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California Rodeo Salinas
2018 California Rodeo... Cowgirl and Cowboy Up!
Every day (Jul 19-Jul 22)
Location: Salinas Sports Complex, 1034 Main Street , Salinas Map

(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

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

Special Instructions: 2nd Tuesday is FREE DAY

Second Tuesday of every month is free!

 

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

 

Free Admission Day Every second Tuesday of the month

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

 

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

Free Tours Daily; 1:30pm at Main Gate

 

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

Navigating t! he Garden

 

Free Admission Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden

 

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

Last entry: Fall & Winter

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

From a reviewer: 9/12/2016

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


Location: Golden Gate Park, 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco Map
Phone: (415) 661-1316 •website San Franciscocreate a direct event link
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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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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Chicken Fun
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Glaum Egg Ranch
Buy eggs and get a bonus, an animated chicken show
Date: Every Mon, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa from 6:00am to 8:00pm


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

 

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

 

Glaum Egg Ranch Machine Hours

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

 

100% Cage Free & Organic California Family Farm Eggs

 

Ranch Store Hours

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


Location: 3100 Valencia Rd, Aptos Map
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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
Campfire Programs
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State Park Henry Cowell
Sing songs, play games, hear stories and learn all about our unique and beautiful park
Date: Every Th, Fri and Sa (Jun 30-Sep 3) at 8:00pm

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

Campfire Programs

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

 


Location: 101 Big Trees Park Rd, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
Ages: All

The Pigeon Point Lighthouse is currently under repair, but that doesn't mean that the First Order Fresnel Lens can't shine! The Fresnel lens, the original lighthouse beacon, will light up once again from its temporary home in the Visitor Center. As dusk settles, the 24 beams of light provide a dramatic glimpse of how the lighthouse once guided ships passing by this rocky coastline. Bring a flashlight and join us for a unique experience. For more information, call the park at (650) 879-2120 or go online to www.Parks.CA.gov/PigeonPoint. Event is free. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

* Please note the lighthouse will NOT be lit. The original lighthouse beacon, the First Order Fresnel lens, will be lit but in its temporary location inside the Visitor Center. The lighthouse is being repaired and is currently not accessible to the public.


Location: 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero 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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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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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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Evening Art Program
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State Park Henry Cowell
Activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Evening Art Program
Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Join us in the campfire center for a family friendly arts and crafts program. All ages welcome. Topic changes week to week and activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more! Meet at the Henry Cowell Redwoods Graham Hill Campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. No experience necessary. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


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

Guided Redwood Grove Walks

Saturdays at 11 am & 2 pm

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

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
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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
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Free First Friday
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Enjoy our intertidal touch pool, large-screen microscope, and geology exhibit and "dig pit".
Date: Every day from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: FREE

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


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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Sponsored by: Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu


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

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


Location: 230-D Mount Hermon Road Kings Village Shopping Center, Scotts Valley Map
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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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"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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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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Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration
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City of Saratoga
Patriotic songs, speeches, and parade
Date: 07/04/2017 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All

 

Independence Day July 4th Celebration 2018: Saratoga

 

Independence Day Celebration

July 4, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Kevin Moran Park, 12415 Scully Ave., Saratoga, CA

From the volunteer organizers:

"The City of Saratoga's 2018 Independence Day Celebration will be held at Saratoga's Kevin Moran Park 

"The McCartysville Volunteer Band  will begin playing promptly at 9:30 am.

 

"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
  • 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

 


Location: Kevin Moran Park, 12415 Scully Avenue , Saratoga 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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Felton Farmers Market
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Felton Certified Farmers Market
Produce and fruit, fish, bread, wine, and an array of prepared foods, a community table and entertainment by local artists
Date: Every Tues from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Open May through November

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

 

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


Location: Hwy 9, St. John's Church parking lot
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4th of July Events in Monterey County
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Monterey County
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?

 

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 Seaside are each throwing their own hometown bashes. Which one will you be attending?

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.

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. The event also includes live musical entertainment. The party runs 11am-3pm.

Seaside

Nothing says that it's 4th of July quite like a fireworks show. For the first time ever the City of Seaside hosts an incredible Fireworks Celebration at Bayonet Black Horse Golf Course. The party begins at 4:30pm with an array of family activities including pony rides, carnival games, arts and crafts, food vendors and live music. Be on the lookout for the fireworks display at 9:30pm!


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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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Mind Craft
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Date: Every Tues from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: free

Minecraft.Edu

Thursday 3:00  - 5:00

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

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

 

 

 


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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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Saratoga Independence Day
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City of Saratoga
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
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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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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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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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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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Girls Night Out
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Art Factory
Treat yourself to some time with the girls, wine and cheese and a create evening. Call Yvette for schedule!
Date: Every Fri from 7:00pm to 9:00pm


Friday Night Girl's Night Out!

 

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

 

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

 

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


Location: Redwood Village #15, 9099 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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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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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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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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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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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
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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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New Mommy Musical Meet-UP
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MusicalMe, Inc
Join us every 2nd Monday for our "New Mommy Musical Meet-Up"!
Date: The 2nd Mon of every month from 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Ages: birth - 12months Admission Fees: FREE!

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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


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

 

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

 

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

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


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Reach for the Stars: Star Types & Light Pollution
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Library Boulder Creek
Star Types & Light Pollution
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

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Tuesday, June 26

Reach for the Stars (6:30 PM-8:30 PM)
Location: Boulder Creek Branch

Calling all stargazers! This program will explore the ins and outs of all facets of astronomy for adults and families. Whether you're an experienced astronomer or someone who doesn't know the difference between a comet and an asteroid, this program is for you! Topics will vary month-to-month.


Note: Boulder Creek Library: Star Types & Light Pollution

 

In conjunction with the Reach for the Stars program series, we're launching a new service so you can check out a telescope with your library card! The telescopes will be subject to the same rules as most library materials, except they will not be renewable. To make it even more interesting, we're inviting the community participate in a telescope naming contest between May 16th and May 31st. Anyone may enter the contest by submitting up to 3 name suggestions either in person at any branch library or via Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter by tagging us @santacruzpl and using the hashtag #ReachfortheStars.


Location: 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder reek Map
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Contra Dancing
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Santa Cruz Dance
Contra couples dancing for beginners and experienced dancers - Make dance magic happen on the dance floor!
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 7+ Admission Fees: $12
Special Instructions: Beginner's lesson at 5:40. Dancing 7:00-10:00

Everyone is welcome! Partners and dancing experience are not necessary. Each of the dozen or so dance forms during the evening are taught and prompted (except for the waltz and hambo).

 

Beginner's Workshop:  dancers are encouraged to attend the beginner's lesson at 5:40. Regular dancing begins at 6:00 (dances can get more complex as the night goes on).

 

Admission: Suggested admission donation is $12 regular, $8 for full-time students w/student ID card. Discounts for volunteers.

 

Wear: Comfortable, non-marking shoes to protect your feet and our floors - a separate pair of dance shoes works best. You'll be more comfortable in loose-fitting light-weight clothing.

 

Please note that many dancers are very sensitive to fragrances and body odor and that our dances are fragrance-free events.

 

This is an all-ages event.  Bring your joyful enthusiasm along with a sensibility toward care and consideration for your fellow dancers.

 

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

 

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

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

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


Location: Veteran's Memorial Building, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Free Story Time and Craft Time
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Wonderland Toys & Classroom Resources
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month at 10:30am


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


Location: 4101-B2 Soquel Dr., Soquel Map
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Basic Bicycle Maintenance Class
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The Spokesman
Learn how to fix your flat tire!
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00am
Ages: Free

Spokesman Bicycles Free Maintenance Class

3rd Saturday of every month, 10AM

Spokesman Bicycles, Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz, CA

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

For more information, contact cleanup@saveourshores.org.

 


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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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Storytime at Abbott Square
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Library Central
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

Special Instructions: English

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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Soquel Pioneers Potluck Picnic
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Soquel Pioneer & Historical Assoc
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

Special Instructions: Call for details

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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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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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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