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Full Moon Madness
This astronomy-based evening is perfect for the whole family with kids' crafts, guided night hikes, and a special astronomer gu
07/27/2018 at 6:00pm
Location: 101 Big Trees Park Rd, Felton Map

Full Moon Madness
Friday July 27; events start at 6pm

Experience Henry Cowell in a completely new way... at night! This astronomy-based evening is perfect for the whole family with kids' crafts, guided night hikes, and a special astronomer guest speaker. To wrap up the evening, the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club will bring their telescopes out for stargazing. Event is in the day use area of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, located off Hwy 9 in Felton. Event is free; parking is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

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


Friday Night Girl's Night Out!

 

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

 

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

 

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


Location: Redwood Village #15, 9099 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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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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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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San Francisco Botanical Gardens
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San Francisco Botanical Garden
Escape to a unique 55-acre urban oasis of extraordinary beauty at San Francisco Botanical Garden, showcasing over 8,000 differen
Date: Every day

Special Instructions: 2nd Tuesday is FREE DAY

Second Tuesday of every month is free!

 

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

 

Free Admission Day Every second Tuesday of the month

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

 

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

Free Tours Daily; 1:30pm at Main Gate

 

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

Navigating t! he Garden

 

Free Admission Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden

 

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

Last entry: Fall & Winter

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

From a reviewer: 9/12/2016

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


Location: Golden Gate Park, 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco Map
Phone: (415) 661-1316 •website San Franciscocreate a direct event link
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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
Ages: All

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

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


Location: 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
Phone: 650-879-2120 •website Pescadero create 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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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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Arboretum Garden Free Day
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
A tranquil place to see plants from around the world plus quail, bunnies...
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Free Day 1st Tuesday

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

 

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


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


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Guided Redwood Grove Walks
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure - ask any questions you may have
Date: Every Su and Sa at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10
Special Instructions: Saturdays at 11 am & 2 pm

Guided Redwood Grove Walks

Saturdays at 11 am & 2 pm

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

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
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Adoption Fair
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Pet Pals
Date: Every Sa from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


ADOPTION FAIR!
EVERY SATURDAY‚Äč
Come visit our adoptable animals from 12-4pm! 
(weather permitting)

  PET PALS
  3660 Soquel Drive
‚Äč  Soquel, CA


Location: 3660 Soquel Drive, Soquel Map
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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
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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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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Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
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State Park Henry Cowell
Join us on a guided scavenger hunt along our trails.
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
Saturdays at 1 pm


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

 

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

 

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


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Guided 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
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Evening Art Program
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State Park Henry Cowell
Activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


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

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


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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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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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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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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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
Knitting @ the Library
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Library Scotts Valley
Learn to knit
Date: Every Mon from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 8 & up Admission Fees: Free

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


Location: 230-D Mount Hermon Road Kings Village Shopping Center, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 831-427-7712 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
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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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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Mind Craft
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Tues from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: free

Minecraft.Edu

Thursday 3:00  - 5:00

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

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

 

 

 


Phone: 831-661-4771 •website La Selva Beachcreate a direct event link
Exploring Big Basin
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State Park Big Basin
Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, history and more on these fun, varied hikes
Date: Every Tues from 9:00am to 10:30am
Admission Fees: Free

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


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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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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Felton Farmers Market
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Felton Certified Farmers Market
Produce and fruit, fish, bread, wine, and an array of prepared foods, a community table and entertainment by local artists
Date: Every Tues from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Open May through November

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

 

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


Location: Hwy 9, St. John's Church parking lot
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Navigating the School Years with Positive Discipline - 8 weeks
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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
2017 Friendsí 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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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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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
Reach for the Stars: Star Types & Light Pollution
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Star Types & Light Pollution
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

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Tuesday, June 26

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

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


Note: Boulder Creek Library: Star Types & Light Pollution

 

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


Location: 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder reek Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz 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.

 

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Location: 223 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-6500 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Contra Dancing
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Santa Cruz Dance
Contra couples dancing for beginners and experienced dancers - Make dance magic happen on the dance floor!
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 7+ Admission Fees: $12
Special Instructions: Beginner's lesson at 5:40. Dancing 7:00-10:00

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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


Location: Veteran's Memorial Building, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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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
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
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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Second Saturday on the Farm
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Ag History Project
Join us for demonstrations using antique farm equipment, crafts, farm animals, wooden cow milking, water pumps, learning to driv
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $2/person Kids under 1 are free

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

 

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

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

Location: 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
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Historical Aircraft Display
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Young Eagles
Everyone is welcome to show and admire these historical aircraft
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

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

 

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

 

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

 

 For additional information call 768-3575

 


Location: Watsonville Aviation Education C, 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
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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
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 Basinís 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
New Mommy Musical Meet-UP
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MusicalMe, Inc
Join us every 2nd Monday for our "New Mommy Musical Meet-Up"!
Date: The 2nd Mon of every month from 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Ages: birth - 12months Admission Fees: FREE!

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

 

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

 

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

 

https://www.meetup.com/New-Mommy-Musical-Meetup/events/246692123/

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


Location: Native Son's Hall, 239 High Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Invisible / Alienated Grandparent Support Group
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Alienated Grandparents Anonymous
Date: The 2nd Mon of every month from 4:00pm to 5:30pm


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

 

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


Location: Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Storytime at Abbott Square
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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

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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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

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Emergency Preparedness

Get together and stay prepared

• 7:00pm - 8:30pm • Boulder Creek


Location: 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek 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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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
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
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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!


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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
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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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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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
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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Club Kanopy
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Library Boulder Creek
Fun, thoughtful, dramatic, or important movie screenings with some discussion afterward
Date: The 2nd Th of every month (Jan 14-Jun 14) from 5:30pm to 7:30pm


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

 

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

 

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

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


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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
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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
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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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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
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Basic Bicycle Maintenance Class
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The Spokesman
Learn how to fix your flat tire!
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00am
Ages: Free

Spokesman Bicycles Free Maintenance Class

3rd Saturday of every month, 10AM

Spokesman Bicycles, Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz, CA

http://www.spokesmanbicycles.com/events

 


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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

For more information, contact cleanup@saveourshores.org.

 


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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
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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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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
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Julia Robinson Math Festival
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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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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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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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Urban Farm Day
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Live Oak Grange
Play with baby goats, enjoy hyper-local food and drink, shop for plant starts for your garden and arts and crafts, enjoy worksho
Date: The 4th Sa of every month from 8:00am to 9:00am
Ages: All

(0 A May 2018) UrbanFarmDay.jpgJoin us to celebrate local urban farming! Play with baby goats, enjoy hyper-local food and drink, shop for plant starts for your garden and arts and crafts, enjoy workshops and live music, demos, and a tour of the Grange. There's something for the whole family!

You'll find the veggie and flower starts you need for your garden, both well-loved favorites and unique heirlooms, as well as local arts, crafts, gems and flea market items.

Enjoy organic nachos with farm fresh toppings raised and grown by Grange members, local drinks, coffee and deserts.

Play with baby goats! Goat milking demo!

Workshops:
Raising Backyard Chickens: 11:00am
Home Composting Workshop: 11:00am and 1:00pm
Pollinator/Butterfly Garden Workshop: tbd

Take a tour of the gardens, orchard and chicken coop at the historic Live Oak Grange

Gardeners will be on hand to answer your questions!

Funds raised will benefit the community gardens, which preserve local tradition and provide opportunities for urban farming, and our Hall Renovation Fund to preserve our 80+ year old Grange Hall!


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz 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
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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Storytime at Abbott Square
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SCPL is bringing storytimes outside to this fantastic new community space
Date: The last Sa of every month (Jun 29-Aug 31) at 10:00am

Special Instructions: English

Storytimes at Abbott Square

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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


Location: Abbott Square, 118 Cooper St, Santa Cruz Map
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Moonlight Steam Train Dinner Party
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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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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
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
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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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

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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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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.

 

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Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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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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