your enjoyment of the 2017 season performances. Santa Cruz Shakespeare's performances will be held in The Grove at DeLaveaga Park from July 5th through September 3rd. For more information about this year's lineup, visit santacruzshakespeare.org.

 

Tuesday July 25th ~ 7:00pm ~ Aptos Library • 7695 Soquel Dr.

Santa Cruz Shakespeare Dramaturg Dr. Ariane Helou discusses "The Two Gentlemen of Verona," where romance and friendship vie for supremacy in Shakespeare's sexy and surreal comedy. Dr. Helou has been a dramaturg for SCS for the past three years, and holds a PhD in literature from UCSC.

 

This series 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 here.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: 831- 427-7700 ext. 7665 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Triple P Workshop: Balancing Work & Family
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Balancing Work & Family
Date: 07/26/2017 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Participants can learn common problems that parents experience when trying to balance family responsibilities and child care, as well as tools to help prevent stress from work does not affect family life.

 

Triple P seminars and workshops are free and open to the public, unless noted otherwise. Register in advance to receive free childcare. To register, call (831) 465-2217 or go online to www.first5scc.org/calendar/parent‐trainings.


Location: Community Bridges, 236 Santa Cruz Ave., Aptos Map
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Auditions: Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony
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Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony
Youth Symphony Auditions on August 20
Date: Every day (Jul 27-Aug 20)
Ages: Up to age 20 Admission Fees: Auditions are free

(0 July 2017) SantaCruzCountyYouthSymphony.jpgCalling all young musicians! Take your playing and enjoyment to the next level.

 

Musicians up to age 20 are invited to audition for the Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony. Led by inspiring conductor Nathaniel Berman, the Youth Symphony performs three public concerts during the school year.

 

Auditions are August 20, 2017. Weekly rehearsals begin in September at Kirby School.

 

The Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony is dedicated to making it possible for all young musicians to participate in our program. Tuition assistance is available.

 

Learn more and sign up to audition at sccys.org.


Location: UC Santa Cruz, Music Center, Santa Cruz Map
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Emergency Plan Workshop
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Watsonville Police
Emergency plans for the office
Date: 07/27/2017 from 11:30am to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: $35 for Pajaro Valley Chamber members, $40 for non-members

DO YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY PLAN?

What will your office do if there is a fire? What is your plan if an active shooter or violent person comes into your office? Do employees know what to do in an earthquake? (This is not IF - it's WHEN it strikes)

 

Being prepared will prevent chaos and save lives.
Make your reservation today for this informative presentation
by the Watsonville Police Department.

Your ticket also includes a fabulous lunch by Five Star Catering.
Thursday, July 27, 11:30am-1:00pm
$35.00
Questions? Call 724-3900
REGISTER HERE

 

Cost: $35 for Pajaro Valley Chamber members, $40 for non-members. RSVP: 831-724-3900.

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Location: Watsonville Elks Lodge, 121 Martinelli St., Watsonville Map
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Triple P Seminar: Raising Resilient Children
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Raising Resilient Children
Date: 07/27/2017 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

This free parenting seminar offers strategies to teach children healthy ways to deal with their emotions. This class is taught in Spanish.

 

Triple P seminars and workshops are free and open to the public, unless noted otherwise. Register in advance to receive free childcare. To register, call (831) 465-2217 or go online to www.first5scc.org/calendar/parent‐trainings.


Location: La Manzana Community Resources, 18 W. Lake Ave., Suite E, Watsonville Map
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Parks & Recreation Fun & Food Trucks at San Lorenzo Park
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Play corn hole, ladder ball, hula hoops and Frisbee.
Date: 07/28/2017 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 July is Parks and Recreation in honor of Parks Makes Life Better month! Play corn hole, ladder ball, hula hoops and Frisbee. Parks and Recreation staff will lead kids in parachute games for the first hour. Merchandise from past Parks and Rec events will be 50% off at our Park Sale! Meet and chat with employees and learn more about our fabulous parks and programs.

 

July 28  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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Lion King Kids
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Arial Theater
More than 50 young summer campers will lead the audience on a journey through the jungle to Pride Rock as the young lion, Simba,
Date: Every day (Jul 28-Jul 29)
Admission Fees: Adults $9, Students/Seniors/Military $8, Children ages 3-12 $7 Under age 3 - FREE

Disney's The Lion King KIDS,

July 28 & 29  Friday at 7 pm

Saturday at 10 am, 2 pm and 7 pm

 

For one weekend only, the ARIEL Theatrical stage will welcome some of your favorite characters from this beloved Disney classic. More than 50 young summer campers will lead the audience on a journey through the jungle to Pride Rock as the young lion, Simba, discovers his destiny. Spunky lioness Nala, charming meerkat Timon and loveable warthog Pumbaa stand by Simba as he faces his wicked Uncle Scar to claim his rightful place on the throne. With an original Broadway score from Elton John and Tim Rice, bold and colorful costumes, and a story that will inspire young and old, Disney's The Lion King KIDS is a must-see this summer!  The circle of life awaits at ARIEL Theatrical. 


Get your tickets early to ensure seating!
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Location: Karen Wilson Children's Theatre, 320 Main Street, Salinas Map
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Enjoy lively bluegrass music and choose from lots of food trucks
Date: 07/28/2017 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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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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Day Out with ThomasTM
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Roaring Camp
A train ride with ThomasTM, picture taking with Sir Topham Hatt,TM temporary tattoos, face painting, bounce houses, storytelling
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Jul 28-Aug 6)
Admission Fees: $20 - $24
Special Instructions: July 28-30 & Aug 4-6

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Day Out with ThomasTM

JULY 28 - 30 & AUGUST 4 - 6

Join Thomas the Tank EngineTM for the Friendship Tour 2017 through the Big Trees. Your ticket includes a fun-filled day of activities: a train ride with ThomasTM, picture taking with Sir Topham Hatt,TM temporary tattoos, face painting, bounce houses, storytelling, bubble making, live entertainment, train play tables, and more! So bring the family, come early, and enjoy the day.

Purchase tickets here

 

Tickets are $20; $24 for peak times (Saturdays and Sundays 10:30am 2:30pm)
Day of ticket sales are $24.


Location: Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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Tales of the Basin-A Storytelling Weekend Event
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State Park Big Basin
The oral storytelling tradition comes to life with the ancient redwood forest as a backdrop.
Date: Every day (Jul 28-Jul 30)
Admission Fees: Free

Tales of the Basin-A Storytelling Weekend Event
July 28 to 30, 2017, Various times and locations throughout the weekend.
The oral storytelling tradition comes to life with the ancient redwood forest as a backdrop. Events throughout the weekend include Big Basin Nature Tails for children of all ages, guided walks that spin a yarn along the trail and a Storyteller Showcase in the historic Campfire Center. Presented in collaboration with South Bay Storytellers and Listeners.

 

Tales of the Basin: A Storytelling Event
Saturday, July 29
Events will spotlight storytellers, park history, special children’s performers and the tradition of spinning a yarn beside the evening fire. South Bay Storytellers will present the campfire program.

 

Big Basin “Nature Tails”
Saturday, July 29 at 4:30 pm
Come listen to a world of animal songs and stories presented for children of all ages by local storytellers. Meet at the Campfire Center.

 

Storytellers’ Showcase Campfire!
Saturday, July 29 at 7 pm
Sit back and experience an old-fashioned evening steeped in the oral tradition, as our guest storytellers weave their yarns in our historic amphitheater. Meet at the Campfire Center. The evening begins with fire lighting and marshmallow roasting at 7, and storytelling at 7:30.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park is located 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236 at 21600 Big Basin Way. Day-use parking fee is $10.  More information is available at (831) 338-8883.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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The Gilroy Garlic Festival
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"Ultimate Summer Food Fair"; three d9ys of incredible food, beverages, arts & crafts, live entertainment and
Date: Every day (Jul 28-Jul 30)
Ages: All Admission Fees: 7473 Monterey St
Special Instructions: Santa Teresa Blvd & Club Dr

Come to the 2017 Gilroy Garlic Festival (July 28, 29 and 30) for great garlicky food, live entertainment, cooking competitions, and lots of fun for the whole family!

 

The heart of the Garlic Festival is Gourmet Alley, the gigantic outdoor kitchen where the world-famous "Pyro Chefs" put on a spectacular flame-up show while preparing garlic-laced calamari and scampi in huge iron skillets. Other Festival favorites include pepper steak sandwiches, pasta con pesto, fried calamari, and sausage sandwiches, as well as Gilroy garlic fries and garlic bread. And don't forget the only-in-Gilroy garlic ice cream!

 

You'll also find live entertainment on three stages, cooking contests and demonstrations, arts & crafts, wine tasting, and a fun Children's Area too.

 

 

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Location: Christmas Hill Park, 7050 Miller Ave, Gilroy Map
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Here Comes the Sun! Sun Telescope!
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State Park Big Basin
Look through a solar telescope at the Sun
Date: 07/29/2017 from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Here Comes the Sun! Sun Telescope!
Saturday, July 29 from 11 am to 1 pm
Come to the Campfire Center and look through a solar telescope at the Sun. You'll see sunspots, solar prominences and other features of our closest star as you learn about the parts of the Sun and how it shines. There will be Sun-related activities for the kids. Conducted by Steve Widmark of the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Soquel Pioneers Potluck Picnic
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Participants come early to meet and greet old and new friends and to enjoy the photos and scrapbooks provided by the pioneers.
Date: 07/29/2017 at 12:00pm

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Annual Picnic 
Saturday, ​July 29, 2017

Each year, the Pioneers sponsor a potluck picnic for the community on the last Saturday in July.
The picnic begins at 12:00 noon. Participants come early to meet and greet old and new friends and to enjoy the photos and scrapbooks provided by the pioneers. We hold a raffle featuring items donated by local merchants. The highlight of the afternoon has always been a talk by a local historian.
Please bring a potluck dish.
Admission of $5.00 per adult helps defray the costs associated with the picnic.

Picture This year our speaker will be Stanley D. Stevens.
​His topic will be: F.A.Hihn's connection to Soquel.

Stanley Stevens is a Librarian Emeritus at University of California-Santa Cruz. He was the founding head of the University Library Map Collection, 1965-1993.

 

He is ‪an amateur historian whose primary work focuses on German immigrant Frederick Augustus Hihn, a Santa Cruz capitalist about whom more is available by reference to Stevens' essay on the website of the German Historical Institute: http://www.immigrantentrepreneurship.org/entry.php?rec=23


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An Evening with Marianne Williamson
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Rio Theater
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure..."
Date: 07/29/2017 from 8:00pm to 9:30pm


Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed spiritual author and lecturer. Marianne has been a popular guest on television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Charlie Rose & Bill Maher. Seven of her twelve published books have been New York Times Best Sellers. Four of these have been #1. The mega best seller A Return to Love is considered a must-read of The New Spirituality. A paragraph from that book, beginning "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure..." is considered an anthem for a contemporary generation of seekers. Marianne's other books include The Law of Divine Compensation, The Age of Miracles, Everyday Grace, A Woman's Worth, Illuminata, Healing the Soul of America, A Course in Weight Loss, The Gift of Change, Enchanted Love, A Year of Miracles, and her newest book, Tears to Triumph: The Spiritual Journey from Suffering to Enlightenment.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $40 Gen, $54 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.red.vendini.com
Artists website: www.marianne.com

 


Location: 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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The Great American Secchi Dip In
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Enjoy a beautiful afternoon at Loch Lomond, learning more about where you get your water from and this incredible hidden gem in
Date: 07/29/2017 from 11:00am to 1:00pm


The Great American Secchi Dip In. In Santa Cruz, the City of
Santa Cruz and Coastal Watershed Council invite you to join us for this fun,
hands-on, annual event.

Enjoy a beautiful afternoon at Loch Lomond, learning more about where you get your water from and this incredible hidden gem in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The event will kick off with a welcome from Santa Cruz Mayor Cynthia Chase and you'll get the opportunity to use a Secchi disk, one of
the oldest continually used water quality monitoring tools.

Entry to Loch Lomond Recreation Area is free to Secchi Dip In participants (regularly $6 per vehicle) and RSVP is required.
http://cts.vresp.com/c/?CoastalWatershedCoun/52a3e8196f/ca81b1ea39/1240d1d8
RSVP and Save Your Secchi Dip In Spot Today


Location: Loch Lomond Recreation Area, 100 Loch Lomond Way, Felton Map
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Storytime at Abbott Square
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SCPL is bringing storytimes outside to this fantastic new community space
Date: The last Sa of every month (Jun 29-Aug 31) at 10:00am

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Storytimes at Abbott Square

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In Celebration of the New Abbott Square, SCPL is bringing storytimes outside to this fantastic new community space.

English language storytimes will be held at 10:00am on the last Thursday of the month in June, July, and August, replacing our regular weekly Thursday storytime at the Downtown Branch for that week. Those Thursdays fall on June 29th, July 27th, and August 31st.

 

We'll also have Spanish storytimes at 5:30pm on the second Monday of the month in July, August, and September. These events will replace our weekly Live Oak Branch storytime, Cuentame un Cuento for that week. These Mondays fall on July 10th, August 14th, and September 11th.

 

Cuentame un Cuento será presentado en Abbott Square el segundo lunes del mes en julio, agosto y septiembre.

Abbott Square is located at 118 Cooper Street, next to the Santa Cruz Musuem of Art and History. We hope you'll join us.

Family storytimes are a great way to bring people together while promoting literacy for young children. The library system holds regular weekly storytimes for toddlers and preschool age children, as well as a weekly family storytime in Spanish. Visit santacruzpl.org/calendar for locations and times.


Location: Abbott Square, 118 Cooper St, Santa Cruz Map
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Storytellers' Showcase Campfire!
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State Park Big Basin
Join us in our historic campfire center for a special storytelling evening
Date: 07/29/2017 at 7:00pm
Ages: All

Storytellers' Showcase Campfire!
Saturday, July 29 at 7 pm
Marshmallow roasting: 7 pm, Program 7:30 pm
Sit back and experience an old-fashioned evening steeped in the oral tradition, as our guest storytellers weave their yarns in our historic amphitheater. Meet at the Campfire Center. The evening begins with fire lighting and marshmallow roasting at 7, and storytelling at 7:30.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Friends of the Capitola Branch Library Book Sale
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Friends of the SCPL Capitola Branch Book Sale
Date: 07/29/2017 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: None

The Friends of the Capitola Library are holding our first book sale on the porch of the library on July 29 (that's a Saturday) from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.


Location: Capitola Branch Library, 2005 Wharf Road, Capitola Map
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Free Guided Tour of the UCSC Farm
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UCSC Farm
Workshops at one of Santa Cruz's most beautiful locations-the 30-acre organic farm at UC Santa Cruz
Date: 07/29/2017


Guided Tour of UCSC Farm

 

Saturday 7/29

'50 Years of Farming and Gardening' Workshops

popouts1730-50-yearsFARMThis Saturday, July 29, the UC Santa Cruz Farm & Garden celebrates 50 years of of UCSC's leadership in organic farming and sustainable agriculture. In 1967, a modest organic garden on a steep hillside above Stevenson College grew into an internationally-acclaimed hands-on education and research program. More than 1,500 people have graduated from the apprenticeship and the center's research has led to breakthroughs in the organic production of key crops like strawberries, apples, and artichokes. Workshops begin at 2 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. and include topics like pollinators in the garden, drawing in the garden, integrating blueberries, youth empowerment and working with teens in the garden. Advance registration is recommended.

 

Info: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. UCSC Farm, 1156 High St., Santa Cruz. specialevents.ucsc.edu. $20-$30.

 


Location: Louise Cain Gatehouse, 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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March of the Penguins
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San Francisco Zoo
Watch our adorable adolescent Magellanic penguins waddle through the Zoo to their new home on Penguin Island as part of the
Date: 07/29/2017 from 9:00am to 5:00pm


March of the Penguins

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March of the Penguins
Saturday, July 29


One of our most popular annual events, March of the Penguins, returns this Saturday! Come watch our 5 adorable Magellanic penguin chicks waddle through the Zoo to their new home on Penguin Island. This morning event celebrates the chicks' graduation from "Fish School" where they lose their fluffy down, learn to eat whole fish, swim and accept food from their human keepers. Members can come into the Zoo early at 9:30 am to get a great seat and will have the opportunity to submit a name suggestion in a raffle for one of the chicks! After the ceremony, stay as long as you'd like for the Penguin Party! 

 

9:30 am Zoo opens early for Members and Guardians 10 am Zoo opens to the public

10:15 am    Penguin March!

10:30 - 12 Penguin Party with crafts for kids, educational materials, photo ops with a penguin character and more!

3:30 pm Penguin Keeper Talk


Location: 1 Zoo Way, San Francisco Map
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Bonny Doon Studio Tour
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Bonny Doon Studio Tour
Art Tours, Open studios, Discover the hidden art studios of Bonny Doon
Date: Every day (Jul 29-Jul 30) from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Art tour is Free
Special Instructions: Picnic lunches available for sale

Get ready for the seventh annual Bonny Doon Studio Tour, Saturday and Sunday. Twenty-nine artists will be opening their studios to the public. Painters, sculptors, ceramic artists, printmakers, woodcarvers, glass artists and more will welcome guests into their studios. Many artists will be demonstrating their processes. Click on the link for more detailed information!

 

 

Discover the hidden art studios of Bonny Doon during the seventh annual Bonny Doon Studio Tour, Saturday and Sunday, July 29 & 30, 2017. High above the coastal fog, in the majestic redwood forests and pastoral fields of Bonny Doon, explore roads less traveled visiting working artist's studios.

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Ed Dickie

Celebrating the vast array of artistic work created in this peaceful environment, 29 artists will be opening their studios to the public. Painters, sculptors, ceramic artists, printmakers, woodcarvers, glass artists and more will welcome guests into their studios. Many artists will be demonstrating their processes.

"Bound by Envy" - Eva Bernstein

 

 

Eva Bernstein

Just a few miles north of Santa Cruz, Bonny Doon has long been known as an inspirational environment for artists. More recently it has been discovered as a unique grape growing region and producer of world-class wines. Tasting rooms in the area will also be open for sampling.

 

Walker & Steve Hum

Steve Hum

The Bonny Doon Studio Tour is a unique opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of Bonny Doon as you discover the wealth of artistic talent residing here.

Admission to all studios is free.

 


Location: various, Bonny Doon Map
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School Rummage Sale
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St. Abraham's Classical Christian Academy
Date: 07/29/2017 from 7:00am to 2:00pm


The school rummage sale is coming on Saturday, July 29th!  Baked goods and lots of good stuff!


Location: 1940 Bonita Dr., Aptos Map
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Kids Week Downtown Santa Cruz
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Join us all week long for fun activities and specials downtown - just for kids!
Date: Every day (Jul 29-Aug 6)


HIGHLIGHTS

Sat 7/29  -  Kick off Party at The MAH in Abbott Square 11 - 1:00 - Grab a giant wand and make massive bubbles in Abbott Square with Santa Cruz bubble-maker extraordinaire Rachel Smith. Or, grab a hula hoop and twist and shout to your heart's content!


Sun 7/30 - FREE Bike Workshop at Spokesman Bikes 11  -  A FREE family friendly class on bicycle safety and minor maintenance so bikes are kept happy and working smoothly!

Tues 8/1 - Crafternoon: Sun Prints at the MAH in Abbott Square 3 - 5:00

Wed 8/2  -  Library Craft Day 10 -4:00  -  Come out to the Downtown Santa Cruz Public Library for a variety of events this upcoming Wednesday, August 3rd, from 10-4pm!
We will have a variety of crafts available for kids and their families or caregivers. Drop in and expect to get messy as we often use permanent markers and paint that will NOT come off clothes! Come and enjoy the fun!

  • Origami: fold a simple paper creation, or try something more difficult.
  • Fun with wood: make a creature, robot, or anything you can dream, with wood, hardware, and baubles.
  • Paper bag puppets: create a paper bag puppet and put on a show for your friends and family.
  • Collage: create a collage to take home, or contribute to a collage mural we're making for display at the library.

Thu 8/3  - Shake the Square: Family Yoga in the Secret Garden in Abbott Square with Luma Yoga 11-11:45  -  Luma's Family Yoga is an experience you won't want to miss! Each class combines love + laughter-filled yoga activities and games for families. Class is specially designed for social interaction, movement, and play! No yoga experience required. Open to families with kids of all ages.

Fri 8/4  - Ballooniverse: A Brain Bending Exhibition Opening at the MAH 5-9:00 pm

Sat 8/5  - BHODY Free temporary tatoos, Junior Artist Area, Canvas Bag Painting and more 12-5:00

Sat 8/5 and 8/6  - Church Street Fair Kids Activity Zone 11-5:00

Sun 8/6  - Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Free Family Concert at the Civic Auditorium 1-2


SPECIALS ALL WEEK

Petroglyph Ceramics and Glow Candle Lounge
- 1 Free 1.5 inch tile at Petroglyph, 1 Free votive at Glow

Ohana Gymnastics - 1 free hour of Gymnastics Camp for kids ages 5-12 during kids week (Monday - Friday) between the hours of 12-3p. 1 hour per kid per week additional hours available at $15/hour...limited to space available - first come first serve.

Exit Santa Cruz - For Kids Week we will be running a special 30-minute escape room suitable for kids age 8 and up (and their families). People can book through our normal website: http://exitsantacruz.com/book-now.

Spokesman - We'd like to offer 20% off kids bike for kids week and also a free kids bike repair class.

World of Stones and Mystics - If you are under 10 years old and you visit World of Stones and Mystics, you will receive one stone for each year of your life for FREE.
It will be my pleasure to have you visit as a guest.

99 Bottles:
Enjoy a free kid's meal for your guest 12 and under with the purchase of any regularly priced adult meal.

Kiantis - FREE Kids meal with the purchase of an individual or family size entree.

Pono Hawaiian Grill
- Pono Hawaiian Grill would like to participate in Kids Week again this year.
We will offer our "Keiki Eat Free" discount during Kids Week Downtown from July 29 through August 5. Children 10 years and younger who dine with at least ONE paying adult may select a free item from Kaleo's Corner (kids menu) from the following dishes:
Chicken fingers (served with fries)
Keiki quesadilla (served with steamed veggies)
Macaroni & cheese (made from scratch)
The free meal must be as advertised on the menu board, without substitutions (which will incur a charge).


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MBARI Open House
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Highlights include science exhibits, technology demonstrations, deep-sea videos, presentations about our research, robotic subma
Date: 07/29/2017 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm


The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) invites you to our annual Open House

 

Our staff, scientists, and engineers will share their knowledge and enthusiasm about oceanographic research at this special event. Highlights include science exhibits, technology demonstrations, deep-sea videos, presentations about our research, robotic submarines, and children's activities. This free event is fun for the whole family!

 

MBARI celebrates its 30-year anniversary in 2017! This free event features educational displays, presentations, and demonstrations of the institute's deep-sea research and technology. Meet MBARI scientists and engineers, make children's crafts, build and test a remotely operated vehicle, view research vessels at the dock, and visit our machine shop.

 

LOCATION: MBARI is located in Moss Landing, halfway between Santa Cruz and Monterey off Highway 1. The Moss Landing power plant is a visible landmark just inland of Moss Landing Harbor. From Highway 1, turn west (toward ocean) onto Moss Landing Road. Turn on Sandholdt Road and cross the bridge. MBARI is on the west side of the road. 

 

TIME: The Open House begins at 12:00 noon and ends at 5:00 p.m. Because much of the setup occurs in the morning prior to opening, we ask that people refrain from coming ahead of time. The exhibits and activities will be available at 12:00 noon.

 

PARKING: Limited free public parking is available along the streets. The nearby Moss Landing Harbor District also offers some parking for a fee.

 

FOOD: Food and beverages will not be available at MBARI. However, there are several restaurants within walking distance. There are also several benches around MBARI that you can use to picnic with your family as well as access points to the beach.

 

2016 PRESENTATIONS in the PACIFIC FORUM:
12:00 MBARI reaches out ~ George Matsumoto
12:30 Antarctic adventure ~ Paul McGill
1:00 Food webs in the deep sea ~ Anela Choy
1:30 MBARI reaches out ~ George Matsumoto (REPEAT)
2:00 At sea with staff, ships, and subs ~ Mike Kelly
2:30 Marine robotics for ocean science ~ Doug Au
3:00 Bioluminescence in the ocean ~ Severine Martini
3:30 At sea with staff, ships, and subs ~ Mike Kelly (REPEAT)
4:00 Impacts of climate change on ocean life ~ Kyle van Houtan
4:30 Bioluminescence in the ocean ~ Severine Martini (REPEAT)

 

2016 PRESENTATIONS in the VIDEO TENT:
12:00 - 12:20 Video tour of the R/V Western Flyer and R/V Rachel Carson
12:30 - 12:50 LIVE: Mysteries of the Deep
1:00 - 01:20 LIVE: Mysteries of the Deep
1:30 - 01:50 Video tour of the R/V Western Flyer and R/V Rachel Carson
2:00 - 02:20 LIVE: Mysteries of the Deep
2:30 - 02:50 LIVE: Mysteries of the Deep
3:00 - 03:20 Video tour of the R/V Western Flyer and R/V Rachel Carson
3:30 - 03:50 LIVE: Mysteries of the Deep
4:00 - 04:20 LIVE: Mysteries of the Deep)
4:30 - 04:50 Video tour of the R/V Western Flyer and R/V Rachel Carson


Location: 7700 Sandholdt Rd, Moss Landing Map
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Festival of the Book
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Festival Celebrating Children's Literacy with LOTS of kid activities!
Date: 07/30/2017 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: None

(0 July 2017) book-fest-blog.jpgThe Festival of the Book, a festival celebrating reading and another successful Summer Reading Program by the Santa Cruz Public Libraries, will be on Sunday July 30th at Harvey West Park from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

This energy-filled celebration of children's literacy will feature tasty food, entertaining crafts, colorful face paint, and professional jugglers from Circus of Smiles. Certified therapy dogs will also be at the festival, providing a comfortable and nonjudgmental audience for children to read aloud to. And of course, there will be free stuff.

 

Children who participated in this years' Summer Reading Program will receive a  free book at the Kid's Only Book Sale!


Location: Harvey West Park, 326 Evergreen Street, Santa Cruz Map
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