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Small Business Saturday
Show your support for local, independent businesses by making purchases at your favorite small businesses.
11/24/2018

(0 A November 2018) SmallBusinessSaturday2018.jpgWe're happy to be participating in Small Business Saturday again this year! If you're a subscriber to our weekly email newsletter, you'll get 25% off all used items! If you're not, just sign up on the spot and we'll give you the discount. Shop local and help your community prosper!

Small Business Saturday is a day to show your support for local, independent businesses by making purchases at your favorite small businesses. By shopping with locally owned, independent businesses, you make a much greater positive impact on the local economy than when you shop online or in big chain stores.

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Star Stroll
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State Park Henry Cowell
The cosmos, river, trees, bats, hear owls and other nocturnal wildlife
Date: Every Sa (Jul 7-Sep 8) at 9:00pm


Star Stroll

Saturdays at 9pm

Join us for a stroll to the Observation Deck to listen to stories, serenade the glittering stars, and discover the night sky. Meet at the Campfire Center in the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks Volunteers, Mountain Parks Foundation, and California State Parks.


Location: 2591 Graham Hill Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 831-335-7077 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Ranch History Tours
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State Park Wilder Ranch
History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends
Date: Every Su and Sa at 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10 parking

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Ranch History Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

Monday, September 3 at 1pm

Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water-powered machine shop, barns and other historic buildings. Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: Wilder Ranch , Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.426-0505 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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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Monterey Scottish Games
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The Scottish Society
Come out and celebrate Scottish culture, traditions, athletic competitions and entertainment - fun activities for the whole fami
Date: Every day (Aug 4-Aug 5) at 9:00am
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Enter Gate 5

(0 A July 2018) MontereyScottishBagpipers.jpgThis popular Celtic celebration brings the music, dance, food and athletic events of Scotland and Ireland to Monterey County. The Festival features fun activities for the whole family, including an array of games for the wee ones. Travel to Scotland, Ireland and England without leaving the Monterey Peninsula. Come out and celebrate Scottish culture, traditions, athletic competitions and entertainment.  

 

Enjoy delicious tastes of the British Isles including an array of meat pies from Heritage Meat Pies/Sunblest Foods (New! Jalapeno, Bacon, Mac and Cheese Pie, Mac and Cheese Pie, and Chicken Chili Verde Pie plus great favorites such as Steak and Mushroom Pie, Steak and Vegetables Pie, Shepherd's Pie, Lamb Curry Pie, and Sausage Rolls (see details below) plus British favorites from vendor Taste of Britain serving Fish and Chips, Corned Beef and Cabbage plus Kids Specials such as Chicken Tenders and Corn Dogs. New to the Festival this year is Murphys Mustard Company ("It's Just Plain Sassy!") Enjoy lots of sweet treats from Brown's handmade English Toffee and Welsh Shortcakes. (See list below)

 

On both days, there will be the popular whisky tasting seminars. This year, two seminars will take place at both 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm and one seminar on Sunday at 2:30 pm for a separate fee of $30. Participants will learn much more about the long history of whisky, how it's distilled, its many tasting characteristics of fine single malt whiskies. There will be lots of Guinness Beer and many other beverages as well.

 

The Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival offers a variety of live Celtic entertainment with exciting massed pipe bands on parade, including many award-winning California-based pipe bands, thrilling Drum Major Competitions, talented Highland and Country dancers, special entertainers, athletes competing in the famous Caber Toss and more, dozens of clan tents, whisky tasting seminars, delicious Celtic food, great jewelry, swords, kilts, crafts and more, sheepdog and duck herding, forging demos, kids games and much more. In addition to traditional pipes and drums, dancing, and a variety of exciting athletic competitions, the Festival is a celebration full of demonstrations, performances and musical entertainment related to many fascinating aspects of Scottish and Gaelic culture.  

 

Research your own history by visiting the Avenue of the Clans featuring over two dozen very hospitable and informative clan booths.  A historical re-enactment portraying life in 16th century Scotland includes performers who entertain and educate attendees though the medium of living history. Historical reenactors, including Mary Queen of Scots and her beautifully costumed court, Sjorvaldar Vikings (new this year), Clan Galbraith, SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism). Vaden Forge (forging demos kids love) allow attendees to step back in history. Festival-goers will enjoy experiencing and learning more about the fascinating Celtic culture and their own heritage. 

 

Popular Irish singer/songwriter Seamus Kennedy, LA Fife and Drums will be returning to perform at the Festival. Cockswain, a high energy Celtic rock band and AnGry Brians, a band performing Celtic classics, will both make their debut at the Monterey event this year. (Note: Previously listed in press releases, Scott McDonald will not be joining us after all due to health challenges this year.)

 

In addition to dozens of solo piping and drumming competitions, there will be WUSPBA-accredited competition pipe band performances from the Grade 4 bands: MacIntosh Band, Silicon Valley Band (formerly Stewart Tartan), Prince Charles Pipe Band, and the Grade 5 bands: Emerald Society, Silicon Valley Band and Irish Pipers of San Francisco. Another popular competition is the Drum Major Competition where drum majors toss their mace expertly high up in the air and catch it accompanied by a pipe band.The two-day athletic competition features fan favorite events like Caber Toss, Hammer & Stone Throw, Weight for Distance & Height, and the Sheaf Toss.   Over two days, multiple classes, age groups, and even youth games showcase the best each athlete has to offer in endurance, strength, and skill. Scottish Heavy Athletics provide all athletic supervision and registration.

 

ON SATURDAY NIGHT, AUGUST 4TH...


On Saturday evening, "A Piping Hot Dinner and Ceilidh Party" will be held again this year at Britannia Arms, 444 Alvarado St. in Monterey, with bagpipe performances by members of the award-winning Monterey Bay Pipe Band from 7 to 9 p.m. People who attend the festival that day can bring in their programs or ticket stubs to receive 20 percent off their dinners on Saturday, August 4th between 6:00 and 9:30 pm.

 

Festival Tickets: 

Advance Discount Presale Monterey Scottish Festival tickets are on sale at www.montereyscotgames.com.  Tickets (regularly priced) will be available at the gate during both days of the Festival. 

 

Ticket Prices:

Adult One-Day - Presale [$15.00]  - At Gate [$20.00]

Senior (65+) One-Day - Presale [$12.00] - At Gate [$15.00]

Military One-Day - Presale [$12.00] - At Gate [$15.00]

Child (9-15) One Day - Presale [$12.00] - At Gate [$15.00]

Adult Two-Day - Presale [$20.00] - At Gate [$30.00]

Senior (65+) Two-Day - Presale [$15.00] - At Gate [$20.00]

Military Two-Day - Presale [$15.00] - At Gate [$20.00]

Child (9-15) Two-Day - Presale [$15.00] - At Gate [$20.00]

Children 8 & under free


Location: Monterey County Fargrounds, 2004 Fairground Rd, Monterey Map
Phone: 831-372-5863 •website Monterey create a direct event link
Wilder Things - Welcome To The Jungle Book (2018)
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Little People's Repertory Theatre
Dorothy lives in a cupboard below the porch of her aunt and uncle's farmhouse. One day an owl arrives with an invitation for Dor
Date: Every day (Jul 25-Aug 5)


Wilder Things - Welcome To The Jungle Book (2018)

  • Written by Janinne Chadwick
  • Directed by Daria E. Troxell
  • Performed at Park Hall

Strange things have been happening in a small California town. A group of kids desperate to find a friend-gone-missing, find an old Jungle Book themed board game. With a roll of the dice they find themselves sucked into an up-side-down version of a classic children's tale. In the jungle, not only do they find their friends, they find some missing Castaways, friendly village people and more!

 

Little People's Repertory Theatre provides affordable opportunities for theatrical performance to youth ages 3 to 18. Using original scripts and contemporary themes, knowledgeable, trained staff facilitate a developmentally appropriate and positive social environment through mentorship, creative collaboration, skill building and instruction, wherein children, teens and community members work together to create high-quality, original works of art.

 

TICKETS


Location: Park Hall, 9400 Mill St, Ben Lomond Map
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Nature Club
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State Park Big Basin
This fun program is designed for children ages 3-6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing and explore!
Date: Every day (Jul 1-Aug 31)
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See varying hours

Big Basin Nature Club

Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 4:30pm (No programs August 25, 28)

Wednesdays at 1:30pm (No program Wednesday, August 29)

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 Big Basin Redwoods State Park Nature Museum. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Origami Club with Japanese Cultural Fair
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Library Aptos
performances
Date: The 1st Sa of every month (Apr 7-Dec 1) at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 March 2018) OrigamiClub.jpgOrigami Club at Aptos Public Library
1st Saturday of every month (unless otherwise announced)
Starts April 7, 2018!

FREE fun for all ages. Bring a project, try a design from one of our books, or just come to hangout and fold whatever strikes your fancy. All skill levels are welcome. Origami paper will be provided or bring your own if you prefer a certain type. Drop-ins welcome.

Interested in volunteering, message us! (^_^)

Presented by the Japanese Cultural Fair - Santa Cruz, in partnership with the Aptos Public Library.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: 831- 427-7700 ext. 7665 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Circus Vargas is in Town!
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Circus Vargas
Dreaming of pirates and fun!
Date: Every day (Aug 2-Aug 6)

Special Instructions: Visit MOD for fun and receive free circus tickets

(0 A Aug 2018) CircusVargasFreeTicket.jpgThe CIRCUS is coming to town! Circus Vargas will be at the Capitola Mall from August 2 - 6 only.

 

MOD (Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery) has the very first (and possibly only) FREE child's admission ticket.

 

Come in to the museum this and next week, play, learn, and snatch up your ticket before they're gone! circusvargas.com

 

DATES/TIMES/TICKETS


Location: Capitola Mall, 1855 41st Ave, Capitola Map
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Junior Rangers at Big Basin
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State Park Big Basin
Nature for the little ones!
Date: Every day (Jun 16-Sep 1) at 10:00am
Ages: 3-6 and families Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: See varying dates, times

Junior Rangers

Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 3pm (No programs August 25, 28, 29)

Wednesdays at 10amSpecial two-hour program (No program August 29)

Explore, hike and play games as you learn about plants, animals, and more. This 1-hour program is designed for kids ages 7-12 only. Please register your child at the Nature Museum 15 minutes before the program begins. Please be sure your child is dressed for active play. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Tales to Tails - Central
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Library Central
Date: Every Sa from 10:00am to 11:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Tales to Tails - Downtown (10:00 AM-11:30 AM)


Trained therapy dogs will be available at the Library to be attentive, non-judgmental reading partners for children reading aloud. Children have individual 20-minute time slots to sit with a dog and read.

 

Contact pro@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve a spot.


View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Early Literacy, Tales to Tails


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Cabrillo Music Festival
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Cabrillo Stage Summer Musical Festival
Each summer Cabrillo Festival brings together music lovers, community members, professional orchestra players and extraordinary
Date: Every day (Jul 29-Aug 12)


(0 A Aug 2018) Cabrillo_church_Percussion_FamilyConcert.jpgThe world meets at Cabrillo Festival July 29-August 12

Each summer Cabrillo Festival brings together music lovers, community members, professional orchestra players and extraordinary composers for an inspired gathering that offers a musical experience like no other.

 

For the 2018 season, Music Director Cristi MńÉcelaru has summoned voices from around the globe and across diverse cultural backgrounds to present 18 contemporary works that reflect the human spirit and the stories we tell, the grandeur of the planet, and the vastness of the cosmos. You're invited to journey deep into the creative process through our open rehearsals, talks and the intoxicating experience of live performance. Cabrillo Festival delivers spectacular musicianship, coupled with a warm and welcoming environment for listeners at all levels, plus that famously special Santa Cruz vibe. It's a rare thrill, and you're invited!

 

So much is new in 2018!

  • New pay-what-you-can Community Night Concert This new event welcomes the wider community to experience just how fun new music can be.
  • Earlier concert times All our evening concerts now begin at 7pm!
  • New $20 Youth tickets Invite your favorite young person (age 6-25), and inspire a future Festival fan!
  • New Prix Fixe Dinner on our Grand Finale night.

EVENTS (MOST ARE FREE)

Donors Concert  July 28 @ 4:45 pm - 6:30 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz

A pre-season chamber concert and reception free for donors of $250 or more.

 

First Open Rehearsal (Aural Histories) July 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz

Come to the Civic Auditorium to watch Cristi and the Festival Orchestra play the first notes of the 2018 season! Open Rehearsals continue nearly every weekday through August 10. Today's rehearsal program: Huang RUO: Folksongs for Orchestra Dan DEDIU: Grana Zosha DI CASTRI: Dear Life (with Mary Mackenzie, soprano) Pande SHAHOV: Piano Concerto (no soloist)


Open Rehearsal (After Dixieland)  July 30 @ 2:30 am - 5:00 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz,

Free - Today's rehearsal program: Gabriela Lena FRANK: Walkabout, Concerto for Orchestra Vivian FUNG: Dust Devils Kristin KUSTER: Rain On It

 

Open Rehearsal (After Dixieland)  July 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz,

Free

Today's rehearsal program: Gabriela Lena FRANK: Walkabout, Concerto for Orchestra Kristin KUSTER: Rain On It William BOLCOM: Concerto in D for Violin (with Philippe Quint, violin)

 

In The Works Orchestra Concert  July 31 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz

Free

A special free concert featuring new works by three young composers conducted in rotation by six emerging conductors, the culmination of the prestigious Conductors/Composers Workshop. No tickets required.

 

Open Rehearsal (Aural Histories) August 1 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz

Free

Today's rehearsal program: Pande SHAHOV: Piano Concerto (with Simon Trpceski, piano) Huang RUO: Folksongs for Orchestra Dan DEDIU: Grana Zosha DI CASTRI: Dear Life (with Mary Mackenzie, soprano)

 

Open Rehearsal (Conductors Workshop)  August 1 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz,

Free

The culmination of the Conductors Workshop, the program features standard repertoire performed by the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra led in rotation by emerging conductors.


Open Rehearsal (Aural Histories)  August 2 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz,

Free

Today's rehearsal program: Dan DEDIU: Grana Huang RUO: Folksongs for Orchestra Pande SHAHOV: Piano Concerto (with Simon Trpceski, piano) Zosha DI CASTRI: Dear Life (with Mary Mackenzie, soprano)


Pre-Rehearsal Talk with Prue Ashurst  August 2 @ 6:15 pm - 6:45 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz

Free

Prue Ashurst is an educator, choral director and lecturer. Prue has made the pilgrimage from her native Australia to the Festival for many years, and this year we are thrillled that she will give us a Pre-Rehearsal Talk on the After Dixieland concert program!

 

Open Rehearsal (After Dixieland) August 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz

Free

Today's rehearsal program: Vivian FUNG: Dust Devils William BOLCOM: Concerto in D for Violin (with Philippe Quint) Gabriela Lena FRANK: Walkabout, Concerto for Orchestra Kristin KUSTER: Rain On It


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Elegant Flea Market
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Inner Light Ministries
Free entry, bargain prices for elegant goods
Date: 08/04/2018 from 7:00am to 2:00pm


(0 A Aug 2018) FleaMarketelegant.jpgShop a variety of new and/or gently used items at bargain prices while helping Inner Light Ministries at this annual fundraising event.

 

Visit the unique indoor Jewelry Boutique and join in the free family fun with a bounce house and childcare activities while you shop.

 


Location: 5630 Soquel Dr, Soquel Map
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Church Street Fair
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Cabrillo Music Festival
Non-stop world and ethnic music and dance on the outdoor Church Street Stage, and dozens of premier artists and craftspeople
Date: Every day (Aug 4-Aug 5) from 11:00am to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: Church Street in front of Civic Auditor

The CHURCH STREET FAIR celebrates Santa Cruz's vibrant cultural scene with free non-stop performances from diverse global traditions, delicious fare from local food purveyors, vintners and brewers, and vendor booths filled with the work of regional artisans.

 

Free activities for children include hands-on workshops in the Creativity Tent for Kids, and the Cabrillo Festival's Free Family Concert.

2018 CHURCH STREET STAGE PERFORMERS
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4 (11:15am-6:45pm)

11:15-12:00 COASTAL PRAIRIE BAND (American Folk Music)
12:15-12:45 SANTA CRUZ BALLET THEATRE (European Dance)
1:00-1:45 GOURD MUSIC PLAYERS
2:00-2:30 TBA
2:45-3:45 DANCE AROUND MOLLY (Celtic Music)
4:00-5:00 AZA (Moroccan Music)
5:15-6:45 THE JOINT CHIEFS (Soul/Funk Music)


SUNDAY, AUGUST 5 (11:15am-6:45pm)

11:15-12:00 GREAT MORGANI (Costumed Accoridionist)
12:15-12:45 EL SISTEMA SANTA CRUZ (Elementary School Music Program)
1:00 FREE FAMILY CONCERT (inside the Civic)
2:30-3:15 WATSONVILLE TAIKO (Japanese Drumming)
3:30-4:15 SHAKTI BHAKTI ENSEMBLE (Classical Indian Dance)
4:30-5:15 DESERT DREAM MUSIC AND DANCE (Middle Eastern Dance)
5:30-6:45 SAMBADA (Brazilian Samba/Latin/Caribbean )


Location: Street in front of Civic Auditor, Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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THE PRODUCERS
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Cabrillo Stage Summer Musical Festival
The Producers is a hilarious musical comedy that took Broadway by storm
Date: Every day (Jul 26-Aug 19)


THE PRODUCERS
JULY 26 - AUGUST 19, 2018

A New Mel Brooks Musical, Book by Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan, Music & Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Original Direction & Choreography by Susan Stroman

WINNER OF 12 TONY AWARDS INCLUDING BEST MUSICAL & BEST ORIGINAL SCORE!

WINNER OF 11 DRAMA DESK AWARDS INCLUDING OUTSTANDING MUSICAL & OUTSTANDING BOOK & LYRICS!

A COMBINATION OF UNSTOPPABLE LAUGHTER AND SHEER HAPPINESS!

THE PLAY

Based on Mel Brooks' much loved Academy Award-winning movie, The Producers is a hilarious musical comedy that took Broadway by storm, winning a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards and 3 Olivier Awards.Impoverished by a string of flops, New York producer Max Bialystock recruits timid accountant Leo Bloom to help him pull off Broadway's greatest scam. They aim to produce the worst show ever and run away with millions, but they soon learn that show business can kick you in the teeth.The Producers may be the funniest Broadway musical of all time.


Location: Cabrillo Stage, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos Map
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Campfire Programs
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State Park Henry Cowell
Sing songs, play games, hear stories and learn all about our unique and beautiful park
Date: Every Su, Th, Fri and Sa (Aug 2-Aug 31)

Special Instructions: See varying hours

Evening Campfire Programs

Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 8pm

Saturdays at 7:30pm

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. Good dogs welcome. The campfire center is located in the Henry Cowell Redwoods Graham Hill Campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: 101 Big Trees Park Rd, Felton Map
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Hikes at Castle Rock
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State Park Castle Rock
Discover expansive views, marvelous rock formations and great rock climbing opportunities
Date: Every day (Jun 1-Sep 30)

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

EASY HIKES
Castle Rock Loop
  Sat & Sun 11am
Trailhead: main parking lot; 1 mile loop; elevation gain 300 feet    
Ascend through Douglas-fir, madrone, and tanoak to see the park’s imposing namesake peak—a good spot for bouldering and roped climbs. The surrounding smaller rocks are a great playground for children.

Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock Overlook Hike  Saturdays at 2:30pm

Join us on a 3-mile, 2.5-hour hike to Castle Rock, Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock Overlook. We’ll discuss Castle Rock’s unique geology, rock climbing history, human impacts and important preservationists that helped give Castle Rock State Park the protections we have today. Please bring plenty of water, hiking shoes, snacks, a camera, and binoculars if you have them. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $8. Meet at the kiosk. Event made possible by California State Parks in partnership with Portola and Castle Rock Foundation.

 
   
MODERATE HIKES 
Ridge/Trail Camp Loop 
Trailhead: main parking lot, 5.15 miles, elevation gain 1,190 feet
Hike through the forest and past Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock. Enjoy views of the San Lorenzo River Valley and glimpses of Monterey Bay. Learn about history, wildlife, and habitats at the Interpretive Shelter. Castle Rock Trail Camp has picnic tables, pit toilets, water and a rain shelter.  
  
Skyline/Loghry Woods/Saratoga Gap Loop
Trailhead: main parking lot; 6.1 miles roundtrip; elevation gain 750 feet 
Head through the forest past Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock. Enjoy views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the San Lorenzo River with glimpses across to Monterey Bay if there’s no fog. Castle Rock Trail Camp has picnic tables, pit toilets, water, and a rain shelter. 
  
STRENUOUS HIKES  
Middle of the Park from the Gap Loop
Trailhead: Saratoga Gap; 9 miles roundtrip, elevation gain 1,530 feet. 
This challenging hike or run through the forest takes you past mountain and valley views with some glimpses of Monterey Bay on a clear day. Castle Rock Trail Camp has picnic tables, pit toilets, water and a rain shelter. Begin at Saratoga Gap and either go down Saratoga Toll Road Trail or across Skyline Trail (Bay Area Ridge Trail). Close the loop on the Loghry Woods and Travertine Springs trails.
   
Gap to Gap Loop
Trailhead: Saratoga Gap or Waterman Gap; 16.4 miles round trip, elevation gain 1,860 feet
A good workout for strong trail runners and hikers. You can also backpack and stay overnight at the Waterman Gap Trail Camp (reservations required). Trails are mostly wooded, with occasional views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. 
   
Skyline to the Sea Trailhead: dropoff at Saratoga Gap or park at main parking lot, pickup at Waddell Beach, 25.2–28.2 miles; elevation from 1,660–2,130 feet. 
One of the region’s most rewarding backpack options. Start on the spine of the Santa Cruz Mountains and descend to the ocean in Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Camp at trail camps along the way. Two to four days of backpacking or four to eight hours of trail running.

 

Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock Overlook Hike

Saturdays at 2:30pm

Join us on a 3-mile, 2.5-hour hike to Castle Rock, Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock Overlook. We'll discuss Castle Rock's unique geology, rock climbing history, human impacts and important preservationists that helped give Castle Rock State Park the protections we have today. Please bring plenty of water, hiking shoes, snacks, a camera, and binoculars if you have them. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $8. Meet at the kiosk. Event made possible by California State Parks in partnership with Portola and Castle Rock Foundation.

 


Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
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Half Moon Bay State Beach
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State Park Half Moon Bay Beach
Junior Rangers, Campfire Programs, Guided walks
Date: Every day (Jun 29-Aug 31) from 11:00am to 3:00pm


Junior Rangers

Fridays and Saturdays at 3pm

Discover the fascinating secrets of the beach! Explore, practice outdoor skills, and play games as you learn about plants, animals, geology, and more. This one-hour program is designed for kids ages 7-12. Sorry parents, this program is for kids only! Please register your child 15 minutes before the program begins at the Francis State Beach Visitor Center. Please be sure your child is dressed for active play in the outdoors. Event is free; day-use fee for vehicles is $10. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association, and California State Parks.

 

Campfire Program

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30pm

Join us in our new campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about beach ecology, creatures of the ocean or stories of the park while relaxing by the beach. Event is free; day-use fee for vehicles is $10. Event made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 

Guided Walk: Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park

Sunday, July 22 at 10am 

Journey back in time to discover the lives of early pioneers on this two-mile stroll along Mills Creek at Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park. Meet at the Burleigh Murray parking lot located on Higgins-Purisima Road 1.5 miles east of Highway 1. Bring water and snacks; close toed shoes, layer clothing, and binoculars recommended. Appropriate for children age seven and older accompanied by parent. Rain cancels. For information call (650) 726-8819 or email HMBparksvolunteer@parks.ca.gov.

 

Guided Walk: Sequoia Audubon Trail

Sunday, July 1 at 10am

Sunday, July 15 at 1pm

Join us for a one-mile stroll along the California Coast into the Pescadero Marsh, a popular bird watching location.  Meet at the Pescadero State Beach central parking lot located on Highway 1, one-quarter mile north of Pescadero Creek Road in Pescadero. Bring water, and snacks; close toed shoes, layer clothing, sunscreen and binoculars recommended. Children age 7 and older are welcomed, accompanied by parent. No pets. Rain cancels. For information call (650) 726-8819 or email HMBparksvolunteer@parks.ca.gov.

 

Guided Walk: McNee Ranch, Montara State Beach

Saturday, July 14 at 10am

Join us for a two-mile stroll along the California coast and enjoy stunning views, remnants of the long-gone Ocean Shore Railroad and WWII era bunker. Meet at Gray Whale Cove State Beach Parking Lot on Highway 1 just south of Devil's Slide. Bring water and snacks; close toed shoes, layer clothing, and binoculars recommended. Children age 7 and older are welcomed, accompanied by parent. All pets must be on leash. Rain cancels. For information call (650) 726-8819 or email HMBparksvolunteer@parks.ca.gov


Location: 95 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay Map
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Meet the Artist: Brad Burkhart
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Sierra Azul Nursery
Beautiful sculpture amidst beautiful gardens
Date: 08/04/2018 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Get to know Sculpture IS artist, Brad Burkhart,
who will hold a special, focused session about his artwork at Sierra Azul Nursery & Gardens. Brad will bring his sketches and discuss the evolution of his work, creation process, and naming sessions he developed for his sculptures. This is a great opportunity to get a closer understanding of the inspiration for his work while fueling your own creativity and vision. Please arrive on time to get the full benefit of the presentation. This event is free.


Location: 2660 E. Lake Ave (Hwy 152), Watsonville Map
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Street Smarts Back-to-School Traffic Safety Blast
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Santa Cruz Police
Family-friendly booths with free games and prizes plus bike safety obstacle course
Date: 08/04/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm


SAVE THE DATE: Street Smarts Back-to-School Traffic Safety Blast on Saturday, Aug. 4, welcomes you to 12 family-friendly booths with free games and prizes plus bike safety obstacle course.

Enter a free raffle with 25 prizes including new bike, helmets and safety gear.

We hope to see you at Laurel Park, 301 Center St., from 10 am to 12 pm.


Location: Laurel Park, 301 Center St, Santa Cruz Map
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Life on the Ranch Day - The Early Days on a Dairy Farm
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: Every Su and Sa
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Weekends from 11:00am-3:00pm, tours of the ranch houses at 1:00pm

Life on the Ranch Day - The Early Days on a Dairy Farm
Saturday, August 11 from 11am to 3pm

 

Wilder Ranch State Park invites you to experience old-time activities from its rancho, dairy farm, and cowboy rodeo days. Hands-on activities and living history presentations may include butter churning, ice cream making, roping skills, and demonstrations in the ranch buildings. Come for a picnic on the lawn and follow it up with a game of tug of war, sack races, hoops, stilts, and Wilder Ranch's famous old-fashioned bubbles! This event is appropriate for all ages. Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
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Outlook from Mt. McAbee Hike
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State Park Big Basin
We'll stop at the top and enjoy the lovely ocean views, returning through a beautiful old-growth redwood forest.
Date: Every 4 weeks on Sa (Aug 4-Aug 25) at 10:30am

Special Instructions: Sept 20 and 30

Outlook from Mt. McAbee Hike

Saturday, August 4 at 10:30am

Saturday, August 25 at 10:30am

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 Big Basin Redwood State Park Headquarters. Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. Events made possible my California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
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La Selva Beach Summer Fair
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Library La Selva Beach
Buy books, brews, baked good and listen to live music on the lawn with Toby Gray Highway Buddha, Jane Medith Daugherty, Girls &
Date: 08/04/2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A Aug 2018) BooksAndBrewsLaSelvaBeach.jpgArts & crafts fair, book sale, bake sale, food truck, local microbrews, face painting, and kids' crafts! Live music on the lawn with: Toby Gray Highway Buddha, Jane Meredith Daugherty, Girls & Company, Barnyard Birds, and Honeytone.

 

Event sponsored by La Selva Beach Improvement Association & Friends of the La Selva Beach Library.

 

 


Location: 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
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Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure
Date: Every Su and Sa
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

Old-Growth Redwood Tours

Saturday, November 3 at 11am

Saturday, November 10 at 11am

Saturday, November 17 at 11am

Saturday, November 24 at 11am

Are there different kinds of redwoods? How do coastal redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? Why are there so few old growth trees left?  How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the visitor center.

 

Event is free. Vehicle day-use fee is $10.

 

Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
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Reading In the Redwoods
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Library Felton
Join our monthly book club!
Date: Every Su and Sa from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


(0 A Aug 2018) LibraryFelton_ReadingInRedwoods.jpgReading in the Redwoods book group meets monthly at the Felton Library on the fourth Wednesday at 6:15 pm.

 

Copies of the book are usually available at the Felton branch library.

For more information call 427-7708 or drop by the branch.

 

To be added to the book group email list, please call 831-427-3151.


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
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Annual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition
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Santa Cruz Art League
California's foothills, mountains, seashores, and deserts of the interior and coastal regions by California artists
Date: Every day (Jul 6-Aug 5)


(0 April 2018) MoonriseAtHarkinsSlough.jpgAnnual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition

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

 

    Friday, July 6 - Sunday, August 5, 2018
    Reception: July 6, First Friday, 6-8pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
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Jays and Murrelets Demonstration
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State Park Big Basin
Come watch our Jay researchers as they set up their nets to capture and band the Stellerís Jays.
Date: 08/04/2018 at 8:30am


Jays and Murrelets Demonstration

Saturday, August 4 at 8:30am

Birds with bracelets? Come watch our Jay researchers as they set up their nets to capture and band the Steller’s Jays. Find out what their learning about these clever birds. 1 hour. Meet at Big Basin Redwood State Park Headquarters. Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. Events made possible my California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Redwood Grove Loop Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: Every Su and Sa
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See varying hours

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 2pm

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 Big Basin Redwood State Park Headquarters.

 

Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. Events made possible my California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Kid's Tool Workshop
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Home Depot
Free kids workshops teach do-it-yourself skills and tool safety
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: 5-12 Admission Fees: Free

(A Oct) Home-Depot-Kids2.jpgDesigned for kids ages 5-12, these free workshops teach do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while instilling a sense of accomplishment.

 

Offered on the first Saturday of each month between 9 a.m. and noon at The Home Depot.

 

Watsonville, 355 S. Green Valley Rd, (831)786-9877
Capitola, 2600 41st Ave, (831)462-5650

Salnas, 1890 N. Davis Road

 

 


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Family Nature Program
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State Park Big Basin
Nature for the little ones!
Date: Every Sa (Jun 16-Sep 1) at 10:00am
Ages: 3-6 and families Admission Fees: Free

Family Nature Program

Saturdays at 10am

Join a Big Basin Interpreter for a 30-minute kids’ nature activity. Family friendly. Meet at Big Basin Redwood State Park Nature Museum.

 

Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. Events made possible my California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Adobe Tour
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State Park Mission
Gain insight into the oldest building in Santa Cruz
Date: Every 4 weeks on Su and Sa (Aug 4-Aug 26) at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: See specific days & times

Adobe Tour

Join us at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for a guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Learn about the many families who have called this 180-year-old mission adobe their home. Event is free. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School St. off Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz. Please call (831) 425-5849 for more information.

 

Events made possible by California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks.

 

 


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Day Out with Thomas
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Roaring Camp
A train ride with ThomasTM, picture taking with Sir Topham Hatt,TM temporary tattoos, face painting, bounce houses, storytelling
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Jul 27-Aug 5)
Admission Fees: $20 - $24
Special Instructions: July 28-30 & Aug 4-6

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Day Out with ThomasTM

JULY 27 - 29 & AUGUST 1 - 5

Join Thomas the Tank EngineTM for the Big Adventures Tour 2018 through the Big Trees. Your ticket includes a fun-filled day of activities: a train ride with ThomasTM, picture taking with Sir Topham HattTM, temporary tattoos, face painting, bounce houses, storytelling, bubble making, live entertainment, train play tables, and more! So bring the family, come early, and enjoy the day.

 

Purchase tickets here

 

What is Day Out With ThomasTM?

Day Out With ThomasTM is a family event that offers aspiring engineers and their families the unique opportunity to take a ride with the classic storybook engine, Thomas the Tank EngineTM at regional heritage railroads across the country.

 

Who is Thomas the Tank Engine?

Since Thomas the Tank Engine left the depot more than 65 years ago, this Really Useful Engine and his Island of Sodor friends have chugged their way into the hearts of preschoolers and grownups worldwide. Based on The Railway Series of classic stories authored by a father who loved trains and wanted a shared experience with his son, Thomas & FriendsTM is a rite of passage that inspires the imagination while teaching the life lessons of friendship, exploration and cooperation.


Location: Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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Half Moon Bay Hikes & Junior Rangers
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State Park Half Moon Bay
Date: Every day (Aug 1-Aug 31)
Ages: 7 and older Admission Fees: free

Half Moon Bay State Beach

95 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay

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Junior Rangers

Fridays and Saturdays at 3pm

Discover the fascinating secrets of the beach! Explore, practice outdoor skills, and play games as you learn about plants, animals, geology, and more. This one-hour program is designed for kids ages 7-12. Sorry parents, this program is for kids only! Please register your child 15 minutes before the program begins at the Francis State Beach Visitor Center. Please be sure your child is dressed for active play in the outdoors. Event is free; day-use fee for vehicles is $10. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association, and California State Parks.

 

Campfire Program

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30pm

Join us in our new campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about beach ecology, creatures of the ocean or stories of the park while relaxing by the beach. Event is free; day-use fee for vehicles is $10. Event made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 

Guided Walk: Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park

Sunday, August 26 at 10am 

Journey back in time to discover the lives of early pioneers on this two-mile stroll along Mills Creek at Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park. Meet at the Burleigh Murray parking lot located on Higgins-Purisima Road 1.5 miles east of Highway 1. Bring water and snacks; close toed shoes, layer clothing, and binoculars recommended. Appropriate for children age seven and older accompanied by parent. Rain cancels. For information call (650) 726-8819 or email HMBparksvolunteer@parks.ca.gov.

 

Guided Walk: Sequoia Audubon Trail

Sunday, August 5 at 10am

Sunday, August 19 at 1pm

Join us for a one-mile stroll along the California Coast into the Pescadero Marsh, a popular bird watching location.  Meet at the Pescadero State Beach central parking lot located on Highway 1, one-quarter mile north of Pescadero Creek Road in Pescadero. Bring water, and snacks; close toed shoes, layer clothing, sunscreen and binoculars recommended. Children age 7 and older are welcomed, accompanied by parent. No pets. Rain cancels. For information call (650) 726-8819 or email HMBparksvolunteer@parks.ca.gov


Location: Pescadero State Beach, Hwy 1, Pescadero Map
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Evening Campfire Programs
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State Park Big Basin
An evening of song and story
Date: Every Mon, Tues, Th and Sa (Aug 1-Aug 31) at 7:00pm


Evening Campfire Programs

Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday at 7pm (No campfires August 25, 27-30)

Join us in our historic campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about redwood ecology, creatures of the forest or stories of the park while relaxing in the shadows of the towering trees. Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 7pm; program begins at 7:30pm. Wheelchair, stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome! Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.

 

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Discover the Sandhills
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State Park Henry Cowell
Discover the unique and diverse Santa Cruz Sandhills habitat on this 2-mile stroll to the observation deck
Date: Every Su and Sa (Aug 4-Aug 12) at 3:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Vehicle day-use fee is $10

Discover the Santa Cruz Sandhills

Saturday, August 4 at 3pm

Sunday, August 5 at 3pm

Saturday, August 11 at 3pm

Sunday, August 12 at 3pm

Discover the unique and diverse Santa Cruz Sandhills habitat on this 2-mile stroll to the observation deck. Meet at the Campfire Center, in the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 

Santa Cruz Sandhills.

 

 


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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DIY Family Crafts @ Branciforte
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Library Branciforte
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 4:00pm


DIY Family Crafts @ Branciforte (11:00 AM-4:00 PM)
Location: Branciforte Branch
Drop in with your family and make something fun!


Location: 230 Gault Street, Santa Cruz Map
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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
Ages: All

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

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


Location: 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
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Free Daily Entertainment
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Beach Boardwalk
World-class magicians, acrobats, jugglers, and comedians-all performing FREE at two stages inside the park.
Date: Every day (Jun 18-Aug 17) from 12:00pm to 6:00pm


(0 A June 2018) BB_cap-jack-1-wq.jpgFREE Daily Entertainment

 

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

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

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

The Entertainers and the Schedule



Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Tour the Pacific Migrations Center
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State Park New Brighton
Self-guided tour highlights history of Pacific Rim migrations
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 7-12

 Tour the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach

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

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

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

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


Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
A moveable feast of fresh, locally grown produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats and poultry, baked goods, music and good comp
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed and Sa
Ages: All

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

 

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

 

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

 

Santa Cruz/Downtown Weds 2:30-6:00 Lincoln & Cedar Year-round
Santa Cruz/West Side
Sat 9-1 2801 Mission Year-round
Scotts Valley Sat 9-1 King's Village Dr April - October
Live Oak/East Side
Sun 9-1 15th & Eastcliff Dr Year-round
Felton Tues 2:30-6:30 120 Russell Ave May - Oct

Location: 2801 Mission St, Santa Cruz Map
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Do It Yourself Craft
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Sa from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 3-6

(1:30 PM-4:30 PM)


Join the fun on Saturdays between 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm.

 

 


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Family Arts & Crafts- Garfield Park
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Library Garfield
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: 3-6

Get crafty! A Do-It-Yourself craft will be ready and waiting for families, independent-minded kids and teens! Children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

 

 

 


Location: 705 Woodrow Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival
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City of Watsonville
Strawberries, music, food and strawberries every way you can imagine
Date: Every day (Aug 4-Aug 5) from 10:00am to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A Aug 2018) StrawberryFestWats2018.jpgThe Annual Watsonville Strawberry Festival at Monterey Bay is in downtown Watsonville.

 

The Watsonville Strawberry Festival traces its roots to the Watsonville Strawberry Dessert Festival that was founded in 1995 to help downtown Watsonville recover from the Loma Prieta earthquake. The Festival now exists to:

 

  • Provide a safe, family-friendly experience  in downtown Watsonville;
  • Recognize the largest and most valuable crop in the Pajaro Valley; and
  • Provide non-profit organizations the opportunity to raise funds and public awareness of their work and how their work makes Watsonville a better place for everyone.

2018 Main Stage Schedule


Check out all of the great performers and contests on the corner of Main and Beach.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

MAIN STAGE

11:00AM - 12:00PM

Sams school of rock

12:00PM - 12:30PM

Pie Eating Contest/Set-up

12:30PM -1:30PM

Fiera Nortena

1:30PM -2:00PM

Pie Eating Contest/Set-up

2:00PM -3:00PM

The Ville Band

3:00PM -3:30PM

Pie Eating Contest/Set-up

3:30PM -4:30PM

Sun Gun Jones

4:30PM -5:00PM

Pie Eating Contest/Set-up

5:00PM - 6:00PM

Chicano All Stars

 

Sunday, August 5, 2018

MAIN STAGE

11:00AM - 12:00PM

Victory Lane

12:00PM - 12:30PM

Pie Eating Contest/Set-up

12:30PM - 1:30PM

Impacto 5

1:30PM - 2:00PM

Pie Eating Contest/Set-up

2:00PM - 3:00PM

Harping Jonny and The Groovehounds

3:00PM - 3:30PM

Pie Eating Contest/Set-up

3:30PM - 4:30PM

Tributo Dinamita con Rumba Cafe

4:30PM - 5:00PM

Pie Eating Contest/Set-up

5:00PM - 6:00PM

BANDA PELIGRO

 


Location: Downtown Plaza, Main St, Watsonville Map
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Scottish Games & Celtic Festival
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Scottish Society of the Monterey Peninsula
Pipe bands, Drum Major and Solo and Pipe Band competitions, Highland Dancing, Irish Step Dancing, Sheepdog Herding and...
Date: Every day (Aug 4-Aug 5) from 9:00am to 6:00pm


This very popular Celtic celebration brings the music, dance, food and athletic events of Scotland and Ireland to Monterey County. 

 

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This very popular Celtic celebration brings the music, dance, food and athletic events of Scotland and Ireland to Monterey County.

The Festival features fun activities for the whole family, including wonderful games for the wee ones. Travel to Scotland, Ireland and England without leaving the Monterey Peninsula at this unique annual event.

The Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival offers a variety of live Celtic entertainment with the thrilling sights and sounds of the massed pipe bands on parade featuring hundreds of pipers and drummers, including many award-winning California-based pipe bands. The event includes talented Highland, Country and other types of costumed dancers, special entertainers, athletes, dozens of clans, two very popular whisky tasting seminars, delicious Celtic food, beautiful jewelry and crafts, fun and interactive children's games with prizes, sheepdog and duck herding and much more.  This fun event for all ages is a celebration full of demonstrations, performances and musical entertainment related to many fascinating aspects of Scottish and Gaelic culture.

 

The Children's Glen hosts a number of activities for the little ones. Children of all ages can participate in downsized, mini athletic events (such as caber toss, pillow over the bar and braemar stone putt.) There are also a number of Celtic craft projects and the ever-popular Celtic Quest: hunting for various sites throughout the Festival and returning for a prize.

 

Living History A historical re-enactment portraying life in 16th century Scotland. Performers will entertain and educate you though the medium of living history.

 

Sheep Dogs Watch as these intelligent and highly skilled dogs gently herd sheep and ducks, under their handlers every command. Introduced to livestock as puppies so they "imprint" on the animals these animals are always able to get their ducks in a row! Don't miss this demonstration of instinct combined with careful training and

 

Tickets: Advance discount presale Monterey Scottish Festival tickets are on sale at www.montereyscotgames.com.


Location: Monterey County Fair & Event Cen, 2004 Fairground Rd, Monterey Map
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Brainfuse - Homework Help
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Brainfuse: Free online homework help for students of all ages.
Date: Every day


(AAA July 2015) Brainfuse_HomeworkHelpNow180.jpgFree Academic Help at All Levels.

 

Brainfuse offers live online tutoring in elementary, middle school, high school, college, and adult education.

 

Live Tutoring: Students draw or type their question in our online classroom and receive live homework assistance from a Brainfuse-certified tutor. Our tutors don't simply give answers but help students master underlying academic concepts.

 

SkillSurfer: SkillSurfer includes an extensive library of Brainfuse-created lessons, video tutorials, and practice tests in a wide range of academic subjects, and further integrates them with live tutoring.


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