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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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“My Mother Thinks I’m a Great Artist”
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Pajaro Valley Arts Council
Each artist is presenting their childhood artwork, reflecting on their own past and process, and how it relates to their contemp
Date: Every Su, Wed, Th and Fri (Aug 9-Sep 24) from 11:00am to 4:00pm

Special Instructions: Aug. 9 - Sept. 24 Reception: Aug. 13 2-4pm

(0 Aug 2017) MyMotherThinks.jpgPajaro Valley Arts Council exhibit opens Aug. 13

 

 

Pajaro Valley Arts Council presents “My Mother Thinks I’m a Great Artist.”  The show features 20 established local artists explore the history of their own creative development. Each artist is presenting their childhood artwork, reflecting on their own past and process, and how it relates to their contemporary work. This exhibit, curated by Janet Fine, illuminates the importance of art education and supporting creative practice for all children.

 

Aug. 9 - Sept. 24

 

Reception: Aug. 13 2-4pm

Pajaro Valley Gallery Hours
Wednesday through Sunday
11:00am to 4:00pm

Free admission — Wheelchair accessible


Location: 37 Sudden St, Watsonville Map
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87th Annual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition
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Santa Cruz Art League
California's foothills, mountains, seashores, and deserts of the interior and coastal regions by California artists
Date: Every day (Aug 11-Sep 10)


87th Annual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition

For almost nine decades, the Santa Cruz Art League's Statewide Landscape Exhibition has showcased the work of artists across the Golden State who depict California's foothills, mountains, seashores, and deserts of the interior and coastal regions.

 

  • Exhibition: August 11, Friday, to September 10, Sunday - 2017
  • Reception: August 19, Saturday   3:00pm - 5:00pm

Above artwork "Bellagio" by juror Frank Galuska


Location: Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
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Capitola Begonia Festival
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Capitola Village
A Labor Day weekend filled with fun events for the whole family. Beautifully decorated floats, concerts, sand
Date: Every day (Sep 1-Sep 4) from 7:00am to 8:00pm


The Capitola Begonia Festival returns Sept. 1-4, 2017 for its 65th and Final Festival.

This annual four day tradition celebrates the begonia growing and water festival history of Capitola. Brilliant begonias remain its focal point even as the number of events has blossomed. The "gem' of the Festival is the Nautical Parade of begonia covered floating barges: highlighted by the arrival of countless handpicked begonia blossoms. Nearly every Capitola resident has memories of building a float, picking begonias, or watching the parade.

 

Begonias once grew abundantly in Capitola, but by the mid 1970's the only remaining blossoms grew in Marina. Golden State Bulb Growers, continues to be the generous and now singular source of flowers for the Festival. They are retiring from the business of growing begonias, and with them goes our last source of begonia blossoms. They have, however, agreed to partner with the Festival Committee to grow begonias one last year for this 65th Festival.

 

The Capitola Begonia Festival Committee and Golden State Bulb Growers encourage all who have been a part of the Begonia Festival for the last six decades to come out in September, share your memories, and celebrate the end of a long treasured Capitola community tradition.

Join us for a FREE, Fun, and Family-friendly event held in Capitola Village. The Capitola Begonia Festival is a delightful experience for family members of all ages. Enter the Sand Sculpture contest, show your skills in a Fishing Derby, compete in Row Boat races, and watch a Nautical Parade of begonia-laden floats traveling down Soquel Creek. Create a treasure in Children's Art events, throw a ringer in the Horseshoes tournament, or decorate yourself with begonias! Stroll along the creek to see float builders rush to put the finishing touches on their parade entries. Or, really get involved and put together a team of family and friends to build your own float. You can watch a movie on the beach, or dance to the sounds of the bands. Don't miss this weekend of fun. Come Out and Play

 

Daily Free Shuttle 10am-8pm


Phone: (831)476-6522 •website Capitola Villagecreate 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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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
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Art in the Arboretum
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
Highlights of this exhibition include gigantic woven nests, ceramic fields of wild mustard, concrete Eucalyptus seedpods with en
Date: Every day (May 20-Nov 17)
Admission Fees: $5 for Adults and $2 for Children (6 to 17 years old), and free under 6
Special Instructions: open from 9:00 to 5:00, except July 4, Thanksgiving Day, December 25-26 & 30-31, and January 1-6.

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


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Art in the Arboretum: Environmental Installations

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

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

 

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

 

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

Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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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Linoleum Block Print Art Show
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Melissa West's work explores the fine line between comfort and menace in our most common stories and shared experiences.
Date: Every Mon, Tues, Wed, Th and Fri (Aug 8-Sep 27)


(0 Aug 2017) SCCParks_BlockPrints.jpgMelissa West's linolium block prints will be on exhibition August 15 through mid-October at the Simpkins Family Swim Center/Parks Dept. offices, 979 17th Ave. in Live Oak.

 

Melissa West's work explores the fine line between comfort and menace in our most common stories and shared experiences. The place where they meet is sometimes fraught with tension, some-times filled with magic. West's prints depict the characters who populate myths, legends, and fairy tales, but transplanted into a modern or neutral setting. The tension thus created helps viewers see these familiar tales anew, and think about the ways they remain relevant to the modern world.

 

Many of the prints in this show were originally created as illustrations for the book "Witchcraft: A Handbook of Magic Spells and Potions", written by Anastasia Greywolf and published by Wellfleet Press, 2016.


Location: 979 17th Ave, Live Oak Map
Phone: (831) 454-7901 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Amazing Cardboard
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Exploratorium
An ongoing exploration of science, art and human perception—a 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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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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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
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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Art Classes
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Santa Cruz Art League
The Santa Cruz Art League has a wide variety of classes: drop-in, weekend, series...
Date: Every day (Aug 1-Dec 15)


2017 Art Classes

The Santa Cruz Art League has a wide variety of classes at a variety of times. Is your week too hectic for our series classes? Consider taking one of our Weekend Workshops. Already have some skills and looking for a place to draw after work? Consider popping by our weekly, drop-in life drawing session (see description below).

2017 Art Classes

 

Please note: When you sign up for a class you will get a "receipt" from Presto Biz (that does not mean you are in the class.) PrestoBiz then sends the request to us and we process your payment here at the Art League if there is room in the class.


Location: Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
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The Art of Wonder Natural History Etchings
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Stephanie Martin's art celebrates the exquisite design and diversity of California's flora and avifauna
Date: 09/01/2017 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Ages

September: The Art of Wonder 
Natural History Etchings by Stephanie Martin

Stephanie Martin's art celebrates the exquisite design and diversity of California's flora and avifauna. She observes her subjects in the field, sketches specimens in museums, and creates intaglio etchings that bring these dead birds to life. Her work is a graceful meld of science and art.  Learn about Stephanie here.

 

 


Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural His, 1305 East Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz Map
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Blast from the Past
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SLV Museum
Learn about the great explosion of 1898!
Date: Every day (Feb 18-Oct 8)
Admission Fees: free, donations appreciated
Special Instructions: Opening Reception: February 25, 2017 2-4pm

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 


Location: 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek Map
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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 Pájaro Valley’s past.
Date: Every day (Mar 18-Dec 30) from 11:00am to 3:00pm

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

2017 Open House days at Castro Adobe

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

 

The open houses will be 11am to 3pm

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

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

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

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


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
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Papa Doo Run Run
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Beach Boardwalk
Last free Friday night concert of the summer
Date: 09/01/2017
Admission Fees: Free

(0 Aug 2017) Papa-Doo-Run-Run2017.jpgPapa Doo Run Run, September 1, 2017

Formed in Cupertino in 1965, the group has toured with surf music icons Jan and Dean and the Beach Boys, and served as the "celebrity house band" at Disneyland for an unprecedented 15 years, 1975-1990. Papa's 1975 Top 40 hit "Be True To Your School" reached No. 1 in California. Their ground breaking CD "California Project" (1985) exploded onto the Billboard Hot 100 Chart at no. 17 and earned the band their second Gold Record and a Grammy Nomination.

 

Today, Papa Doo Run Run still averages about 100 dates a year, worldwide. Their act encompasses all the great Classic Rock hits of the 60's and 70's, with a special emphasis on their award winning re-creation of the hits of the Beach Boys. Their best kept secret... Papa Doo Run Run is who the Beach Boys call when they need someone to fill in in their band.

 

Band Website


Location: Beach St, Santa Cruz 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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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
Take the Dogs Out!
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SPCA
Hang out with adoptable dogs
Date: Every day from 9:00am to 3:00pm


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

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

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


Location: 2685 Chanticleer Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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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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Annual Fiddle Extravaganza
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Alasdair Fraser's Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School
150 enthusiastic musicians in a lively celebration of music, song, and dance...
Date: 09/01/2017 at 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $20.50 - $26.50; Children 8 and under are free

Valley of the Moon Fiddle School

Indi-Award-winning Scots fiddler, Alasdair Fraser, leads more than 170 enthusiastic musicians in a lively celebration of music, song, and dance. Showcased in this concert will be André Brunet and Evan Price. Also appearing are Natalie Haas, Pazzo Mehling, Eric Beaudry, Nic Gareiss, Hanneke Cassel, Laura Risk, Deby Grosjean, Janette Duncan, Colin Cotter, Laura Cortese, Clay Ross, Cali McKasson, and Ryan McKasson.

 

Seating is General Admission- first come, first served for seating.

Buy early and save! Ticket prices increase by $2 the day of show.
Advance Ticket Prices (service charge included):
Adult $24.50
Student/Seniors 65+: $20.50
Children 9-17: $20.50 Children 8 and under are FREE!


Day of Show Ticket Prices (service charge included):
Adult: $26.50
Student/Senior 65+: $22.50
Children 9-17: $22.50
Children 8 and under are FREE! 10+

10+ Group Discount at $13.50 (service charge included) available for advance buyers! (The group discount is not offered on day of show.)

For more information, please visit VallyOfTheMoon.org .

Location: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St., Santa Cruz Map
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Hikes at Castle Rock
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State Park Castle Rock
Discover expansive views, marvelous rock formations and great rock climbing opportunities
Date: Every day (May 27-Sep 3)

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

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


Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
Phone: (408) 867-2952 •website Los Gatos create a direct event link
Animal Advocates Afterschool Club
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Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
Club offers opportunities for young animal lovers
Date: Every day

Special Instructions: Starts up in October

Animal Advocates Afterschool Club

Youth Service Clubs at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter


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

 

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


Kids Animal Advocates (1st - 5th graders)

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

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

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

Click here for further information and to register!



Youth Animal Advocates (5th - 9th graders)

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

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

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

Click here for further information and to register!


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


Location: 2200 7th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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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
Shakespeare Summer
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Santa CruzShakespeare
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-­â€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-­â€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-­â€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
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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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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
Coast Nature Walks
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs
Date: Every Sa (Sep 2-Sep 30) at 11:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: $6 parking
Special Instructions: 7/1, 7/22, 7/29

Wilder Ranch Coast Nature Walks
Saturday, September 2 at 11am
Saturday, September 16 at 11am
Saturday, September 23 at 11am
Saturday, September 30 at 11am
On these two-hour natural history excursions, you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs.  Meet at the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center. Bring a snack, water, binoculars, and good walking shoes.  Binoculars are now available to borrow.

 

 


Location: Wilder Ranch , Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.426-0505 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate 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
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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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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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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Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!
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State Park Big Basin
Explore the parks less traveled backcountry,
Date: Every Su and Sa (Sep 2-Sep 10) at 12:00pm
Ages: All

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!
Saturday, September 2 at 12 pm
AND Sunday, September 3 at 12 pm
AND Saturday, September 9 at 12 pm
AND Sunday, September 10 at 12 pm
Explore the park's less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike will be individually tailored to your group. Based on group size, experience level and weather conditions, we will choose from the many trails that explore the park's most scenic areas. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Hike to Buzzard's Roost
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State Park Big Basin
Moderate two-mile climb going out, easy return, not recommended for small children
Date: 09/02/2017 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Hike to Buzzard's Roost
Saturday, September 2 from 10-2
Hike to a dramatic rock formation with a commanding view of the park! Develop your hiking muscles with this challenging 5-mile round trip to Buzzard's Roost with Docent Steve Stolper. We gain 1,200 feet in elevation on the way up. After lunch on the rocks, we return to headquarters. Bring at least 1 liter of water, lunch and appropriate clothing. Meet at Headquarters.

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Wings over Watsonville
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Wings over Watsonville
Watch aerial acrobatics, stunts, military demonstrations
Date: 09/02/2017 from 9:00am to 4:00pm


(0 Aug 2017) WingsOverWatsonvillePainting.jpgFor over 50 years Wings over Watsonville (Watsonville Fly-In) has been dazzling on-lookers as they watch aerial acrobatics, stunts, military demonstrations, and so much more. Plane lovers of all ages and those who just enjoy the evolution of flight come from all over to witness these magnificent spectacles of the sky.

 

Wings over Watsonville is FREE and feature historic & antique aircraft, introductory training flights and young eagle flights.

 

If you have ever wanted to be free to soar into the sky above Santa Cruz County, then come out and have a great time at the Wings over Watsonville event. You will not be disappointed.

 

Free walk-in admission, Parking on Runway $10.00

  1. Display and Crosswalk
  2. WOW FAQs2017
  3. WOW Parking 2017 Map
  4. INFORMATION FOR PARENTS...from EAA

Location: Airport, Airport Way, Watsonville Map
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Evening Campfire Programs
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State Park Big Basin
An evening of song and story
Date: Every day (Sep 2-Sep 3) at 7:00pm


Evening Campfire Programs
Saturday, September 2 at 7 pm
AND Sunday, September 3 at 7 pm
Join us in our historic 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. Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 7 pm; program begins at 7:30 pm. Wheelchair, stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome!

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Guided Walks
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State Park Butano
Join Naturalist Interpreter Eleanor for a 2-hour stroll
Date: Every Sa (Aug 5-Sep 2) from 1:00pm to 3:00pm


Guided Walks

Saturdays at 1 pm
Join Naturalist Interpreter Eleanor for a 2-hour stroll along the .... Meet at .... Bring water, snacks, and binoculars. All ages welcome. No pets.


Location: 1500 Cloverdale Rd, Pescadero Map
Phone: (650) 879-2040 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Grizzly Bear Festival
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Come to Rancho del Oso for a day of commemorating the once-abundant predator that roamed this "Ranch of the Bear."
Date: 09/02/2017 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Special Instructions: 17 mo north of Santa Cruz

Grizzly Bear Festival
Saturday September 2, 2017 from Noon to 4 pm
Come to Rancho del Oso for a day of commemorating the once-abundant predator that roamed this "Ranch of the Bear." Discover what they ate, how they lived, and what made this area famous for its grizzly population.  Throughout the day there will be crafts and activities for all ages. Come visit the Nature and History Center to hear stories about this powerful animal! This free event is appropriate for all ages. Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center is located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway 1 in Davenport. Rancho del Oso is the coastal portion of Big Basin Redwoods State Park, and is not accessible by vehicle from Big Basin Headquarters off of Highway 236. For more information, please call (831) 427-2288, or email parksRDOPIS@parks.ca.gov. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.ranchodeloso.org and www.parks.ca.gov.

 

Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center is located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway 1 in Davenport. Rancho del Oso is the coastal portion of Big Basin Redwoods State Park, and is not accessible by vehicle from Big Basin Headquarters off of Highway 236. For more information, please call (831) 427-2288, or email parksRDOPIS@parks.ca.gov.

 


Location: 3600 Hwy 1, Davenport 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
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
A moveable feast of fresh, locally grown produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats and poultry, baked goods, music and good comp
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed and Sa
Ages: All

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Location: 2801 Mission St, Santa Cruz Map
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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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Nature Club
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State Park Big Basin
Nature for the little ones!
Date: Every day (Sep 2-Sep 30)
Ages: 3-6 and families Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Sept 2, 3, 4, 30

Big Basin Nature Club
Saturday, September 2 at 4:30 pm
AND Sunday, September 3 at 4:30 pm
AND Monday, September 4, Labor Day at 10 am
AND Saturday, September 30 at 4:30 pm
This fun program is designed 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 the Nature Lodge.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek 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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Star Stroll
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State Park Henry Cowell
The cosmos, river, trees, bats, hear owls and other nocturnal wildlife
Date: 09/02/2017 at 8:00pm

Special Instructions: Note different start times

Star Stroll
Saturday, September 2 at 8pm
Join us for a stroll to the Observation Deck to listen to stories, serenade the glittering stars, and discover the night sky. Meet at the Campfire Center in the campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

 

 


Location: 2591 Graham Hill Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 831-335-7077 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Overnights at the Zoo
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San Francisco Zoo
From dusk until dawn, groups will enjoy the sights and sounds of the Zoo
Date: Every day (Sep 2-Sep 3)

Special Instructions: Sloat Blvd at Great highway

 Family Overnight 

Experience one of our award winning Family Overnights on August 19-20 or September 2-3. 

 

Overnight adventures include guided sunset and sunrise walks through the park, quality time with a Zoo Keeper and a delicious pizza dinner. After a night under the stars, enjoy a continental breakfast and watch the animals begin their day.  Learn more and register today!

 

Group Overnights
Child (8 - 17 years): $60 each
Adult: $70 each
Minimum group size: 30


Family Overnights
Members: $90 per person
Non-members: $100 per person
Get $10 off each ticket when purchasing 5 or more Family Overnight tickets.


Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco Map
Phone: (415) 753-7080 •website San Franciscocreate 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
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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
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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
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Sunday Seaside Crafts
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join us with your small fry every Sunday for hands-on fun!
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Kids and up Admission Fees: General admission fees apply.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Sponsored by: Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Guided Adobe Tour!
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State Park Mission
Tours of the 180 year old mission
Date: 09/03/2017 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Special Instructions: Sundays 6/11, 8/6, 8/27

Guided Adobe Tour
Sunday, September 3 at 1pm
Join us at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for a guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Come learn about the many families who have called this 180-year-old mission adobe their home. Event is free; rain or shine.

 


Location: 144 School Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-425-5849 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Ocean Views and Waterfalls
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State Park Big Basin
You'll see an ocean view, waterfalls, wildflowers, massive trees, interesting geology, historic sites and more!
Date: 09/03/2017 at 10:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Ocean Views and Waterfalls
Sunday, September 3 at 10 am
Join Docent Diane Shaw on one of her favorite hikes. You'll see an ocean view, waterfalls, wildflowers, massive trees, interesting geology, historic sites and more! This 7-mile tour is one of our most diverse hikes in Big Basin. Bring plenty of water and food. Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Little Rangers Programs for 3-6 year olds with an adult
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State Park Natural Bridges
Fun for the little ones
Date: Every Mon (Jun 12-Sep 4) at 10:30am
Ages: 3-6 with an adult Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Also 2pm

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

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

 

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

 


Location: West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-4609 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Gardens of Time
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State Park Mission
Tour the native plant beds, neophyte kitchen garden, and memories of Victorian Nearyland. Take home history in a seed
Date: 09/04/2017 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Gardens of Time
Monday, September 4 at 1pm
Stroll through history as you visit the various gardens within our courtyard and patio. We can learn a good deal about people who lived here in the past by exploring the plants they used and cultivated. Tour our native plant gardens, demonstration vegetable beds and Victorian "Nearyland". Take home history in a seed. Event is free; rain cancels.

 

GUIDED TOURS GARDENS OF TIME:
Tour the native plant beds, neophyte kitchen garden, and memories of Victorian Nearyland. Take home history in a seed. 1:00-2:00 pm.


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Free Community Swim Sept 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: 09/04/2017 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Entry is first-come, first-served

Free Community Swim
SIMPKINS FAMILY SWIM CENTER


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
Phone: (831) 454-7946 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Sack Puppet Saturdays
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The Puppetry Institute
Bring yourself and the kids to this free introduction to puppetry
Date: Every Tues from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


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


Location: The Octagon, 118 Cooper St , Santa Cruz Map
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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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Sack Puppet Saturdays
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The Puppetry Institute
Date: Every Tues from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


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


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

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


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831)338-8883 •website Boulder Creek 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
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

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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.

 

 

 


Phone: 831-661-4771 •website La Selva Beachcreate a direct event link
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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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
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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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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
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 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
Phone: (831) 423-0900 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
2017 Friends’ Gala
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Libraries are power. Libraries are freedom. Libraries are strength. Libraries are community. Celebrate with us at the Relax at H
Date: 09/06/2017
Ages: all Admission Fees: Donations
Special Instructions: Relax at Home with a Good Book Solstice Gala

(0 Aug 2017) BookRelaxing.jpgDear Reader -


I just saw an old photograph of the stone-and-ivy-covered Carnegie-built Santa Cruz Public Library that I frequented as a child. It brought back a flood of memories. I remember my earliest days walking up the steps, sunlight filtering through the windows, the musty smells and honey-colored vistas, obtaining my first library card (how proud of it I was!)-and with it, the right and responsibilities of taking home a book. What a marvel. The library was a sanctuary and refuge, a wonder room and a cabinet of curiosities, a baseball park, opium den, and 19th century California fishing wharf all rolled into one. The library took me on a magic carpet ride to places I could never imagine, to worlds I could only dream.

 

What a wonderful place to get lost! I listened to Louis Armstrong playing jazz in a New Orleans dance hall, circa 1918. I watched Ty Cobb and Cool Papa Bell round the bases, Billie Holiday and Zora Neale Hurston huddled in conversation. I walked through the looking glass and fell into the spell.

 

Because of this magic, I'm now inviting you to a library party. It takes place on the winter solstice-my favorite night, because from that point on spring and summer are on their way-the annual Relax at Home with a Good Book Solstice Gala. What better way to celebrate the solstice than at a party of your own creation, at a venue provided by a book of your choosing, taking you to some distant, mystical place.

 

I like to think of it as the Un-Gala. And the best part: Admission is merely a gift to the Friends of the Public Library. Be generous and imaginative! Remember the old Carnegie Library I mentioned? That's where I first imagined myself being a writer. And it was in the California Room there-at the big wooden table in the middle of it-that I scratched out (quite literally) my very first stories. It was there that I could find the quiet, solitude and inspiration requisite to compose a story. The magic was in the room.

 

Even in the Age of the Internet-and perhaps because of the internet!- libraries remain a cornerstone of civilized society. They are at once democratic and collective institutions that feed and support civic goals and values. Libraries are power. Libraries are freedom. Libraries are strength. Libraries are community. Celebrate with us at the Relax at Home with a Good Book Solstice Gala.

 

Party hard! I look forward to seeing you there!

 

-Geoffrey Dunn

 


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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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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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Dr.Greger's Daily Dozen
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Get Healthy Now! Be entertained, educated, and motivated to eat yourself healthier and to avoid dying from the top 15 causes of
Date: 09/06/2017 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


(0 Aug 2017) Book_how-not-to-die.jpgHe's wild, wacky, and wonderful with NEWtrition science that is evidence-based!

Sandi Rechenmacher, local nutritional consultant, whole foods plant-based chef and PCRM Food for Life Instructor will share Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen as explained in his best-selling book, How Not To Die. Come to be entertained, educated, and motivated to eat yourself healthier and to avoid dying from the top 15 causes of death in the US!

Bye, bye chronic diseases, digestive troubles, aches, pains, sleepless nights, excess weight, ETC. Why haven't we been privy to this information before now? Drop on by for updates, bring your burning nutrition questions for Q & A, and sample a Greger-style treat! You'll be glad that you brought a friend and shared this event!

"Choose what you chew" and experience quality living, adding years to your life and LIFE to your years!

PCRM [www.pcrm.org] (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) a nonprofit organization advancing chronic disease prevention & survival through nutrition education and research since 1985. PCRM combines the clout and expertise of more than 12,000 physicians with the dedicated actions of 150,000 members across the United States and around the world.


Location: Live Oak Library, 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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2017 Garden Tour
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UC Master Gardeners of Monterey & Santa Cruz
This tour offers access to hidden gardens large and small in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties.
Date: 09/07/2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Tickets $25 in advance / $30 day of tour.

(0 Aug 2017) UCMasterGardenerTour2017.jpgGarden Tour 2017

 

Start at Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History You are in for a treat! This tour offers access to hidden gardens large and small, whose owners have generously opened their garden gates to benefit the UC Master Gardeners of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties.

 

Though you may begin your tour at any of the garden locations, we recommend you visit the Garden Tour Headquarters at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. Here we will have a plant sale with hundreds of plants propagated by our dedicated team of Master Gardeners, garden talks by members of our Speakers Bureau, a raffle with great prizes, and the museum itself is a classic, originally built as a Carnegie Library. Come see the impressive Pilkington Creek restoration effort completed by the museum's dedicated corps of volunteers.

 

For descriptions of the gardens, visit http://mbmg.org/garden_tour_2017

 

Tickets $25 in advance / $30 day of tour.  Buy now.

Garden & Event Details & Maps - click here!

Events at the Museum


Bringing Nature Back to Tyrrell Park featuring Nancy Lenz 11am-noon   Learn how a handful of neighbors teamed up with the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History and city's Parks and Recreation Department to transform a creekside jungle of invasive ivy, blackberry and mattress wire vine into a pollinator and California native plant haven. Discover how they revitalized an overgrown tangle into a natural learning garden.


Creating Wildlife Friendly Gardens featuring Tai Moses 1pm - 2pm   Tai Moses is a Santa Cruz author and editor whose work focuses on the connection between humans and animals. Her book, Zooburbia: Meditations On The Wild Animals Among Us, examines "the extraordinary, unruly, half-wild realm where human and animal lives overlap." Tai is at the vanguard of the movement to protect native wildlife in our communities and has recommendations for how to make your garden a safe habitat for our wild neighbors.   More speakers throughout the day!

 

 

 

Plant Sale

The anticipated attendees of the illustrious garden sale will be:

  • Salvias: Spathacea, Pozo Blue, Wendy's wish, Ember's wish, and Leucantha (mexican sage).
  • Three types of Aeonium and Sedum.
  • A gardeners' staple, Achillea millefolium, as well as it's more showy sister Achillea 'colorado mix'.
  • Two kinds of Buddleia: Black knight and Buzz lavender.
  • Tried and true favorites like: Pelargonium, Alstromeria, Epilobium, Aloe, and Digitalis!
  • Lovely combo succulent pots as well as a limited number of larger pots with butterfly bushes and mints!
  • And many more surprises . . .

 

Raffle

Participate in a chance to win fun and useful gardening tools, supplies and plants.


Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural His, 1305 East Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz Map
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Seymour Locals Free Days
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Free Locals Days in September...Come visit us!
Date: Every Th (Sep 7-Sep 28) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: We are located at the end of Delaware Avenue.

Locals "Seymour" in September

Santa Cruz County locals can visit the Seymour Marine Discovery Center for free any Thursday this September:

September 7
September 14
September 21
September 28

 

Simply present a current photo ID showing Santa Cruz County residence. Current student ID from any school in Santa Cruz County or current utility bills are also valid proof of residence. Guests of county residents must pay regular admission prices.


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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FREE Music Together Watsonville Demos
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MusicalMe, Inc.
Free demo! Come enjoy The Joy of Family Music
Date: 09/08/2017 from 9:30am to 10:30am
Ages: 0-6 with parent/cargiver Admission Fees: FREE
Special Instructions: Schedule online www.musicalme.com or call 831 438 3514

Free Demo classes at the beautiful, new Watsonville Yoga, Dance and Healing Arts!
We're so excited to be able to offer our classes at this gorgeous place!
Please join us on Friday, September 8th @ 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. for Free Music Together Demo classes at Watsonville Yoga, Dance and Healing Arts, 375 N. Main, Watsonville, CA 96076
See the space and meet our fabulous teacher, Sarah Cruse!

Fall Classes at Watsonville Yoga on Fridays, 9/22-12/15 @ 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. Register Now @ MusicalMe.com


Location: Watsonville Yoga, Dance, and Hea, 375 N. Main, Watsonville Map
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Teacher/Tutor Training For Dyslexia and Literacy
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Chartwell School
Teacher/Tutor Training for Dyslexia and Literacy
Date: Every Fri and Sa (Sep 8-Sep 23)


Teacher/Tutor Training for Dyslexia and Literacy in Seaside, California

 

Register now for Teacher/Tutor Training for Dyslexia and Literacy to be held at Chartwell School September 8-23. The training will be taught by Nancy Redding, M.Ed, a Fellow-In-Training with the Association of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. The 32-hour course achieves the Classroom Educator certification to prepare teachers for implementing the Orton-Gillingham approach.

 

Chartwell School and the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators:

Teacher/Tutor Training For Dyslexia and Literacy

Orton-Gillingham is a research based sequential, multisensory method proven effective for over 80 years. The 32 hour course achieves the Classroom Educator certification to prepare teachers for implementing the Orton-Gillingham approach.

The 4 day training, totaling 32 hours, will be held on the following dates:

  • Friday, September 8th
  • Saturday, September 9th
  • Friday, September 22nd
  • Saturday, September 23rd
  • 8:30a.m. to 5:00p.m.
  • Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

Course will be taught by Nancy Redding, M.Ed, a Fellow-In-Training with the Association of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.

The Dyslexia and Literacy Training will be held at Chartwell School in Seaside, California (Monterey County).

 

More information and registration


Location: 2511 Numa Watson Road, Seaside 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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Seymour Community Free Days
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Free Community Day...Come visit us!
Date: 09/08/2017 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: We are located at the end of Delaware Avenue.

Community Free Days

The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is open to the community free of charge on the following days:

 

2017

September 8
October 6
November 3

Sponsored by:
www.montereybayseaglass.com / Nancy Allen

 

Come touch a friendly shark, see how marine scientists work, and take in the spectacular Monterey Bay. Our exhibit hall offers a deeper dive into the adventure of ocean research here in Santa Cruz
a! nd around the world. Visit us and explore the fascinating world of marine science and conservation. The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is a self-supporting part of the University of California, Santa Cruz. At the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, you can visit exhibit halls, aquarium, and touch pools as part of a working marine laboratory. Take tours to the marine mammal research overlook, visit the Ocean Discovery Shop, and delight in unsurpassed vistas of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

 

http://seymourcenter.ucsc.edu/visit/hours-admission/


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate 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
Wildflower and Nature Hike of Waddell Valley
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Come and see what's in bloom
Date: 09/08/2017 at 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free

Wildflower and Nature Hike of Waddell Valley
Friday, August 11 at 10am
Join docent botanist Bryce Stauble and learn to identify many of Waddell Valley’s plants within Rancho del Oso’s seven diverse habitats. Observe the monthly change of the ecosystems. Each walk is unique as blooming flowers and pollinators are constantly in flux! This walk takes a leisurely pace that is great for learning the native habitat we are experiencing. Bring lunch, questions and curiosity! Meet at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center.


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
Phone: (831) 427-2288 •website Davenport create a direct event link
Santa Cruz Greek Festival
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Prophet Elias Greek Church
Come and enjoy this showcase authentic Greek food and pastries, spirits, live music, and dancing.
Date: Every day (Sep 8-Sep 10)
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 223 Church Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

The Santa Cruz Greek Festival has been voted BEST STREET FESTIVAL in Santa Cruz County for many years and is one of the most eagerly anticipated community events. Come and enjoy this showcase authentic Greek food and pastries, spirits, live music, and dancing. Music is provided by The Spartans, with dancing every day and Greek dance groups from the bay area perform throughout the weekend. There will be vendors specializing in well-made ethnic products. At the bar, you can enjoy Greek beer, wine, Ouzo or Metaxa.

 

http://www.livelikeagreek.com/


Location: 223 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-6500 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
History, Nature and Scenic Views: A Tour of the Grey Whale Ran
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State Park Wilder Ranch
History, Nature, and Scenic Views: A Tour of the Grey Whale Ranch Area
Date: 09/09/2017 at 9:00am
Admission Fees: $10 parking fee

History, Nature, and Scenic Views: Backcountry Hike
Saturday, September 9 at 9am
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.

 


Location: 2 miles North of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-0505 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Mole & Mariachi Festival 2017
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Friends of the Santa Cruz State Parks
Competing chefs prepared mole, a traditional Mexican sauce, sometimes made using chocolate, for festival-goers to sample. There
Date: 09/09/2017 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

The fifth annual Mole & Mariachi Festival is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 at Santa Cruz Mission Adobe State Historic Park (144 School St.) in downtown Santa Cruz!

Competing chefs prepared mole, a traditional Mexican sauce, sometimes made using chocolate, for festival-goers to sample. There will be a raffle, live music, dance, activities for kids, craft vendors and more.

The Mole & Mariachi Festival is a benefit for nonprofit Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks in support of Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Your support will help fund educational programs, visitor services, capital improvements and increased hours the park is open to the public.

Learn more online: http://www.thatsmypark.org/events/mole-and-mariachi/


Location: Santa Cruz Mission State Histori, 144 School Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-1840 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Second Saturday on the Farm
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Ag History Project
Join us for demonstrations using antique farm equipment, crafts, farm animals, wooden cow milking, water pumps, learning to driv
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $2/person Kids under 1 are free

Every month we produce a 2nd Saturday on the Farm, a family event that focuses on a particular area of agriculture each month. Visitors can participate in the regular activities of the Ag History Project plus others related to the day's special focus. We host over 2,500 visitors each year at 2nd Saturday on the Farm.

 

We have created some unique interactive educational activities to help you have fun learning about past agricultural practices. What we like to call our "usual" activities include:

  • Wooden cow milking: we have life-size wooden cows with rubber teats that help you learn how to milk a cow.
  • Kid-driven tractor: we retrofitted a John Deere tractor so that anyone can learn to drive it. You sit in the seat and control the steering wheel while a trained volunteer stands on a platform to your right to controls the speed. We even have space for a parent or friend to stand to your left and enjoy the ride.
  • We are currently working on creating a stationary tractor that you can drive down a crop row and the computer screen in front of you displays how well you are handling the tractor.

Location: 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-728-5898 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Ohlone Day
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State Park Henry Cowell
Ohlone people will share their traditional basketry, songs, stories, tools, musical instruments, dance, and their history
Date: 09/09/2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm


(A Aug) OhloneDance.jpgOhlone Day at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

 

Ohlone Day at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm

 
Event features hands-on experiences to relate Ohlone cultural, social, and every-day life

Celebrate the Ohlone People of the past with those of the present. You will see traditional dancers and Ohlone demonstrators will share traditional basketry, songs, stories, tools, musical instruments, language and history. During this family-friendly event, visitors can throw an atlatl, play Ohlone games and find out how rocks cook meals and bay trees cure headaches.

For thousands of years, the native tribes we now collectively call the Ohlone thrived in this abundant region. They had plentiful sources of food and enjoyed a life rich in culture. Descendants of the Ohlone people present this event each year so that visitors make connections to Ohlone culture in a meaningful way.
 
The event takes place in the group picnic area, one of the largest riparian forests along the San Lorenzo River. All activities are free; day-use parking is $10. The main entrance to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is located off of Highway 9 in downtown Felton.

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Tweens and Teens
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Help for parents off tweens
Date: 09/09/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: adults Admission Fees: $20.00

Guide and support your kids through their adolescence by better understanding this stage of their brain of development and their innate need to individuate.

 

Limited scholarships are sometimes available. Childcare 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
Farmworker Family Day
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The Center for Farmworker Families
Help support those who put food on your table everyday
Date: 09/09/2017 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: $50

Farmworker Family Day

popouts1736-Farmworker-Family-Day-new-imageFarmworkers have one of the most arduous jobs, and are often faced with difficult life circumstances.

 

The Center for Farmworker Families supports those who work in the fields, and helps to advocate against environmental racism and pesticides in and around the Pajaro Valley.

 

Help support those who put food on your table everyday.

 

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 6401 Freedom Boulevard, Aptos. farmworkerfamily.org. $50.

 


Location: Unitarian Universalist Fellowshi, 6401 Freedom Boulevard, Aptos Map
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Mole & Mariachi Festival 2017
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State Parks Mission
Mole, a traditional Mexican sauce, sometimes made using chocolate, for festival-goers to sample, a raffle, live music, dance, ac
Date: 09/09/2017 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

The fifth annual Mole & Mariachi Festival is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 at Santa Cruz Mission Adobe State Historic Park (144 School St.) in downtown Santa Cruz!

Competing chefs prepared mole, a traditional Mexican sauce, sometimes made using chocolate, for festival-goers to sample. There will be a raffle, live music, dance, activities for kids, craft vendors and more.

The Mole & Mariachi Festival is a benefit for nonprofit Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks in support of Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Your support will help fund educational programs, visitor services, capital improvements and increased hours the park is open to the public.

Learn more online: http://www.thatsmypark.org/events/mole-and-mariachi/


Location: Santa Cruz Mission State Histori, 144 School Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Dinosaurs in the Redwoods?
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State Park Big Basin
Forests, flowers and...dinosaurs?
Date: 09/09/2017 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Dinosaurs in the Redwoods?
Saturday, September 9 at 1 pm
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
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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Historical Aircraft Display
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Everyone is welcome to show and admire these historical aircraft
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

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

 

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

 

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

 

 For additional information call 768-3575

 


Location: Watsonville Aviation Education C, 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-768-3575 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
PIE Fundraiser Feast in the Field
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Pie Ranch
Pie Ranch, PIE in the face of adversity, farm dinner to support education program, rollicking barn dance in the roadside barn
Date: 09/09/2017 at 3:00pm
Admission Fees: $225, more optons available

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Arrive.  Enjoy a tour, live music and appetizers in the farm field.

 

Relax.  Find a seat among friends at the long table, beautifully set in the late-summer splendor of our blooming meadow, and anticipate the good food about to emerge from the bustling kitchen.

 

Feast.  The Culinary Team from Google will return to work with Pie Ranch to create a multi-course meal featuring the best sustainably-grown produce & protein from Pie Ranch and our neighboring farms, paired with wine from local vineyards.

 

Dance.  Guests will be serenaded into the evening at the Roadside Barn for a traditional Pie Ranch Barn Dance!

Sponsor!  Funds from our Farm Dinner will support our food and farm education programs for youth and adults. Please join our growing list of friends, supporters and partners!

 

Your day at Pie Ranch
3pm Arrive and tour the farm
4pm Drinks, hors d'oeuvres and live music
5:30pm To the table
8:00pm Barn dance


Location: 2080 Cabrillo Highway, Pescadero Map
Phone: (650) 879-0995 •website Davenport create a direct event link
Capitola Art & Wine Festival
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Capitola Chamber
23 Wineries, gourmet food, fine art, entertainment, children's art area. Admission free.
Date: Every day (Sep 9-Sep 10)
Admission Fees: free

35th Annual Capitola Art & Wine Festival

A fun weekend for the whole family! The Capitola Art & Wine Festival combines Art, Wine, Music and Food, all in charming Capitola Village overlooking the Monterey Bay. Summer's last hurrah, and truly a weekend in paradise!

Stroll the Festival and admire the talent of over 160 fine artists while sipping exceptional wines from 22 Santa Cruz Mountain wineries.

 

Visit the Local Artisans Marketplace filled with locally handmade crafts and artisanal foods. The Festival Food Court offers a wide range of tantalizing options from oysters to Hawaiian Poke. The Kids Art & Music Area provides ongoing craft projects for the younger set, as well as musical play featuring MusicalMe. Enjoy fantastic entertainment all weekend, including local dance and performing arts groups, street performers, and live music. There's something for everyone!

 

Wine tasting requires a purchase of 2017 Festival Glass and Tasting Tokens. 2017 Glass: $12. Tokens: $1 each. Wine tasting: 2 - 4 tokens per tasting.

 

Saturday, Sept 9, 10am - 6pm and Sunday, Sept 10, 10am - 5pm


Phone: (831) 475 6522 •website Capitola Villagecreate a direct event link
Grandparents Day Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Take a leisurely walk to Big Basin’s Grandparent Tree
Date: 09/10/2017 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Grandparents Day Walk
Sunday, September 10 at 1 pm
Take a leisurely walk to Big Basin's Grandparent Tree as we celebrate all our Grandparents on this special day. Join Docent Norm Beeson on a walk through ancient redwoods and marvel at their beauty and timelessness. Grandparents, parents and children are all welcome! Meet at Park Headquarters.

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
GROW: Celebrating Five Years and 100,000 Meals with Teen Kitchen
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Everett Family Farm
Celebrate, and support, this great organization with a delicious 3-course family style dinner.
Date: 09/10/2017 from 3:30pm to 7:30pm


GROW: Celebrating Five Years and 100,000 Meals with Teen Kitchen

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Local non-profit, Teen Kitchen Project, celebrates their five year anniversary and the delivery of over 100,000 meals to those in need. Celebrate, and support, this great organization at Everett Family Farm with a delicious 3-course family style dinner.

 

 


Location: 2111 Soquel San Jose Road, Soquel 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
Phone: 831.818-9619 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Invisible / Alienated Grandparent Support Group
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Alienated Grandparents Anonymous
Date: The 2nd Mon of every month from 4:00pm to 5:30pm


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

 

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


Location: Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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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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Tuesday Talks on Emergency Preparedness
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Library Boulder Creek
Get together and stay prepared
Date: Every Tues from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

NEW!TUESDAY TALKS: Emergency Preparedness Get together and stay prepared • 7:00pm - 8:30pm • Boulder Creek


Location: 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
STREET SMARTS FAMILY-FRIENDLY TRAFFIC SAFETY CELEBRATION
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City of Santa Cruz
Celebrate traffic safety with the Street Smarts campaign kickoff event!
Date: 09/13/2017 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Santa Cruz Warriors mascot Mav'Riks, UC Santa Cruz's Sammy the Slug and California Highway Patrol's Chipmunk Chipper will lead young and old in activities that underscore safe rules of the road.

 

15 booths with interactive games, bike valet service, a bike safety obstacle course and one free raffle ticket per person for prizes including Southwest round-trip air tickets, new bikes, free car service, walking shoes, reflective gear and more.


Location: Kaiser Permanente Arena, 140 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-5187 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
One-on-One Tech Tutoring
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Library Aptos
A tech savvy librarian will provide instruction in the use of a wide range of technology services
Date: Every Wed from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

One-on-One Tech Tutoring


Trying to play with technology and getting frustrated? A tech savvy librarian will provide instruction in the use of a wide range of technology services: How to use free downloadable content available from your library in a number of formats (eBooks, eAudiobooks, and streaming video) Introduction to SCPL databases (i.e. Consumer Reports, Community Information, etc...) Creating an email account Downloading and attaching files Word processing direction and support.

 

Drop-in weekly appointments, 20 minute slots available. To best support learning, please bring the following items: devices (i.e., laptops, tablets, and/or smartphones), necessary passwords (Google Play, App Store), and library card!

 

First-come, First-served. FREE

 


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831)427-7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Robo Sumo
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Library Scotts Valley
Try your hand at the not-so-ancient-art of building Sumo wrestling robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS
Date: Every Wed (Sep 13-Jan 10) from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 7 to 18

Robo Sumo

Try your hand at the not-so-ancient-art of building Sumo wrestling robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited to 20. E-mail pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831.427.7717 to register. For ages 7 to 18.

 

This is a twelve week series. NOT A DROP-IN PROGRAM. Registration begins August 1st 2017.


Location: Scotts Valley Library, 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 831.427.7717 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
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
Santa Cruz County Fair
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Santa Cruz County Fair
“Cows, Plows and Oh Wows!” Don't miss the fun.
Date: Every day (Sep 13-Sep 17)
Ages: All Admission Fees: $5-$10
Special Instructions: parking $5/car

A week of fun at the Santa Cruz County Fair


Get ready for pig racing, frisbee dogs, bands, art, wine. poetry, gardening, garlic fries, concerts, carnival rides and livestock exhibits. 400-pound pumpkins, and more!

Getting Around - Download & print a fairgrounds map by clicking here

Avoid the Lines!
Get your tickets early.

Tickets

 

Daily Admission

Adults 13 to 61 $12.00
Children 6 to 12 $6.00
Under 6 Free
Seniors 62 and better $11.00
Parking $5.00 per vehicle

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Fair Hours:

Wednesday - Friday Noon to 11:00PM
Saturday 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

 

2017 Entertainment  All Shows Start at 7:30pm


Location: 2601 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831)724-5671 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Code Combat
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Learn basic coding skills easily
Date: Every Wed (Sep 13-Dec 14) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

SCPL's CodeCombat Coding Club is a once weekly meetup where we use online, game-based coding to learn Python and JavaScript. CodeCombat is a real game that teaches learners of all ages to code by playing through levels and quickly mastering programming concepts. It's not just gamification with bells and whistles, it's democratizing learning to code by making the process more accessible and engaging than ever before! Learners write code, execute it and see their changes in real-time!


Additional Information

CodeCombat is a platform for students to learn computer science while playing through a real game. Our courses have been specifically playtested to excel in the classroom, even for teachers with little to no prior programming experience.

 

 


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7707x7648 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Code Combat Club
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Learn basic coding skills easily
Date: Every Wed (Sep 13-Dec 13) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm


SCPL's CodeCombat Coding Club is a once weekly meetup where we use online, game-based coding to learn Python and JavaScript. CodeCombat is a real game that teaches learners of all ages to code by playing through levels and quickly mastering programming concepts. It's not just gamification with bells and whistles, it's democratizing learning to code by making the process more accessible and engaging than ever before! Learners write code, execute it and see their changes in real-time!


Additional Information

CodeCombat is a platform for students to learn computer science while playing through a real game. Our courses have been specifically playtested to excel in the classroom, even for teachers with little to no prior programming experience.

 

 


Location: Scotts Valley Library, 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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'Best of Broadway'
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Santa Cruz Follies
Dubbed the "Best Kept Secret in Santa Cruz," the Follies features some of the most talented 50-plus performers in town.
Date: Every day (Sep 13-Sep 16)
Admission Fees: $20

Santa Cruz Follies 'Best of Broadway'

popouts1736-art-seenHow many Broadway shows have you been to? The answer is: not enough. However, the Santa Cruz Follies is putting on a show of scenes from eight different Broadway plays, including Annie and 42nd Street. Dubbed the "Best Kept Secret in Santa Cruz," the Follies features some of the most talented 50-plus performers in town.

 

Wednesday 9/13-Saturday 9/16. 

Adult: $22 ($26.50 with service charge)*
Senior 50+: $20.00 ($24.50 with service charge)*
Children 10 & under: $5 ($7.50 with service charge)*
 *No service charge on tickets purchased at the event or through the Market Street Senior Center: (831) 423-6640.
 
Call (831) 423-6640 to make arrangements for Groups of 10+.  Photo ID is required to claim Will Call tickets. No refunds.

Wheelchair accessible seating available on the Floor. Please review General Event Policies for exclusions.


Location: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St., Santa Cruz Map
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A Trek Through Time
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State Park Butano
Starting in Butano State Park, this 3 night, 4 day trip explores relatively unknown portions of the backcountry in the Santa Cru
Date: Every day (Sep 14-Sep 17) from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: $300

A Trek Through Time

Butano State Park to Big Basin Redwoods State Park to Waddell State Beach

Thursday, September 14 at 9am through Sunday, September 17 about 3pm

Cost: $300

Starting in Butano State Park, this 3 night, 4 day trip explores relatively unknown portions of the backcountry in the Santa Cruz Mountains before touring the iconic, must see spots of Big Basin accompanied by California State Park Naturalists. Adventurers will travel through chaparral-covered ridgelines, moss-lined waterfalls and lush old-growth redwood groves.  An extra night at Sunset Trail Camp with a strenuous day hike to Mount McAbee rewards you with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean.

 

For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/backpacking, or email Backpacking@parks.ca.gov, or call (831) 335-1743. California State Parks Backpacking is made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, Mountain Parks Foundation, Sempervirens Fund, Portola and Castle Rock Foundation, and Waddell Creek Association.

 

www.parks.ca.gov/backpacking | Email: Backpacking@parks.ca.gov | Phone: (831) 335-1743


Location: 1500 Cloverdale Rd, Pescadero Map
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Step Parents Support Group
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Live Oak Family Resource Center
Drop-in support group for anyone in the step-parenting role.
Date: The 2nd Th of every month at 6:30pm


Step Parents Support Group 6:30pm. Join us on the second Thursday of each month for a free, drop-in support group for anyone in the step-parenting role. We meet at Live Oak Family Resource Center. Contact mailto: 1notsoevilstepmom@gmail.com for more information


Location: 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 476-2769 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Trivia on Tap
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Library Central & Scotts Valley
Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize.
Date: The 1st Th of every month from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Trivia on Tap
Join Santa Cruz Public Libraries as we host a bimonthly trivia night at Steel Bonnet Brewing Company in Scotts Valley. Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize. Event occurs 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month.
Note: Special Theme: Film and Television
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Location: Steel Bonnet Brewing Company , 20 Victor Square, Scotts Valley Map
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FOOD FOR LIFE
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Library Central
Brain Food for Healthy Aging
Date: 09/14/2017 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


(0 Sept 2017) Book_Barnard_BrainFood.jpgDr. Barnard's Brain Food for HEALTHY AGING

Enjoy a cutting-edge Nutrition and Health Presentation offered by Sandi Rechenmacher, local nutritional consultant, whole foods plant-based chef, and PCRM Food for Life Instructor. She will share Dr. Neal Barnard's age-defying strategies as explained in his best-selling book, Power Foods for the Brain.

 

Don't think that your genes dictate your destiny. On the contrary, Barnard's 'lifestyle basics' will turn up your alertness, boost energy levels, and dial in your best immune support in an era of toxic pollutants, harmful foods, and sedentary living. And... it's simple, easy, effective, and delicious! Sandi will share a Blue Zone treat with all attendees. You'll be glad that you brought a friend and shared this event!

 


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Skypark Music Festival
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Scotts Valley Kiwanis
Free music in the park -supports music in schools
Date: 09/14/2017 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 July 2017) ScottsValley_MusicSkyPark.jpgSkypark Music Festival 2:30-6:00 pm, FREE, all proceeds go to music programs at local schools, food and drinks available

 

July Music at Skypark 7/30  The House Rockers and the Johnny Neri Band

 

August Music at Skypark 8/27 The Coffis Brothers, Los High Tops with Chantilly Lace Vincent

 

September Music at Skypark 9/24  Extra Large and the Joint Chiefs

 

All profits from the concessions will be donated to the Music Programs of the schools.

 

For more information call Joe Miller at 831-438-4506 or email svjoem@comcast.net.


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Dr.Barnard's Brain Food for HEALTHY AGING
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Library Central
A Protection Plan for your Mind and a means of Strengthening Memory, adding years to your life and LIFE to your years!
Date: 09/14/2017 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


(0 Aug 2017) Book_PowerFoods.jpgA Protection Plan for your Mind and a means of Strengthening Memory, adding years to your life and LIFE to your years!

Enjoy a cutting-edge Nutrition and Health Presentation offered by Sandi Rechenmacher, local nutritional consultant, whole foods plant-based chef, and PCRM Food for Life Instructor. She will share Dr. Neal Barnard's age-defying strategies as explained in his best-selling book, Power Foods for the Brain. Don't think that your genes dictate your destiny. On the contrary, Barnard's 'lifestyle basics' will turn up your alertness, boost energy levels, and dial in your best immune support in an era of toxic pollutants, harmful foods, and sedentary living. And... it's simple, easy, effective, and delicious! Sandi will share a Blue Zone treat with all attendees. You'll be glad that you brought a friend and shared this event!

"Choose what you chew" and experience Quality living.

PCRM [www.pcrm.org] (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) a nonprofit organization advancing chronic disease prevention & survival through nutrition education and research since 1985. PCRM combines the clout and expertise of more than 12,000 physicians with the dedicated actions of 150,000 members across the United States and around the world.


Location: Downtown Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 210-6551 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Three Special Bands
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Food Trucks A Go Go
Delicious food and fun music showcasing three local bands: Analogue Spirit, Crispy Bits and Generation Hopeless to benefit music
Date: 09/15/2017 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm


SCOTTS VALLEY FOOD TRUCK EVENT Featuring Local Bands from Grammy Award-Winning ROP Celebrating National Arts In Education Week

Food Truck Friday returns to Skypark in Scotts Valley on Friday, September 15, 5-8pm, showcasing three local bands: Analogue Spirit, Crispy Bits and Generation Hopeless. These young professionals have all graduated from the ROP (Regional Occupational Program) at Scotts Valley High School and the performances tie into National Arts In Education Week, September 10-16, a national celebration recognizing the transformative power of the arts in education.


     A Beer and Wine Garden sponsored by the Scotts Valley Educational Foundation (SVEF) will feature a local, Santa Cruz craft brewery which is a fundraiser for the organization that supports Scotts Valley's four public schools.


     The food vendors include: Lindsey's Palate Pleasures, G's Mexican Tacos, Holopono, Drunk Monkey's, The Choke Coach and Aunt LaLi's. For more information, follow @foodtrucksagogo on social media and go to their website: foodtrucksagogo.com.


     There is plenty of open space for families to spread out and enjoy the evening, plenty of picnic tables plus people are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets. The young professionals from these bands have all graduated from Beth Hollenbeck's Grammy & NAMM Award-Winning ROP: Regional Occupational Program. In addition, Hollenbeck teaches music at both Scotts Valley Middle School and Scotts Valley High School. The ROP is a career tech education class structured to prepare students for college and career pathways in music, introducing the students to audio engineering, producing and mixing, music law, running a record label, song writing and film composing. Students discover where their interests lie from this class and can better select a college, based on where they want to focus their career.


     For more information about the ROP program: https://svhsmusicdept.wordpress.com.
     For more information about National Arts In Education Week: http://bit.ly/2gx4BMf.


     The next Food Trucks A Go Go food truck events:

  • Taco Tuesday: every Tuesday at Anna Jean Cummings Park, Soquel
  • Friday, September 29: San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz

Phone: 831.247.1236 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Monterey Jazz Festival
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Monterey Jazz Festival
Jazz Festival for jazz afficionados, 500 Artists on 8 Stages for 3 Nights and 2 Days!
Date: Every day (Sep 15-Sep 17)
Admission Fees: $45 and up

The Monterey Jazz Festival isn't just an event, it's a renowned historical experience.

Following a rich history of jazz and originating with some of the great jazz legends from Louis Armstrong to John Coltrane, celebrate the particularly spectacular 60th anniversary of the festival surrounded by jazz-fanatics. This year, featuring more than 500 artists-including names like Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Common, and Angelique Kidjo-it's sure to be one for the books.

 


Location: Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2000 Fairgrounds Rd, Monterey Map
Phone: 831.373.3366 •website Monterey create a direct event link
Old-Time Family Barn Dance
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Live Oak Grange
Fun dances accessible to all comers. Live acoustic string music. All dances taught and prompted.
Date: The 3rd Fri of every month at 6:30pm
Admission Fees: $10 per person $15 for two people $20 per family
Special Instructions: AUGUST DANCE CANCELLED

Yee Haw! and Do Si Do!

 

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


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



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

 

AUGUST DANCE CANCELLED, SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER!


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure
Date: Every 2 weeks on Sa (Sep 16-Sep 30) from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10
Special Instructions: 9/2, 23, 30

Redwood Tours                                                                                    
Saturday, September 2 at 11am and 2pm
Saturday, September 23 at 11am and 2pm
Saturday, September 30 at 11am and 2pm
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 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 Redwoods State Park located off Highway 9 in Felton.

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
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State Park Henry Cowell
Learn how to make a basket with local pine needles!
Date: Every 2 weeks on Sa (Sep 16-Sep 30) from 10:00am to 12:00pm


Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
Saturday, September 16 from 10am to noon
Saturday, September 30 from 10am to noon
Join Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Docent Cheryle VanDeVeer or a fun, free, family workshop learning how to make a basket from local pine needles. Meet at the Visitor Center in the day-use area, located off Highway 9 in Felton. No experience necessary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
Phone: 831-335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Coastal Trail Walk
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Suicide Prevention Service of the Central Coast
Suicide Prevention, Walk
Date: 09/16/2017 from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All

Suicide Prevention Service is proud to announce our 11th Annual Coastal Trail Walk on
Saturday, September 16, 2017!

The annual Coastal Trail Walk offers community members a chance to join together in a celebration of life, in remembrance of loved ones, and in support of the services of Suicide Prevention. The walk begins at Window on the Bay Park in Monterey and continues on to just past the Monterey Bay Aquarium, then returns to the Park for announcements and prizes.

The event follows the commemoration of World Suicide Prevention Day and is a family-friendly event. If you have kids, pets, friends, neighbors-bring them all!

Schedule
9 am-Registration begins*
10 am-Walk begins promptly
11:45 am-Acknowledgements/Raffle prize giveaway

*Online registration ends Friday, September 15, at 5:00 pm.
Event day walk-up registration: cash or check only, please.


Location: Monterey Bay Kayaks - Parking, 701 Del Monte Ave, Monterey Map
Phone: (831) 459-9373 •website Monterey create a direct event link
Nature's Reading Room
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State Park Big Basin
Come sit under our ancient family circle of redwoods, nature's reading room, and choose a book or two to read with your family
Date: 09/16/2017 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $15 for campers/$25 non-campers

Nature's Reading Room
Saturday, September 16 from 1:30-3 pm
Come sit in our beautiful campfire center, under ancient redwoods-nature's reading room-and choose a book or two to read with your family. Drop by anytime between 1:30-3:00 and Docent Norm Beeson will help you find the perfect book for your family to enjoy. Nature's Reading Room is at our campfire center, across from Park Headquarters.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.338.8018 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Thriller Dance Classes!
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City of Santa Cruz
Classes on Saturdays so you can Dance the Thriller on Halloween
Date: Every day (Sep 16-Oct 21) at 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free

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Get your zombie make up ready! FREE Thriller dance classes at the Louden Nelson Community Center begin Saturday Sept 16 at 10:00 am.

 

Drop in!

 

 

BIG THRILLER DANCE EVENT OCT. 28

 


Location: Louden Nelson Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Life on the Ranch: Family Living History Day
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: 09/16/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Weekends from 11:00am-3:00pm, tours of the ranch houses at 1:00pm

Life on the Ranch: Family Living History Day
Saturday September 16, 11 am to 3 pm
Saturday November 11, 11 am to 3 pm
Wilder Ranch State Park invites you to experience old-time activities from its rancho, dairy farm, and cowboy rodeo days. Hands-on activities and living history presentations vary each month and may include: butter churning, ice cream making, branding, cooking, roping skills, wagon rides, and demonstrations in the ranch buildings. Come for a picnic on the lawn and follow it up with a game of tug of war, sack races, hoops, stilts, and Wilder Ranch's famous old-fashioned bubbles! This event is appropriate for all ages.


Location: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-0505 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Friends' 4th Edition Gala
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Friends of Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Date: Every day (Sep 16-Oct 21) at 10:00am


Are you brave enough to join Carol P. of Santa Cruz at the Friends' 4th Edition Gala? She's bringing some of the world's scary creatures with Penny Clarke.

Share with your Friends some wild stories at this year's Gala! Reserve your space here: http://fscpl.org/2017-friends-gala/

 


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Children's Car Seat Fitting Station
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Dignity Health Dominican Hospital
free car seat and booster seat fitting
Date: 09/16/2017 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: Reservations accepted

Children's Car Seat Fitting Station @ Dignity Health Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz

Dominican Hospital and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford are offering a free car seat and booster seat fitting station event for the community!

 

 

Certified technicians will offer the following assistance:

  • Ensure the ear seat has not been recalled by the manufacturer.
  • Demonstrate how to Install and use the car seat.
  • Instruct how to correctly place child in the car seat.
  • Offer tips on choosing the correct car seat based on a child's age, height, and weight.

Space is limited. Offered by appointment - call Jennifer Blanke at 831-462-7266 Reservations accepted

 

 


Location: Main Parking Lot, 1555 Soquel Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-462-7266 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Painting Workshop: California Landscape
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Palace Art & Office Supply
We're super excited to be hosting a very special one-day art workshop featuring Toaa Dallo
Date: 09/16/2017 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: $65

(0 Sept 2017) Palace_CALandscape.jpgAmerican Impressionists loved the California landscape. Our subject for this painting workshop is Edgar Payne's gorgeous "Eucalyptus Grove" (1908). It's a great lesson in dynamic use of color and creative brushwork, and you'll finish the day with a beautiful painting.

Toaa Dallo will guide you with step-by-step instructions, making this workshop ideal for beginners and anyone who loves to create art. The cost is just $65 and includes all the materials, canvas, and paints.

This workshop is brought to you in partnership with Gamblin Oil Colors.

Reserve your space today. Call/Text Toaa at (831) 332-9532, or email him at toaadallo@sbcglobal.net.

 

Toaa Dallo has been painting since early childhood. Working primarily in oil on canvas and pencil on paper, Toaa has pursued portraiture as a specialty throughout his art career. In addition, he has developed a unique body of work called Mindscapes-fanciful landscapes that occupy the intersection between classical technique and modern imagination, combining traditional styles of painting with the fun and spectacle of science fiction and fantasy.

 

Visit www.dallogallery.com to see some of Toaa's work.


Location: 1501 41st Ave, Capitola Map
Phone: (831) 464-2700 •website Capitola create a direct event link
Annual Beach Cleanup
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Save Our Shores
You're needed this September for the world's largest volunteer effort for the ocean.
Date: 09/16/2017 from 9:00am to 12:00pm


You're needed this September for the world's largest volunteer effort for the ocean. Every year, 1/2 million volunteers remove 18+ million of pounds of trash from beaches across the globe. Here along California's Central Coast, Save Our Shores is organizes 85 beach, river and inland cleanup sites. The success of Coastal Cleanup Day is determined by you! The more helping hands, the more pollution we can prevent from entering our beautiful ocean and endangering marine wildlife.

 

Last year, our community of 3,148 volunteers managed to remove 10.5 tons of pollution from our shores. That's equivalent to 6,985 black-backed seagulls!

 

 


Location: Local Beaches, Santa Cruz County Map
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Story Time Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Bring the whole family and join us for a walking story time!
Date: 09/16/2017 from 1:00pm to 1:30pm


Story Time Walk
Saturday, September 16 from 1-1:30 pm
Bring the whole family and join us for a walking story time! Starting at Park Headquarters, we'll walk through ancient redwoods while reading a story about an animal, forest, bird, insect-who knows? We'll stop and read one page, walk a bit then read the next page until we finish the story. We'll end up at the historic campfire circle and gather for Nature's Reading Room, where you can choose from a wide variety of books about trees, animals, birds, bugs and more for the whole family to read together. Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Maker Showcase Santa Cruz
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Idea Fab Labs Santa Cruz
Explore what Santa Cruz makes at the first annual IFL Maker Showcase!
Date: 09/16/2017 from 11:00am to 4:00pm


(0 Aug 2017) MakerShowcase.jpgExplore what Santa Cruz makes at the first annual IFL Maker Showcase! This event aims to highlight innovation and experimentation across a variety of creative realms and to celebrate what makers do - what they make, how they make it, and the enthusiasm and passion that drives them.

 

Enjoy a full gallery of community submitted art, various exposés, demonstrations, and take something home from one of many craft vending booths!

 

This event is family-friendly and free to attendees!

 

Want to participate? Makers can submit any kind of self-made art piece, exposé, or vending booth:

 

Make a submission.

 


Location: (Wrigley Building), 2879 Mission St Extension, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-508-8550 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Basic Bicycle Maintenance Class
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The Spokesman
Learn how to fix your flat tire!
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00am
Ages: Free

Spokesman Bicycles Free Maintenance Class

3rd Saturday of every month, 10AM

Spokesman Bicycles, Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz, CA

http://www.spokesmanbicycles.com/events

 


Location: Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Join the Monarch Butterfly University!
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State Park Natural Bridges
Learn to interpret the park, lead tours, host the visitor center and monarch butterfly grove, maintain the butterfly garden and
Date: Every Sa (Sep 16-Oct 14)

Special Instructions: Located at the end of West Cliff Drive

Volunteer Training - Natural Bridges State Beach

Starts Saturday September 16

Wednesday evening and half-days on Saturdays, through Saturday October 14

Do you enjoy nature and being outdoors? Do you feel a strong sense of giving to the community, promoting conservation and stewardship, and sharing knowledge with others? You can join our team of dedicated docent's at Natural Bridges and help connect park visitors to the natural and cultural resources. You will learn to interpret the park, lead tours, host the visitor center and monarch butterfly grove, maintain the butterfly garden and landscape, and more. For more information, please contact (831) 423-4609 or email NaturalBridgesStateBeach@gmail.com.

 


Location: 2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-4609 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Ancestor Library Edition
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Library Garfield Park
Mike Epperson helps with this tool, Ancestor Library Edition
Date: 09/16/2017 at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Free

Learn how to get the most out of this useful and popular tool. Mike Epperson, GSSCC Member, presents. Participants are encouraged to bring laptops or tablets. Pre-registration is requested. Walk-ins welcome.

Call 831-427-7717 or email pro@santacruzpl.org


Location: Garfield Park Library, 705 Woodrow Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Redwood Wind Quintet
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Library Capitola
Date: 09/16/2017 from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

 

Redwood Wind Quintet (11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
Location: Capitola Branch

Join us for a lively selection of music that will appeal to people of all ages.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Location: 420 Capitola Ave, Capitola Map
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Book Sale at Aptos Library
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Library Aptos
Support your libraries by coming to the Aptos Book Sale and finding new life-changing books
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: 6yrs & up Admission Fees: Free

Monthly Book Sale @ Aptos Branch: 3rd Saturday of every month, 11 AM - 3 PM

Come browse a wide ranging collection from fiction to children's books, audio books to CD's. Our non-fiction covers subjects from A-Z: cookbooks, gardening, health & well-being, poetry, and travel among a myriad of other subject areas. Join us on Saturdays in the Aptos Library meeting room as the Aptos Chapter of the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries (Aptos FSCPL) hosts monthly book sales throughout the year (January-July and September-October). The books and media sold are selected from library donations.

 


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831)427-7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
SPIN Family Support Meeting
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SPIN
All Disabilities Parent Support Group
Date: The 3rd Su of every month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Special Parents Information Network, SPIN

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

 

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

 

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

Child care will not be provided at these meetings.


See you soon! Nancy Winans, SPIN Mentor Program Coordinator

 

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


Location: Sutter Maternity and Surgery Cen, 2900 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.423-7713 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Free Music Together Preview Classes!
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MusicalMe, Inc.
The Joy of Family Music
Date: Every day (Sep 17-Oct 14) from 10:00am to 11:00am
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 September 17-October 14: 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 - Marina - Monterrey

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
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Location: Various Santa Cruz County Locati, 239 High St, 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
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DROP IN FAMILY CRAFT- Papel Picado
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State Park Mission
Enjoy papel picado, a decorative craft made out of paper cut into beautiful and elaborate designs
Date: 09/17/2017 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza

Drop In Family Craft - Papel Picado at the Santa Cruz Mission
Sunday, September 17 from 1pm to 3:30pm
Enjoy an informal afternoon at this hidden jewel near downtown Santa Cruz. Make your own colorful cutout paper flags influenced by the traditions of Mexico. Event is free; rain or shine.

 


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 425-5849 •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
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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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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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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Brown Bag Biz Lunches
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Library Central
Monthly Meetings: Ebay for Beginners I & II, LinkedIn to Grow Sales
Date: The 2nd Wed of every month (Sep 13-Nov 8) at 6:30pm
Ages: teens - Adults Admission Fees: Free

2017 Small Business Brown Bag Seminar Series

The Small Business Brown Bag Series is a collection of free, hour-long workshops designed to support small businesses. Bring your lunch and join us in the upstairs meeting room at the Downtown Branch Library for these great seminars.

 

Download a printable flyer for the 2017 Small Business Brown Bag Series.

Upcoming Small Business Workshops - Register Now!

Click the "Register" link for the workshop you would like to attend. You must register for each workshop separately.

  • eBay for Beginners, Presented by Barbara Mason, eBay Power Seller
    Wednesday, September 13 (12:00 PM-1:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Register!
  • eBay Part II, Presented by Barbara Mason, eBay Power Seller
    Wednesday, October 11 (12:00 PM-1:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Register!
  • Using linkedIn to Grow Sales, Presented by Dianthe Harris Skurko, Social Media Consultant
    Wednesday, November 8 (12:00 PM-1:00 PM)
    Location: Downtown Branch
    Register

Location: Downtown Branch, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Santa Cruz ADHD Support Group
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SPIN, Special Parents Information
We provide information, resources, and support about ADHD in a safe environment where everyone can feel understood.
Date: The 2nd Wed of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm


Santa Cruz ADHD Support Group (C.H.A.D.D.)
The Parents of Children with ADHD Support Group meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Adults with ADHD meet every 4th Wednesday) from 6:30-8pm.

 

We provide information, resources, and support about ADHD in a safe environment where everyone can feel understood. For more information contact Judy Brenis, jbbrenis@comcast.net , call 831-818-9619 or visit our website: http://www.chadd.net/436.


Location: Aptos Fire Station, 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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All Disabilities Parent Support Group
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'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
Phone: 831.423-7713 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
"9 to 5" MUSICAL
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Mountain Community Theater
Date: Every day (Sep 22-Oct 21)
Admission Fees: $25
Special Instructions: Community Afternoon is Sunday, November 29. Tickets are 2 for $20.

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Mountain Community Theater is proud to present 9 TO 5, THE MUSICAL, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick. 9 TO 5, THE MUSICAL is directed by Daria E. Troxell, with music direction by Nicki Kerns and choreography by Whitney James-Heskett.

 

The production opens at Ben Lomond's historic Park Hall on Friday, September 22, and continues on weekends through Saturday, October 21.

 

Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 2:00 p.m. on October 1, 8, and 15.

 

General Admission tickets are $25.00; student and senior tickets are $20.00. There will be a champagne reception after the show on opening night. "Ladies' Night" is Thursday, September 28 at 8:00 p.m., with two tickets for $22.00. There will also be a special "Talk Back with the Cast and Director" after the Sunday matinee on October 1. Tickets are available at http://mct9to5.brownpapertickets.com/

 

Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture, and set in 1979, this musical comedy of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic. Pushed to the boiling point, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical and bigoted boss, Franklin Hart, Jr. In a turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee manage to kidnap Hart and trap him in his own house, while assuming control of his department. The women work together to help improve both their personal and professional situations. But just how long can they keep him tied up?

 

This show is rated PG-13. Some content may not be appropriate for young children. The show is directed by MCT veteran Daria E. Troxell, with music direction by Nicki Kerns and choreography by Whitney James-Heskett. More information regarding the creative staff is available at: https://mctshows.org/press-release/

 

The cast features MCT favorites as well as new faces that we are proud to present to MCT audiences for the first time: MarNae Taylor (Violet Newstead), Sandi Lewandowski (Judy Bernly), Morgan Peters (Doralee Rhodes), W. Scott Whisler (Franklin Hart, Jr.), Sarah Marsh (Roz Keith), Maxwell Björk (Josh), Benjamin Canant (Joe), Bobby Gerbode (Dwayne), Phillip Heskett (Dick), Mary Ann LoBalbo (Missy Hart), Shannon Marie Kerr (Kathy), Amanda Payne (Maria), Jennie Edwards (Margaret), Jackson Wolffe (Tinsworthy), and ensemble members Kate Cunningham, Dave Halper, Mary Hanrahan, Scott Kravitz, Hayley Mears, Sally Munro, Alexie Sadri and Cassandra Stipes.

 

Mountain Community Theater (MCT) is the longest-running community theater in Santa Cruz County, started in 1982 by a collective of actors. MCT is a member-run non-profit organization that relies on support from its performances, season subscribers, and royalties from its own company-created script, "Miracle on 34th Street, the Play." For more about MCT and its "Miracle," visit https://mctshows.org/our-miracle/.

 


Location: Park Hall, 9400 Mill St., Ben Lomond Map
Phone: 831.336.4777 •website Ben Lomond create a direct event link
Hands on History: An Immigration Story with Joaquín Barreto
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A very personal narrative on immigration, overcoming cultural shock and assimilating into the U.S.
Date: 09/22/2017 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm


Hands on History: An Immigration Story with Joaquín Barreto

Joaquín Barreto, author of El Otro Lado (The Other Side) An Immigration Story, will play some live music and invite you to share your immigration story and experience. Joaquin will speak about assimilation, discrimination, living in the US with a label of “illegal alien” and the consequences of that.

 


About the book and author: El Otro Lado is a very personal narrative on immigration, overcoming cultural shock and assimilating into the U.S. Through music and stories, the author takes you through various stages of transition, from country to country, from childhood to young adulthood and more.

 

The descriptions of the rural Mexico are felt by the reader, the scenes, the scents, the traditions and culture that seem to evaporate as new traditions are adopted with the false assumption of becoming more American.


Location: Garden Room, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-1964 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Friday Night Live: Rivervale
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Enjoy live music every Friday Night in Abbott Square.
Date: Every Fri (Sep 22-Nov 25) from 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Special Instructions: Evergreen Street near Harvey West Park

Friday Night Live: Rivervale

Enjoy live music every Friday Night in Abbott Square. This week: Rivervale Rivervale is a fun, eclectic group of Santa Cruz and Soquel friends formed to play Jug Band, Old Timey, Country Blues, Originals and String Jazz. With guitars, mandolins and vocals, sterling harmonies and original tunes, plus intricate and beautiful guitar leads on acoustic jazz guitar and tube driven Telecaster, backed by upright bass, you're sure to get moving and grooving to this lively crew.   This program was...

 


Location: Abbott Square, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-1964 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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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Pumpkin Patch, You Pick Pumpkins
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Rodoni Farms
Great local place to pick your pumpkin right from the field and have fun in the corn maze!
Date: Every day (Sep 22-Oct 31)

Special Instructions: 4 miles North of Santa Cruz, California on Hwy. 1

Pumpkins are HERE!!

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Pumpkins and fun are what it's all about! Come roam through the fields of pumpkins. There are so many varieties to choose from! We have hay bales, scary cutouts, and a 5 acre corn maze! We also have fresh Brussels sprouts on the stalk, artichokes, corn stalks, and gourds.
**Pumpkins are priced by size, not weight.

 

Choosing your pumpkin:
There are two methods of choosing your pumpkin to carve. The first way is my favorite. As you stroll through the pumpkin patch a certain individual pumpkin will jump out at you! That's the ONE! The other method is to have a pattern or face in mind and look for a pumpkin that will work with your design. Usually a large stem makes a nice addition to the pumpkin.
Remember!. The more unusual the better!

 

  • Bring your camera! There are many fun photo spots!
  • Come spend the day by the California coastline and hand pick your Halloween pumpkin!
  • We are open every daily, 9 AM - 6 PM from October 1st through Halloween. After Halloween we will remain open on the honor system until Christmas.
  • We are dog friendly. We kindly ask that you keep them on a leash at all times and pick-up after them, if need be.
  • CASH OR CHECK ONLY PLEASE.

To schedule Pumpkin Patch field trips click here


Directions:
Our Pumpkin Patch, U Pick Em Pumpkins, is located at 4444 Coast Rd. (Hwy 1)

4 miles North of Santa Cruz, California on Hwy. 1. Take Mission Street through the center of town and continue on to Hwy. 1 towards San Francisco/ Halfmoon Bay. We are on the right side just after Dimeo Lane.


Location: 4444 Coast Rd. , Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831)426-6438 •website Davenport create a direct event link
Boardwalk Fall Campout
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Beach Boardwalk
Bringing Community, Family and Friends Together in the Fight Against Cancer. Live. Laugh. Celebrate. Believe.
Date: Every day (Sep 22-Sep 23)

Special Instructions: Friday, September 22 - Saturday, September 23, 2017

Boardwalk Fall Campout,Benefiting the American Cancer Society

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A special fundraising event sponsored by the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Includes:

  • Camping Under the Stars on the Boardwalk
  • Dinner & Breakfast
  • Evening Program
  • Friday Night Carousel Ride Exclusive
  • All-Day Rides Wristband
  • Movie on the Beach
  • Free Play in the Casino Arcade
  • Sand Castle Contest
  • Validated Parking
  • $10 of each registration goes directly to the American Cancer Society

Early Registration: $74.95 per person,
deadline August 20, 2017.

Standard Registration: $89.95 per person,
deadline September 20, 2017, or until full.

$74.95 per person (tax included)

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Event T-shirt available with registration for an additional charge.
Deadline to order is September 8, 2017.

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Planning Guide

Donate to the American Cancer Society Northern California Coast Region or Sign Up for Relay for Life.
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Location: Main Beach, 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
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UCSC Recreation
Ignite your passion for adventure, action & travel!
Date: 09/22/2017 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Admission Fees: $18-$20

Banff Mountain Film Festival Radical Reels Tour

Huck-it! Drop-it! Get stoked for this year's presentation of the most outrageous films from the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival and beyond. Bike tough trails, paddle wild waters, ski steep slopes and fly close to the edge. The Radical Reels Tour runs every spring & fall and spans North America, bringing a variety of mountain sport films to a wide range of viewers from hard-core outdoor adventurers to weekend warriors.

 

Grab your tickets and hang on to your seat for the best jaw-dropping mountain sport films on skiing, boarding, climbing, biking, kayaking and more - all brought to life on the big screen. This stop on the RADICAL REELS Tour is hosted by the Rio Theatre.

 

For list of films on tour visit www.banffcentre.ca Locally sponsored by Dream Inn & Aquarius

 


Location: Rio, Soquel Av, Santa Cruz Map
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Seed Saving
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UC Master Gardeners
Learn why and how to save seeds
Date: 09/23/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: free

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Why save seeds? Learn from UC Master Gardener Carole King how you can help protect the diversity of the vegetables we eat and develop plants that thrive in your yard. Learn the different ways to protect the viability of the seeds you are saving. FREE class offered by UC Master Gardeners of Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.

 

Contact: Tina Heitzman, tina.heitzman@gmail.com


Location: Watsonville Demonstration Garden, 1430 Freedom Boulevard, Watsonville Map
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Julia Robinson Math Festival
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X Academy
Explore the joys and power of mathematics with other kids and older mentors
Date: 09/23/2017 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: Open to kids grades 5-8
Special Instructions: Note times carefully

Julia Robinson Math Festival

Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals inspire students to explore the richness and beauty of mathematics through activities that encourage collaborative, creative problem-solving.

 

A comfortable familiarity with mathematical concepts enriches an individual's experiences in the world just as the ability to read opens the mind to unlimited possibilities.

 

JRMF's vision is to inspire a life-long curiosity for mathematics by instilling a genuine interest in creative problem-solving from an early age. The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals allow young people to develop their talent for mathematics by providing problems, puzzles, and activities that are intriguing and accessible. Our focus is on creating a collaborative, non-competitive atmosphere to explore the joys and power of mathematics. JRMF aspires to reach a diverse audience with the goal of broadening society's appreciation and support of mathematics.

 

We believe that developing students' interest in mathematics and enjoyment of problem solving will broaden their outlook and enhance their contributions to society, whatever their chosen career path.

The Festival introduces kids to the beauty of mathematics by providing interesting, inspiring, engaging, thought-provoking problems.

 

5th - 8th graders are invited to experience the beauty of mathematics through hands-on, collaborative activities designed to hone problem-solving skills and have fun!


2 Sessions Choices:
Session 1: 10 am -12 noon
Session 2 :1 pm - 3 pm

Register online today!


Location: Horticltural Building, 6500 Soquel, Aptos Map
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Family Discovery Walk
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State Park Big Basin
We'll discover what surprises the day offers on this easy, one-mile round trip walk
Date: 09/23/2017 at 1:00pm


Family Discovery Walk
Saturday, September 23 at 1 pm
Join Docent Norm Beeson for a fun-filled family walk and investigate the mysteries and wonders of Big Basin's redwood forest! We'll discover what surprises the day offers on this easy, one-mile roundtrip walk that lasts about 1.5 hours. Bring water, a snack and an adventurous spirit! Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Garden Plant Exchange
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Live Oak Grange
Bring anything from your garden to trade with like minded gardeners
Date: The 4th Sa of every month from 8:00am to 9:00am
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Fundraiser for grange

The Grange Garden Exchange

 

(0 July 2017) GrangeGardenPhotowSquash.jpgGardeners are encouraged to bring anything from their garden to trade with like minded gardeners. Possibilities include volunteers, cuttings, bulbs, seeds, specimen plants as well as gardening related tools, books and pots. You need not bring anything in order to take something. For more information or questions please contact gardencruzer@gmail.com Tell and bring your friends!

 

The Grange Garden Exchange is held on the 4th Saturday of the month from 8-9am in the Live Oak Grange Parking Lot
Gardeners are encouraged to bring anything from their garden to trade with like minded gardeners. Possibilities include volunteers, cuttings, bulbs, seeds, specimen plants as well as gardening related tools, books and pots.  You need not bring anything in order to take something.

 

For more information or questions please contact gardencruzer@gmail.com  Tell and bring your friends!

 

 


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Monterey Bay Birding Festival
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Monterey Bay Birding Festival
Join one of the most spectacular birding and wildlife venues in North America- the tenth annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival.
Date: 09/23/2017


From soaring golden eagles, effortlessly gliding California condors, cheeky bushtits, gorgeous Townsend's warblers, scampering snowy plovers, to thousands of sooty shearwaters streaming along the ocean's surface, few places can match the diversity of species as the Monterey Bay region. September marks the peak of fall migration, with wintering shorebirds arriving en masse. Warblers and other passerines are doing the same, and we even start seeing the first appearances of wintering ducks and other waterfowl. Meanwhile, just a few miles offshore, jaegers, shearwaters, and alcid are present in good numbers. There's no better time to visit the Monterey Bay area to see the greatest number of species or to find a rarity.
   
Serious birding enthusiasts can add to their lists California specialty life-list birds such as the California Thrasher, California Towhee, Bell's Sparrow, Oak Titmouse, Nuttall's Woodpecker, Elegant Tern, and the endangered California Condor. Local birders will have unusual access to private lands on some trips, and new birders will find supportive leaders and trips to boost skills quickly.
   
This year's keynote speaker is the renowned Ornithologist, Peter Pyle, who will present "Ecology and Conservation of the Gulf of the Farallones." Peter will also host an educational workshop on "Adventures in Molt." Film Director, Maya Khosla, will screen her beautiful documentary film: "Searching for the Goldspot: The Wild after Wildfire."

 

To round out activities, the City of Watsonville Nature Center will host "Family Days," offering bi-lingual family fun, bird walks and snacks for kids of all ages. The Elkhorn Slough Reserve will offer a birding field trip along with other educational activities and snacks during their Open House, kayaking in Elkhorn Slough is available through Kayak Connections, and pelagic boating trips will be offered by Shearwater Journeys.

 

So don't miss this opportunity to view the birds and other wildlife in one of the most beautiful places on the planet during fall migration, the Monterey Bay on the California Central Coast.

Check www.montereybagbirding.org for times and registration announcements.


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Sea Otter Awareness Week
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Learn more about he vital role that sea otters play in the nearshore ecosystem
Date: Every day (Sep 23-Sep 30) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: $6-$8, children 2 and under free
Special Instructions: The Seymour Center is closed on September 19.

Sea Otter Awareness Week is an annual recognition of the vital role that sea otters play in the nearshore ecosystem. Each year, zoos, aquariums, natural history museums, marine institutions, filmmakers, researchers, academics, educators, and the public participate in various events and activities highlighting sea otters and their natural history and the various conservation issues facing sea otters.


At the Seymour Center, we celebrate the week with interactive learning stations, and arts and crafts.

 

N.B. Seymour Marine Discovery Center is closed September 25.


Location: 100 McCallister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Hides & Tallow
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State Park Mission
Learn about the major products of the mission especially leather and tallowl
Date: 09/23/2017 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Hides and Tallow at the Santa Cruz Mission
Saturday, September 23 from 1pm to 2pm
Come and see how Mission Santa Cruz participated in a world economy back in the early 1800's. We will look at some of the major products of the mission; leather and tallow, and demonstrate how they were used. You will see how a branding iron works and get to make your own candle. Event is free; rain cancels.

 

 


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.425-5849 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Open House
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Elkhorn Slough
Spread the word and share the fun. The annual Open House is coming! See you Sept 23rd.
Date: 09/23/2017 from 9:00am to 5:00pm


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The Elkhorn Slough Reserve Open House, celebrating National Estuaries Week, will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2017.

 

Save the date for a fun-filled day of walks, talks, and activities with our scientists, conservationists, educators and volunteers!

 

 

 


Location: 1700 Elkhorn Rd, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 728-2822 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Fashion Art
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Fashion Art
Fun, crazy, wild, unique fashion art from local designers!
Date: 09/23/2017
Ages: Teens - Adults

FashionART Santa Cruz brings together the very best of fashion and wearable art to create a one of a kind, unforgettable event. Fun, crazy, wild, unique fashion art from local designers!

 

(0 July 2017) FashionArt_Come300.jpgIn 2006, Angelo Grova, of Michaelangelo Gallery, hosted a fashion show in the parking lot outside his gallery to help support a friend studying fashion design. Much to Grova's surprise, more than 400 people showed up in his parking lot that night... and so, FashionART Santa Cruz was born. Encouraged by the overwhelming success of that evening Grova, along with a dedicated group of volunteers, moved the show to the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. Now an annual event, FashionART Santa Cruz showcases exquisite creations by emerging designers and spectacular, wearable art pieces that have become legendary.

 

FashionART Santa Cruz takes the very best of fashion and art while melding them together to create both colorful and completely unique designs. Not only are these designs wearable but they are also one of-a-kind pieces of art hand crafted by some of the most talented artists.

 

FashionART Santa Cruz is a full blown multi-media runway fashion show featuring ready to wear from local and independent designers and unique one of a kind art pieces, all strutting down the runway for a truly unforgettable event.

 

TICKETS on sale soon!


Location: Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-5500 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
For the Love of Coffee - Talk and Tasting
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
A rich story behind making a flavorful, healing, organic cup of hot coffee
Date: 09/23/2017 from 9:00am to 11:00am
Ages: Campers currently enrolled in 3r Admission Fees: $15 General | $10 Child | Members $5 off

For the Love of Coffee - Talk and Tasting

September 23 | 9 - 11 AM

Pre-registration Recommended. CLICK HERE to register
Pric
e: $12 Adult | $10 Children | $5 off for Museum Members


About the Talk and Tasting:


Alta Organic Coffee & Tea Co. will guide us through the fascinating processes involved in transforming coffee fruit into a smooth, morning ritual. Owner and Founder, Patti Spooner, will discuss her motivation in becoming one of the nation's first coffee roasters to switch to all-organic coffee. The sustainable and ethical differences between conventional and organic farming practices will also be presented. Following the presentation, Head Roaster, Nina Monroy, will help you gain a deeper appreciation of coffee by highlighting and sampling their medium-roasted Guatemalan coffee from the region of Huehuetenango. Alta Organic's 12oz bags of whole bean Guatemalan coffee will also be available for purchase.


Location: 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Free Day!
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Exploratorium, Pier 15
Experience the Exploratorium at Pier 15. Join us for free day
Date: 09/23/2017 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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


Location: Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green St), San Francisco Map
Phone: (415) 528-4444 •website San Franciscocreate a direct event link
AUTHORS & EDITORS
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Library Aptos
Butting Heads or Holding Hands? Professional editor and educator Laurie Gibson presents
Date: 09/23/2017 from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: 8 and up Admission Fees: Free

Authors and Editors: Butting Heads or Holding Hands?
Join us as we explore the various levels of editing that contribute to a professional-caliber book. We'll scan the spectrum, ranging from work that can help clarify the author's thinking early in the creation stage (developmental editing), through the important stylistic and mechanical work that helps establish consistency (line editing and copyediting), and then the final polishing pass to ensure quality (proofreading).

 

We'll also discuss the dynamic between authors and editors, including some of the myths that flutter around the creative heat of conflict and drama. And we'll end on a high note by sharing some funny/embarrassing editing bloopers -- and tips for avoiding making these same mistakes in your own writing.

 

Presenter: Laurie Gibson, editor of more than 150 first-time authors and also edited/proofread 250+ books for numerous publishers. For nearly a decade, Laurie has taught editing for the Extension programs of both UCSD and UCLA.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: 831- 427-7700 ext. 7665 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Sex, Drugs, and Screentime
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
How to handle Sex Drugs, and Screentime
Date: 09/23/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: adults Admission Fees: $20.00

Children and teens are constantly bombarded with the wrong ideas about sex, drugs, and modern technology, and it is up to parents to educate them and guide them.

 

Limited scholarships are sometimes available. Childcare 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
Mountain Sol Festival
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Mountain Solstice Festival
Music & Food & Kids Activities in the Mountains!
Date: Every day (Sep 23-Sep 24) from 11:00am to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: $65 - $120
Special Instructions: Youth tickets admit ages 11 to 17 years old when purchased in tandem with an adult ticket

 

Will there be children's activities? Yes

Can I bring my child?Yes, children unde r 10 are free with paid adult. discounted youth tickets will be available for ages 11-17, purchased with an adult ticket.

ADA Accessibility? Yes

Will there be ATMs available? Yes

How can I volunteer Check back July 1st for info if you are interested in volunteering

Is on site parking available? Limited onsite parking is available for $10. Please carpool whenever possible. Overflow parking is available at Henry Cowell State park for $10.

 

Bring

  • Blankets and pillows
  • Regular-size/unframed backpacks
  • Empty Camelbak or other empty plastic container (i.e., Nalgene bottle)
  • Binoculars
  • Low back chairs
  • Personal cameras with a detachable lens 2 inches or shorter

Tickets


Youth tickets admit ages 11 to 17 years old when purchased in tandem with an adult ticket

 

Performers

MICHAEL FRANTI • NAHKO AND MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE • THE WAILERS • CYRIL NEVILLE & SWAMPFUNK • LOS AMIGOS INVISIBLES ~ THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS • ANUHEA • ELEPHANT REVIVAL ~ THE NTH POWER • AFROLICIOUS

 

 


Location: Roaring Camp Meadows, 5401 Graham Hill Rd, Felton Map
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Kidrageous Carnival
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Jacob's Heart
It's all about the kids! It's all about the love! Now, all we need is you!
Date: 09/24/2017 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: Free entertainment, WATSONVILLE CITY PLAZA WATSONVILLE, CALIFORNIA Sunday, September 24, 2017 12 to 5PM Live Entertainment is

 

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JACOB'S HEART PRESENTS
THE 19TH ANNUAL KIDRAGEOUS CARNIVAL


It's all about the kids! It's all about the love! Now, all we need is you!


The 19th Annual Kidrageous Golden Carnival at the Watsonville City Plaza is an amazing day of fun for your entire family. Carnival fun fills the day with music, dance, magicians, clowns, arts and crafts, SLIME, bounce houses, face painting, parades, an amazing raffle (new bike), pony rides, petting zoo, live entertainment and much more.

 

Every booth and activity at Kidrageous is in honor of or in memory of a local child with cancer, and your attendance supports Jacob's Heart families.

 

Pre-purchase your unlimited activity wristband by clicking on the register button below. The Unlimited Activity Wristband ($15) covers all activities. Food, beverage and raffle tickets are sold separately. Wristbands can also be purchased at the event.

Celebrate hope and family at the Kidrageous Golden Carnival.

 

Live Entertainment is FREE

Activity Wristband: $15

Activity Tickets: $1 each

Raffle Tickets: $1 each

Raffle prizes include a bike, skateboard and tickets to Six Flags Park.


Location: Watsonville City Plaza Park, Peck and Main Street, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 724-9100 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Skypark Music Festival
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Scotts Valley Kiwanis
Free music in the park -supports music in schools
Date: 09/24/2017 from 2:30pm to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 Sept 2017) SkyparkSept24.jpgSkypark Music Festival 2:30-6:00 pm, FREE, all proceeds go to music programs at local schools, food and drinks available

 

September Music at Skypark 9/24  Extra Large and the Joint Chiefs

 

All profits from the concessions will be donated to the Music Programs of the schools.

 

For more information call Joe Miller at 831-438-4506 or email svjoem@comcast.net.


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Santa Cruz Triathalon
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City of Santa Cruz
Swim! Bike! Run!
Date: 09/24/2017 from 8:00am to 1:00pm


Santa Cruz Triathlon - 2017

 

The Santa Cruz Triathlon was named by Active.com as one of the "Top Ten Most Scenic Triathlons" in California!


RACE OVERVIEW:

SWIM (1.5K) A brisk ocean swim around the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. Water temperature is usually in the mid to upper 50's, so wetsuits are strongly recommended.

BIKE (40K) A challenging out-and-back ride via West Cliff Drive and coastal Highway 1. The turnaround is located in the historic coastal town of Davenport.

RUN (10K) A flat and fast out-and-back course along the ocean on beautiful West Cliff Drive.

 Please visit http://www.santacruztriathlon.org/triathlon/  for further information.

 


Location: Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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Find Hidden Banned Books!
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It's a treasure hunt with clues. Look for hidden books all over Santa Cruz County.
Date: Every day (Sep 24-Sep 30)


(0 Sept 2017) BannedBooksPoster.jpgWhat if your favorite book was banned? Where would you hide it? How would you share it? To raise awareness about banned books and censorship, SCPL will be hiding books all over Santa Cruz County for you to discover and share! Here's how it works.

 

During Banned Books Week (Sunday, September 24 - Saturday, September 30th) go in search of hidden books, keep an eye out for clues on SCPL's social media or at your local library. When you locate a book, find out if it has ever been banned or challenged and share with us what you discover. The book is yours to keep or share!

 

Brought to you by The Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.

 


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Alternative Expressions Youth Programming: DIY Herbalism
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Participants will gain knowledge on the medicinal properties of a few select herbs, and will get to make their own chapstick!
Date: 09/24/2017 from 11:30am to 1:00pm


Alternative Expressions Youth Programming: DIY Herbalism

 

 

Plants and the natural world carry gifts of healing, medicine, friendship, and so much more. Join this workshop to get hands-on with gardening and herbs at the UCSC Farm. Participants will gain knowledge on the medicinal properties of a few select herbs, and will get to make their own chapstick!

 

This is part 3 of 4 of the Lost Childhoods Alternative Expressions Intern workshops. These are 100% youth-led and youth-driven, and provide a safe space for youth in care to gather, connect, and learn from one another. Open to youth ages 13-25 who have been in foster care or a foster system related experience. Questions and RSVPs can be directed to Karen at karenm@santacruzmah.org!

*Gather at the MAH at 11am if you need a ride to the UCSC Farm. We'll meet by the Front Street entrance. The workshop will begin at 11:30am on campus.


Location: UCSC Farm, Village Rd, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3240 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Arata Farm Hay Maze
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Arata Pumpkin Farm
Hey everyone, it's that time of year again! Come on out to the farm and enjoy the world famous Minotaur's Labyrinth Hay Maze, or
Date: Every day (Sep 25-Oct 31) from 9:00am to 7:00pm


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Welcome

You can lose yourself in our 6 acre corn field and pumpkin river. Try to challenge yourself intellectually and physically in our 2 acre world famous Minotaur's Labyrinth Hay Maze. Take a walk on the wild side and adventure into our Haunted Barn. Relax and enjoy yourself on our Hay Ride.

 

Or you can let the kid's play in our Play Land playground with Miniature Hay Maze, on the Children's Train Ride or have fun with our animals in the Petting Zoo. We also have many picnic areas throughout the farm, at Arata Pumpkin Farm we have something for everybody.

 

We also have dozens of varieties of pumpkins and sizes. We have a special pumpkin for everyone in your family! Feel free to give us a call, send us an email or just come to the farm. We would love to see you.

 

Our Hours
Monday - Friday 9am - 7pm
Saturday - Sunday 9am - 8pm

 

Family Package $15 per Adult ~ $20 per Child Attraction
A minimum of one paid adult and one paid child, age 10 and under are required to qualify for this package


Location: 185 Verde Rd, Half Moon Bay Map
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The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch
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Great GlassPumpkin Patch
Glass pumpkins and autumnal fruits and vegetables, glass-blowing demonstrations...
Date: Every day (Sep 26-Oct 1)
Ages: Children are welcome! Admission Fees: Free

The 22nd Annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch® 
2017 Event Dates
Exhibition: September 26 - 29
Sale: September 30 & October 1

 

Live Glassblowing Saturday and Sunday! Our participating artists will be wowing the crowds with live glassblowing demonstrations all weekend. You'll have a chance to see your favorite artists blow pumpkins right before your eyes. So come enjoy some hot molten glass every half hour between 11am and 4pm Saturday and Sunday. 


Largest Glass Pumpkin Patch in Northern California; Sale to Benefit Arts Nonprofits

 

(0 Sept 2017) Pumpkins_Glass.jpgThe Great Glass Pumpkin Patch at the Palo Alto Art Center will celebrate its 22nd consecutive year as the largest glass pumpkin patch of its kind in Northern California Sept. 26-Oct. 1 with a huge selection of colorful pumpkins and gourds, glass-blowing demonstrations, and more.

During the free family-friendly autumn celebration, visitors are invited to wander through an outdoor installation of more than 10,000 unique glass pumpkins. The glass pumpkins will be on exhibit from Sept. 26-29, and will be available for purchase Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.  at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

"This year's Great Glass Pumpkin Patch promises to be a great experience for longtime collectors and families," said Damon Gustafson, Executive Director of the Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI). "Our participating artists will be wowing the crowds with live glassblowing demonstrations all weekend. Members of the public will have a chance to see their favorite artists blow pumpkins right before their eyes, every half hour between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on September 30 and October 1."

This is the only sale of glass pumpkins that supports the presenting local arts and nonprofit organizations: the Bay Area Glass Institute; Palo Alto Art Center; and Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, as well as participating artists.


Location: Palo Alto Art Cente, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto Map
Phone: 650.329.2366 •website Palo Altocreate a direct event link
Morning Storytime
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Bookshop Santa Cruz
We hope you'll join us in our Children's Books section, Wednesday mornings at 10:00
Date: 09/27/2017 at 6:00pm
Admission Fees: none

Bookshop Santa Cruz invites any toddler or preschool age children (with parental supervision) to listen to stories read by Mamoura Slike. Mamoura is a wonderful reader and she will be sharing fantastic books!

 

 

 

 


Location: Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1530 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-0900 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Measure S Talks
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Measure S projects are heating up!
Date: Every day


Measure S Building Projects

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Catch up on all Measure S projects in one place: https://www.santacruzpl.org/measure_s/

 

On February 11, 2016, the SCPL Facilities Financing Authority placed a $67 million bond measure (later designated Measure S) on the June, 2016 ballot. With 70% approval, voters agreed to fund Measure S. These funds are intended to improve each and every facility in the SCPL system, with new buildings slated for Capitola and Felton and a major renovation or new build under consideration for Downtown Santa Cruz.

 

We encourage you to keep up to date with these building projects and to participate in the planning process. These are YOUR libraries, so lets imagine the future together.

 


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Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge Opening
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City of Santa Cruz
Date: 09/28/2017 from 12:00pm to 12:45pm


(0 Sept 2017) BranciforteBridge.jpgPlease join Mayor Cynthia CHase and the Santa Cruz community incelebration of Go Santa Cruz and ribbon cutting for the Branciforte Creek Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge & Multi-use Trail Project.

 

San Lorenzo Park at the north end of the new bridge at the southern end of the park - access via the San Lorenzo Riverwalk or Dakota Avenue


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Trivia on Tap
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Library Central & Scotts Valley
Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize.
Date: The 3rd Th of every month from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Trivia on Tap
Join Santa Cruz Public Libraries as we host a bimonthly trivia night at Steel Bonnet Brewing Company in Scotts Valley. Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize. Event occurs 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month.

 

Note: Special Theme: Film and Television


Location: Steel Bonnet Brewing Company , 20 Victor Square, Scotts Valley Map
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Natural History of Rapa Nui and its Enigmatic Spider
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Learn about the human and natural history of Rapa Nui; from geology to climate, including reconstructions of the pre-human envir
Date: 09/28/2017 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: FREE for Museum Members | $5 General

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September 28 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm | Click HERE to Register$12 General | $6 Child | Members 50% off

Talk will begin at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:45 pm.

 

About the talk:
Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, is the most remote island on the planet. It is the home of one of the most fascinating cultures in the Pacific. While the island witnessed the development of this civilization, it also experienced what has been considered as an ecological collapse. Learn about the human and natural history of Rapa Nui; from geology to climate, including reconstructions of the pre-human environment and how people interacted with the land. Get to know the only one endemic spider (Tetragnatha paschae) for this island and learn how old museum specimens and methods of studying ancient DNA can help to discover the origin of colonization of this animal. Did it come from South America or Asia? This simple question is key to understanding how the biological community of the most isolated place on the planet was assembled.


Location: The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural, 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Surf Film Festival
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Santa Cruz Film Festival
Two evenings of great surfing films!
Date: Every day (Sep 29-Sep 30) from 6:00pm to 11:00pm


The Best Surf Movies

For the fourth year the Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival brings the best new surf films to the Rio Theater. This year’s line-up will take you around the world, into crazy big waves, fun little peelers, on shortboards, longboards, finless boards, with surfers from 5 to 75.

 

Four separate programs of films over two nights with goodie bags at each screening, plus great raffle prizes as part of your ticket price - including Yeti coolers, an O’Neill wetsuit and tons more. If you love great stories about the ocean and the incomparable rush of dropping into a wave then get your tickets now!

 


Show times: 6 PM and 8 PM
Tickets: $16
Advance tickets: www.scsff.com

 


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Star Wars and Food Trucks
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Dress as your favorite Star Wars character and come for the fun
Date: 09/29/2017 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).

September's theme is Star Wars! Dress as your favorite Star Wars character and may the "forks" be with you! Bring your own utensil and turn to the "green" side.

Sept 29  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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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

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Storytimes at Abbott Square

SCPL News

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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Renaissance Faire Weekends
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Northern California Renaissance Faire
Pageantry, Revelry, Crafts and Romance
Date: Every Su and Sa (Sep 30-Oct 15) from 10:00am to 6:00pm


Theme Weekends

September 16th & 17th
Opening Weekend

New this year! Opening weekend special is now available for purchase online. No waiting in line at the Box Office to use your coupon. This year buy your opening weekend individual one day General Admission ticket online at the low price of $18 (a $10 savings!) plus processing fee.Online purchase only. Click here!
September 23rd & 24th
Pirate Invasion
Beware of pirates invading the village of Willingtown. The Queen's Royal Guardsmen are on the look out for pillaging Privateers and ne'er do well seafarers. Children 7 and under can meet the Queen in our annual wee pirate costume contest.
September 30th & October 1st
Heroes & Warriors
We honor our military and invite you to celebrate as your favorite hero. Be it a knight in shining armor, or an Amazon Princess, all warriors are welcome.
October 7th & 8th
Oktoberfest
The Saint Hubertus German Mercenaries and their camp followers have arrived in the village to meet with the Queen. Kick off the Harvest season and raise a mug of Willingtown ale along side of them as they celebrate Oktoberfest.
October 14th & 15th
Fantasy Forever
Join the fun and find your fantasy in our lively, little village as we welcome curious creatures and fantastical folk born from the imaginations of our guests. From ancient mystical creatures to Shakespearean fairies to futuristic time travelers, all are welcome.

 

Fantasy Costume Contest, Saturday!
Adults and children can register at the Centre Stage in the Food Court and be presented to the Queen. Times and details to be determined.

 

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Location: Casa De Fruta, 10031 Pacheco Pass Hwy, Hollister Map
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Halloween@Night
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Gilroy Gardens
Discover a whole new kind of magical, mystical Halloween adventure this fall!
Date: Every day (Sep 30-Oct 29) from 11:00am to 6:00pm


Halloween@Night

Discover a whole new kind of magical, mystical Halloween adventure this fall!

September 29 - October 29, 2017 | Friday-Sunday, 7pm-10pm


A Mysterious Glow...

As the sun goes down, the park will light up with a mysterious glow...and there will be scares and dares, tricks and treats, and plenty of spooky-but-not-too-scary night-time fun for all ages!

Rides will not be in operation during Halloween@Night.


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The Marketplace

Stop by The Marketplace for specialty food & drink, games & crafts for all ages.  Little ones can wear their costumes and begin their Trick-or-Treating adventure around the park here.

 

 

Spooky Entertainment!

Snuggle up around the fire for Halloween stories, take a ride and search for spooks hiding in the South County Backroads, then sit down for an episode of The Addams Family, Bewitched, or The Munsters at the amphitheater!  

 

There's lots of spooky fun for the whole family!

 


Location: 3050 Heckler Pass, Gilroy Map
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Fall Fest Walnut Avenue
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Walnut Ave Women's Center
Live music, food, beer, wine and activities for kids. Funds raised will support this important community organization.
Date: 09/30/2017 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 Sept 2017) FallFestWalnutAve.jpgWelcome to Fall Fest 2017!

Food Trucks/Beer and Wine Garden, Live Music, Farmer's Market and Street Fair, Center Tours and Family Fun & More!

 

Join the center for their annual festival in the street in downtown Santa Cruz. This street fair will be held in the middle of Walnut avenue and will feature live music, food, beer, wine and activities for kids. Funds raised will support this important community organization.


Location: 303 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Make Miso
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Live Oak Grange
Learn how to make miso, a delicious, high-protein seasoning that has been used everyday in the Japanese kitchen for 1300 years
Date: 09/30/2017 at 10:00am
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Fundraiser for grange

(0 Sept 2017) LiveOakGrange_Miso.jpgThe Live Oak Grange is pleased to have Eriko Yokoyama-Gilman and Masumi Diaz share their knowledge of miso making with us. They will share their excellent koji culture and offer many tips and suggestions from their many years of experience.

In this comprehensive hands on class, each participant will go home with 2 pounds of organic miso mixture in a glass crock to ferment in their own kitchen. Because it is a several day process, the beans will be prepared in advance so we can start the miso during the class. Every step in the process will be explained and demonstrated.

Miso is a delicious, high-protein seasoning that has been used everyday in the Japanese kitchen for 1300 years. Miso's fermentation process restores beneficial probiotics that help break down the amino acids in soybeans and make other foods easier to digest. In this class you'll learn how to make organic miso and explore the many different ways that miso is used.

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Click on the link below to sign up!
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Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Thunderbirds on the Wharf
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Monterey Bay Classic Thunderbird Club
Come see classic Thunderbirds from all over the west.
Date: 09/30/2017 from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

The Monterey Bay Classic Thunderbird Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of classic Thunderbirds. Our members enjoy showing and driving their Thunderbirds in Car Shows and on club outings.

 

We are the host of the annual event "THUNDERBIRDS ON THE SANTA CRUZ WHARF", featuring the classic 1955-1957 and the 1958-1965 vintage Thunderbirds. Each year about 100 Thunderbirds and hundreds of people participated in the show. Spectators from throughout the area come to view the classic Thunderbirds, join in the events and participate in the raffles. Additionally, Thunderbird clubs from all over California and Nevada caravan to the wharf in Santa Cruz to participate. Many stay the weekend. The ocean, the mountains, the wharf, the restaurants, and the retail stores all create a powerful attraction.

 

We encourage car buffs of every age to come out and enjoy our cars. If you are interested in more information about our club, want to join, or have general questions, please feel free to contact us.

 


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Harvest Faire & Steam Festival
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Roaring Camp
Admission is FREE for the whole family October 4-5 and children with a Steam Train ticket get to pick out a free pumpkin from ou
Date: Every day (Sep 30-Oct 1)
Admission Fees: Adults: $45 ~ Children: $35 (ages 2-12)

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Harvest Faire & Steam Festival

 

Step into the incredible world of steam power at the Harvest Faire & Steam Festival presented by Kinetic Steam Works and Roaring Camp Railroads. Welcome Fall with heritage children's activities like scarecrow making, pumpkin patch picking, candle making and gold panning. Behold a variety of steam and belt-powered equipment on display.

 

Admission is FREE for the whole family September 30th and October 1st and children with a Steam Train ticket get to pick out a free pumpkin from our Harvest Pumpkin Patch on Bear Mountain.

 

Harvest & Steam themed activities include 'Make & Take' Scarecrows, Blacksmith and Print Shop demonstrations, gold panning, candle making and much more.

 

Purchase Steam Train Tickets Here.


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Cheer and Dance Competition
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Beach Boardwalk
Great fun watching cheer and dance teams!
Date: 09/30/2017 from 9:00am to 2:00pm


(0 Sept 2017) Boardwalk_CheerDance.jpgNorthern California's ONLY Cheer & Dance Competition with warm sand, cool surf and hot rides!


High school, junior high, all-star, and youth sports teams compete to qualify for 2018 USA National Events.

 

 

Awards at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Bandstand


Competition and Performances at the Kaiser Permanente Arena

$5 admission to competition and performance area (free for ages 5 and under). 

Purchase your competition viewing tickets.

Click here for the Boardwalk to Arena Route Map.

 


Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Money Matters Financial Literacy Series
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Sunnyside Up How to Crack Your Retirement Nest Egg
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month (Sep 16-May 19) from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Money Matters Financial Literacy Series
Start to develop a better understanding of how to manage your personal finances. Learn about a different topic on the 3rd Saturday of each month with George Haas and Anthony Rovai, financial advisers at Money Concepts Capital Corporation. Start getting your personal finances in shape. The series starts on September 16th and runs through May.


Note: Sunnyside Up How to Crack Your Retirement Nest Egg

 


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Paint This! Portrait of Native American
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Palace Art & Office Supply
We're super excited to be hosting a very special one-day art workshop
Date: 09/30/2017 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: $25

(0 Sept 2017) PalacePainThisNativeAmerican.jpgOur subject for this special Paint Along workshop is “Portrait of a Native American,” by Frederic Remington, celebrated painter of the American Old West. It’s dramatic and tranquil at the same time, featuring a powerful narrative presentation and striking colors. Join us and create your own version of this great painting.

Toaa Dallo will guide you with step-by-step instructions, making this workshop ideal for beginners and anyone who loves to create art. The cost is just $65 and includes all the materials, canvas, and paints.

This workshop is brought to you in partnership with Gamblin Oil Colors.

Reserve your space today. Call/Text Toaa at (831) 332-9532, or email him at toaadallo@sbcglobal.net.


Location: 41st Avenue, Capitola Map
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Open Studio Preview
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Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County
The Cultural Council's Open Studios Art Tour brings artists and art enthusiasts together--from the redwoods to the sea
Date: Every Su and Sa (Sep 30-Oct 22)


Open Studio Preview

Saturday, September 30 - Sunday, October 22, 2017

Reception: October 1, Sunday 3:00pm - 6:00pm


In partnership with the Santa Cruz County Arts Council, the Open Studios Preview Exhibition will offer a sneak peak of the great art of over 300 Santa Cruz County artists participating in the Open Studios Art Tours in the first three weekends in October.

 

For details, please visit the Santa Cruz Arts Council's site, www.artscouncilsc.org/open-studios/


Location: Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
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Moonlight Steam Train Dinner Party
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Roaring Camp
Moonlight Steam Train Dinner Party
Date: 09/30/2017 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Admission Fees: Adults: $56 ~ Children: $41 (ages 2-12)

 

Treat yourself to an evening of fun and relaxation at Roaring Camp's Western Moonlight Dinner Train Party. Start with a hearty barbecue steak dinner followed by a leisurely train ride aboard vintage railway cars. The steam train stops atop Bear Mountain to a glowing campfire, hot cider and musical sing-along. Upon returning to Roaring Camp, hot apple pie and a country western band await you. Get into the swing of things by line dancing or two-stepping the night away.

 

The event runs from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.

JULY 1, AUGUST 26 & SEPTEMBER 30

 


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Halloween Scary Boo! & Spooky Zoo
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Gilroy Gardens
Trick'r Treating for the kids through our four "Boo Zones". Collect clues and get a goodie bag
Date: Every day (Sep 30-Oct 29) from 11:00am to 6:00pm


Scarecrow Alley on Sycamore Bridge - Community Scarecrow displays brought to you by local charities and businesses. Groups who are chosen to decorate receive complimentary tickets to Gilroy Gardens for their organization.


Trick'r Treating for the kids through our four "Boo Zones". Collect clues and get a goodie bag at our Welcome Center! (Children in costume welcome, no adult costumes please.)

  • Kiddie Hay Maze - just for the little ones with friendly ghosts.
  • Pinnacles Scary Maze - the twists and turns reveal Halloween scenes.
  • Spider's Lair - come see what's happened to Monarch Garden!
  • Spooky Zoo - Our Petting Zoo becomes spookified! For the Faint of Heart-one side of the zoo is still the cute and cuddly animals you love. But for the Brave of Heart-enter if you dare! The creepy critter side has reptiles and spooky creatures you can get up close and personal with. See snakes, lizards, toads, dragons, tarantulas, giant bugs and more! Additional charge for Petting Zoo-Adults FREE with paying Child. $5 per Child. (Not included with Membership or Park Admission.) All proceeds go to Pony Up! for the care of the animals.

And visit our Pumpkin Patch...featuring our very own PARK-GROWN pumpkins!


Location: 3050 Heckler Pass, Gilroy Map
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Founders Day Special Events
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State Park Big Basin
Honor the Visionaries, Valued Workers and Visitors that shaped the character of Big Basin over the past 109years.
Date: 09/30/2017 from 9:00am to 8:00pm
Ages: Able to do 3.5 mile hike

FOUNDERS' DAY SPECIAL EVENT, Saturday, September 30
Honor the Visionaries, Valued Workers and Visitors that shaped the character of Big Basin over the past 115 years. Revel in the beauty of the majestic old growth redwoods that inspired the movement to Save the Trees! Celebrate our wild heritage with a melodrama, a timeline tree, hikes and games for kids.

Timeline Tree: Changing Times among the Ageless Giants
9 am-5 pm (all day, walk by anytime)


Come walk along a downed 100-foot redwood tree and read about the stories of change in the forest where time appears to stop. The timeline describes events in words and pictures of Big Basin over the last century...and more. Some were grand occasions, others mundane details...together, the stops along this path tell a fascinating story of the oldest state park in California. The timeline is along the Redwood Loop Trail, across from Park Headquarters.

 

Outlook from Mt. McAbee 10 am
Join Docent Hal Anjo on a hike to McAbee Outlook. We'll stop at the top and enjoy the lovely ocean views, returning through a beautiful old-growth redwood forest. Learn about the different habitats as you watch the environment change as we climb and enjoy the view. Difficulty level is moderate. The hike is six miles and about three and a half hours. Bring plenty of water, snacks and good hiking shoes. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 

Redwood Loop Walk
11 am and 2 pm
How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 

Big Basin Melodrama! 1 pm
Celebrate Big Basin's history! Watch a strolling play into the past on this easy, family friendly redwood loop trail and meet colorful characters from Big Basin's past. Listen to the stories of a pioneering homesteader, an early conservationist, the first female ranger at Big Basin and more! This walk is a half-mile, 1.5-hour and is wheelchair and stroller friendly. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 

Special Junior Rangers Program: Old-Fashioned Children's Games 3-4 pm
Step back in time and play some old-fashioned children's games. This one-hour program is designed for kids ages 7-12. Sorry parents, this program is for kids only! Please register your child at the Nature Lodge Museum 15 minutes before the program begins. Please be sure your child is dressed for active play in the outdoors.

 

Special Big Basin Nature Club Program: Old-Fashioned Children's Games 4:30-5 pm
This fun program is designed 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 the Nature Lodge.

 


Location: Highway 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Open Studio Preview
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Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County
The Cultural Council's Open Studios Art Tour brings artists and art enthusiasts together--from the redwoods to the sea
Date: Every Su and Sa (Sep 30-Oct 22)


Open Studio Preview

Saturday, September 30 - Sunday, October 22, 2017

Reception: October 1, Sunday 3:00pm - 6:00pm

In partnership with the Santa Cruz County Arts Council, the Open Studios Preview Exhibition will offer a sneak peak of the great art of over 300 Santa Cruz County artists participating in the Open Studios Art Tours in the first three weekends in October.

For details, please visit the Santa Cruz Arts Council's site, www.artscouncilsc.org/open-studios/

 


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Santa Cruz Mountains Harvest Festival
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Santa Cruz Mountains Harvest Festival
Great local artists, wineries, breweries, musicians, games, hayrides and crafts
Date: 09/30/2017 from 11:00am to 6:30pm


(0 Sept 2017) MtnHarvestFest2017.jpgSanta Cruz Mountains Harvest Festival is located in Boulder Creek Ca. This event aims to help raise money for local non-profits as well as contributing money towards other like minded organizations & local companies.

 

The SCM Harvest Festival works with local farms, artists, musicians, downtown BC Merchants and local non-profits. We hope you will come and support your local friends and get involved if you are interested. The event is run through our local Boulder Creek Recreation and Park District and Foundation. Visit our website to see what we do in the community. www.bcrpd.org

 

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Phone: 831-588-5628 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
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