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Money Matters Financial Literacy Series
Sunnyside Up How to Crack Your Retirement Nest Egg
The 3rd Sa of every month (Sep 16-May 19) from 10:00am to 11:00am
Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map

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.


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State Parks California
Start your year off right, with a rejuvenating visit to California's state parks! Enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise, and ins
Date: 01/01/2018


Big Basin Redwoods State Park:


MONDAY, JANUARY 1, 2018

Sempervirens Falls Hike
Sunday, January 14 at 9 am
This beautiful hike takes you by Sempervirens Falls, old-growth redwoods, Ohlone grinding rocks, the birthplace of Big Basin and more! Join Docent Tom Batley on this 4-mile, 3-hour hike. Bring water and snacks. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Coffee Talk and Crafts
Monday, January 1 from 9:30-12:30
Come to the Sempervirens Room next to Park Headquarters for free coffee or hot chocolate! This is a great way to start your day in Big Basin. Docent Norm Beeson will be happy to answer your questions about the park and help get you going on the right trail. And bring the kids for a fun craft activity!

Meteor Trail Hike
Monday, January 1 at 10:30 am
Join Docent Hal Anjo on one of our most diverse hikes-by mountain streams, oak woodlands, chaparral and redwoods. You'll discuss forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike. This somewhat strenuous ascent is rewarded with ocean views on a clear day. Bring water, lunch and good hiking shoes. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!
Monday, January 1 at 12 noon
Explore the park's less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike is individually tailored to your group. Based on group size, experience level and weather conditions, we'll choose from the many trails that explore our most scenic areas. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Redwood Grove Loop Walk
Monday, January 1 at 1 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. Heavy rain cancels.

 

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park:

Birding for Beginners
Monday, January 1 at 8am
Join us for a morning stroll to discover the wintertime birds of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Meet in the main day-use parking lot, located in the day-use area off Highway 9 in Felton.

Sandhills Hike
Monday, January 1 at 9:30am
Visit one of Santa Cruz's hidden gems on this guided 3-mile hike through a lesser-known portion of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Discover the rare Santa Cruz Sandhills habitat as we hike through old stands of coast live oaks, twisted mazes of manzanitas, tall majestic ponderosas, and ancient redwoods. Meet at the Santa Cruz County Juvenile Hall Parking lot located at 3650 Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley.

Fall Creek Hike
Monday, January 1 at 9am
Hike through a 100 years young forest to examine evidence of the logging history and discover how the Bay Area was built on this 4-hour, 4-mile hike. Join us at one of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Parks hidden treasures and explore the beauty of Fall Creek. Meet at the Fall Creek Parking Lot, approximately 0.5 mile up Felton Empire Road from the Hwy 9 Intersection in Felton. 

Observation Deck Loop Hike
Monday, January 1 at 11am
There and back again - from the redwoods, to the river, to the sandhills, come and experience the multitude of habitats that you can find at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Enjoy a panoramic view while eating lunch with the acorn woodpeckers before returning to the redwoods on this 4-mile, 3.5-hour hike. Meet at the Visitor Center, located in the day-use area located off Hwy 9 in Felton.

Redwood Loop to Cable Car Beach
Monday, January 1 at 12pm
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 on this 1.5-mile, docent-led stroll. Meet at the Visitor Center, located in the day-use area located off Hwy 9 in Felton.

Redwood Loop
Monday, January 1 at 1pm
Every tree has a story, and many have names. Discover their stories on this 1-mile, docent-led stroll through the old-growth redwood grove. Meet at the Visitor Center, located in the day-use area located off Hwy 9 in Felton.

"What's in a Name?"
Monday, January 1 at 2pm
Discover Henry Cowell Redwoods State Parks' past on this 1-mile, 1.5 hour living history stroll through the old-growth redwood grove. Meet at the Visitor Center, located in the day-use area located off Hwy 9 in Felton.

 

New Brighton State Beach


Begin your New Year at New Brighton

Monday, January 1 at 2pm

Experience an unforgettable negative tide and do what is rarely possible - walk the 2-mile roundtrip adventure along the beach from New Brighton to Capitola just before sunset. This staff-and-volunteer-led hike will meet on the sand at New Brighton State Beach just below the day use parking lot. Bring water, snacks, and proper footwear-feet may get wet. We will encounter interesting geologic features in a coastal bluff, 5-million-year-old whale fossils, shell fossils, tide pool creatures such as crabs, chitons, anemones, small fish, and the elusive octopus, and cover the natural history of the area. We will return to New Brighton around 4pm, and may remain on the beach until sunset. For more information, please call 831-685-6444. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks. 1500 Park Avenue, Capitola | (831) 464-6329


Castle Rock State Park

 

First Day Hike

Monday, January 1 at 11am

Meet at Saratoga Gap Area for a 3-hour guided hike that will explore the less traveled parts of Castle Rock State Park. Retired Ranger Miles Standish will take you on a journey to explore the early pathways of the native peoples, park history, redwood ecology, and a secret trail. Event is free. The Saratoga Gap Parking Area is located at the intersection of Highway 9 and Highway 35 in Los Gatos. Please bring water, snacks, hiking shoes, and layered clothing. For more information, please call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks. 1500 Skyline Boulevard, Los Gatos | (831) 291-8273

 

Change through the Years First Day Hike

Monday, January 1 at 1:30pm

Start the New Year off with a guided First Day Hike at Castle Rock State Park. Discover how Castle Rock has changed over time on this easy 1.5-mile hike highlighting geology, plate tectonics, forest ecology, sunlight competition, and Native American presence. Meet at the Castle Rock State Park main entrance off Highway 35/ Skyline Boulevard. Please bring comfortable closed toe shoes, water, and snacks. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $8. For more information, please call (831) 291-8273. Events made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks. 1500 Skyline Boulevard, Los Gatos | (831) 291-8273


Portola Redwoods State Park

From Highway 35, turn west onto Alpine Road, go 3 miles and turn onto Portola State Park Road. The road dead ends in the park.(831) 291-8273 | Instagram @Portola.Redwoods.State.Park

 

First Day Hike

Monday, January 1 at 11am

Start the New Year off amongst the redwoods with us on a six-mile hike through pristine forest and along Slate Creek. This moderate hike begins at the Portola Redwoods Visitor Center. Please bring appropriate hiking footwear, an extra layer of clothing (in case of rain or heavy fog), water, lunch, and snacks. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Events made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Año Nuevo State Park

Located off Hwy1, halfway between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz,1 New Year's Creek Road, Pescadero, CA 94060 | (650) 879- 2025

 

Guided Elephant Seal Walks

Cost: $7 per person + $3.99 reservation fee

www.parks.ca.gov/anonuevo

Journey to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals, guided by your docent naturalist on this moderate 3-mile, 2.5 hour adventure. In the month of December, male elephant seals, or bulls, arrive along the shore of Año Nuevo State Park to establish hierarchy, while pregnant females come ashore to birth to their pups. These popular guided walks take place rain or shine, so be prepared for windy, rainy conditions as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and rain gear is strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted. Pets are not allowed in the park. Vehicle Day use fee is $10. For more information, please call (650) 879-2025 or for recorded information (650) 879-0227.

 

People with accessibility needs may reserve an equal access tour along the boardwalk.

These tours take place on Fridays, weekends, and select holidays. For reservations and information, please call ReserveCalifornia at 1-800-444-4445. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.


Half Moon Bay State Beach

95 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay | (650) 726-8819

 

Burleigh H. Murray Ranch Park Property

Monday, January 1 at 10am

Take a journey back in time on this 2-mile stroll along Mills Creek to discover the lives of early pioneers and farming families who first settled here in the 19th century. Meet at the Burleigh Murray parking lot located on Higgins-Purisima Road 1.5 miles east of Highway 1 near Half Moon Bay. For more information, please call 650-726-8814. Event is free. Please no pets. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 

Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve

Monday, January 1 at 10am

Join us for a 2-mile stroll along the North Pond trail to the Sequoia Audubon Trail to discover what makes this marsh an important stop for migrating birds. Meet at the Pescadero State Beach central parking lot on Highway 1, approximately 0.25 miles north of Pescadero Creek Road. Please no pets. For more information, please call 650-726-8814. Event is free. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 

McNee Ranch - Montara State Beach

Gray Whale Cove Trail

Monday, January 1 at 10am

Join us for a moderate 2-mile, 2-hour hike along the scenic Gray Whale Cove Trail at McNee Ranch, Montara State Beach.  Discover ocean views, coastal plants, wildlife, and historic sites.  Rain cancels; event is free. Meet at the north side of the Gray Whale Cove State Beach parking lot on Highway 1 just south of the Tom Lantos tunnel. For more information, please call 650-726-8814. Event is free. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.


Natural Bridges State Beach

2531 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz | (831) 423-4609

 

Monarch Butterfly Talk

Monday, January 1 at 2pm

Meet at the visitor center for a Monarch Butterfly talk. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 423-4609. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

Bird Walk

Monday, January 1 at 10am

Join us for a stroll through the habitats of Natural Bridges State Beach to discover wintertime birds. Participants should expect to stop frequently, stand still, and listen quietly during the walk. Birders of all experience levels are welcome, from first timers to avid experts. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 423-4609 ext. 8. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park

Located on School Street off Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz | (831) 425-5849

 

Gardens of Time

Monday, January 1 at 2pm

Stroll through history as you visit the various gardens within our courtyard and patio at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. We can learn a good deal about people who lived here in the past by exploring the plants they used and cultivated. Tour our native plant gardens, demonstration vegetable beds and Victorian "Nearyland". Take home history in a seed. Event is free; rain cancels. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

Wilder Ranch State Park

Located two miles north of Santa Cruz, on Highway 1 (831) 426-0505Visitor Center Open Thursday through Sunday 10am-4pm


Engelsman Loop

Monday, January 1 at 9am

On this 3.6-mile, 2-hour moderate hike we'll explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills of Wilder Ranch. This hike includes several descents and ascents. Meet at the Interpretive Center. Please no pets. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

 

Old Cove Landing Trail

Monday, January 1 at 11am

On this two-hour natural history excursion, you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of our coastal bluffs. Meet at the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center. Binoculars are available to borrow. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


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Chamber of Commerce Capitola-Soquel
Ice skate by the sea!!
Date: Every day (Dec 15-Jan 7)
Admission Fees: $10 with ice skate rentals available for $5, or bring your own

(0 Nov 2017) IceSkating.jpgiSKATE Capitola glides into California's oldest seaside resort town for three weeks of unique winter fun.

 

Trade your flip-flops for ice skates and enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience at Santa Cruz County's first eco-friendly, synthetic ice rink, located in Esplanade Park, in front of the stage and overlooking Capitola Beach and the Monterey Bay.

 

 


Location: Esplanade Park , Capitola Village Map
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Kirby Shadow Days
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Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School
How do students know if Kirby is a good fit? A shadow day is an ideal way to find out
Date: Every Mon (Nov 1-May 1)
Ages: Family Admission Fees: FREE

Shadow Day

How do students know if Kirby is a good fit? A shadow day is an ideal way to find out. We will pair your student with a student host with similar interests. Together they will experience a "day in the life" at Kirby. They will attend classes together, hang out with other Kirby students, and enjoy lunch with their host and some of their friends.

 

How it works:

  • Monday is our preferred shadow day because of our block schedule. However, a shadow day can be scheduled any day of the week.
  • Student shadows are treated to a hot lunch made fresh in our kitchen.
  • Schedule your shadow day through the Admissions Office. Call (831) 423-0658 ×202.

Location: 425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz Map
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FIRST NIGHT MONTEREY
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First Night Monterey
Dance, play, act, perform, create and sing our way into 2018!
Date: Every day (Dec 17-Jan 1) from 3:00pm to 12:01am
Admission Fees: $0 - $20

Welcome to our FNM 2018 website, celebrating 25 years! Planning is being finalized and we will keep you updated with changes as they occur. Watch for a complete listing of performers, coming later this month (you can see a sneak peek here). 80% of the performances are indoors and an FNM Button is your ticket to those performances. 

 

Kids' Night Out! The First Act for the Young and Young-at-Heart

The most creative New Year's Eve you will have with your family!

Kids' Night Out! The First Act for the Young and Young-at-Heart

First Night is Monterey's most exciting, imaginative and uplifting cultural event. FNM is an affordable, alcohol-free family celebration of the arts on New Year's Eve from the 3 pm Opening Ceremony to the Countdown to Midnight; our theme for FNM 2018 celebrates "25 Years of Magic". The many performances range from Classical to Hip-Hop, Jazz to Reggae, dance and artwork.

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The most creative New Year's Eve you will have with your family!

Kids' Night Out (5 and under free) features music & art activities for the younger set, culminating with the Costume Contest & Twilight Procession at 5:30 pm.

 

At 3:00 p.m. kick-off at Colton Lawn on Pacific Street, culminating with the Twilight Parade at 5:30 p.m on Alvarado Street serving as the kids' Finale. Music, song, drumming, dance, ballet, face art, art creating, hat making and more! Check out the Colton Lawn on Pacific Street, the Monterey Art Museum and the Work Building on Alvarado Street for activities to complete artful time.

 

Make sure to have your FNM button - admission to all the fun for the over-5 set! Please refer to the afternoon and evening grids to plan your New Year's Eve and participate in all the fun! Thanks to First Five Monterey County for their support of the free kids' activities.


Location: Historic Downtown, Alvarez St, Monterey Map
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Holiday Ice Skating
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Beach Boardwalk
Ice skate by the beach, on real ice!
Date: Every day (Nov 11-Jan 7)
Admission Fees: Each 1-hour session includes ice skate rental. $12

Boardwalk Holiday Ice
Presented by Dignity Health Medical Network

November 11, 2017- January 7, 2018

Celebrate this holiday season with a new family tradition - ice skating at the Boardwalk!

Festivities Include:

  • Ice Skating by the Beach - on Real Ice!
  • Holiday Lights and Decorations
  • Boardwalk Rides* & Games
  • Indoor Arcades, Mini Golf, and Laser Tag
  • Classic Holiday Movies

Schedule

November 11 - December 24, 2017, and January 2 - 7, 2018

Fridays-Sundays: 12pm-9pm

Mondays-Thursdays: 4pm-9pm

December 25, 2017 - January 1, 2018

12pm-9pm

Ice Skating

Our new 40' x 60' covered ice skating rink is open rain or shine!

Each 1-hour session includes ice skate rental.

$12

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Reserve your ice skating session before you arrive!

(Online reservations coming in November)

 

*Please call (831) 423-5590 the day of your visit to confirm which rides and games are open.

 


Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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Free First Friday
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Enjoy our intertidal touch pool, large-screen microscope, and geology exhibit and "dig pit".
Date: Every day from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: FREE

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


Location: East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Volunteer and Bring Wilder Ranch History to Life!
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State Park Wilder Ranch
To share your time and make these programs possible, please call the park at (831) 426-0505. Submit a volunteer application now
Date: Every day (Jan 1-Jan 27)
Ages: day parking fee
Special Instructions: Located two miles north of Santa Cruz, on Highway 1

Volunteer and Bring Wilder Ranch History to Life!


Join Wilder Ranch State Park's Docent Program 

Wilder Ranch State Park volunteers are trained to interpret the natural and cultural history of the park and contribute to the inspiration, education and enjoyment of Park visitors. Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about local history, as well as participate in historic costuming, ranch tours, animal tours, nature walks, living history demonstrations, special events and more. 

Applications for the 2018 volunteer training session are now being accepted. Space is limited. Please call (831) 426-0505 or email for more information. Docent training starts Saturday, Jan. 27, and runs for seven weeks. 

 

 

Volunteer docents help with school group programs, present living history demonstrations, put on events like the annual Harvest Festival, help care for farm animals, lead hikes and building tours and host the visitor center. Wilder Ranch is especially seeking volunteers to help on weekdays with its "Ranch Kids Day" program, where school-children experience local history as they visit a host of hands-on stations led by docents.

 

The success of this program is based on the number of volunteers available to lead each activity.

 

Students come from local schools to try their hand at many early-day tasks including forging iron in the blacksmith shop, examining the workings of the water-powered Pelton Wheel, grooming the horses, churning butter from fresh cream, baking muffins and cookies and preparing vegetable soup on the wood burning oven, shucking corn to feed to the chickens, and washing laundry using bar soap, a grater, tubs, washboards, wringers and an old-fashioned iron. The day is an unforgettable lesson in local history for the kids.

 

Call (831) 426-0505 to sign up and become a docent at one of Santa Cruz's most treasured state parks!


Location: Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map
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Gardens of Time
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State Park Mission
Tour the native plant beds, neophyte kitchen garden, and memories of Victorian Nearyland. Take home history in a seed
Date: 01/01/2018 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Gardens of Time

Monday, January 1 at 2pm

Stroll through history as you visit the various gardens within our courtyard and patio at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. We can learn a good deal about people who lived here in the past by exploring the plants they used and cultivated. Tour our native plant gardens, demonstration vegetable beds and Victorian "Nearyland". Take home history in a seed.

 

Event is free. Rain Cancels. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Holiday Movies
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Beach Boardwalk
Free Christmas and Hanukkah movies
Date: Every day (Dec 14-Jan 7)
Admission Fees: Free

Classic holiday movies

Through Jan. 7, 2018 - 6pm-9pm at the Neptune's Stage (near the Pirate Ship) 

On outdoor screen near Ice Rink (More on skating here).

 

Admission free!

 

From Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk:

"Share the tradition of these nostalgic short films.

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
  • Frosty the Snowman (2000)
  • Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

"Thursday, Dec 14 watch Maccabees: The Story of Hanukkah will rotate 6pm-9pm."

 

Schedule

November 11 - December 24, 2017, and January 2 - 7, 2018

Fridays-Sundays: 12pm-9pm**

Mondays-Thursdays: 4pm-9pm

December 25, 2017 - January 1, 2018

12pm-9pm**


Location: Near Ice Rink, 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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The quilts are back!
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Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Beautiful quilts on exhibit!
Date: Every day (Dec 11-Apr 15)
Admission Fees: Free - $5

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The Museum has partnered with the Monterey Peninsula Quilters Guild for a new temporary exhibit, "Wildflowers Through a Quilter's Eyes," beginning with an opening reception on Monday, December 11th, from 6-8 p.m. This temporary exhibit will be on display through mid-April.


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Location: 165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove Map
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Curious Contraptions
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Exploratorium
A temporary exhibition of the charming, often hilarious mechanical sculptures known as automata
Date: Every day (Nov 16-Jan 28) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Pier 15, which is on the Embarcadero at Green Street

(0 Nov 2017) Exloratorium_CuriousContraptions.jpgExplore small, surreal worlds at Curious Contraptions, a temporary exhibition of the charming, often hilarious mechanical sculptures known as automata. Like complex mechanical toys, these whimsical machines are brought to life by intricate arrangements of handmade cams, cranks, and other simple mechanisms.

 

Each sculpture performs an absurd miniature drama reflecting its maker's worldview and sense of humor. Take a look at their exposed inner workings and investigate the low-tech mechanisms that make these automata move.

 

This year, Curious Contraptions features the varied viewpoints of artists including Carlos Zapata, Paul Spooner, Keith Newstead, and Fi Henshall, plus artist residencies with Zapata, Hernán Lira, and Noga Elhassid.

 

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Location: Pier 15, San Francisco Map
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Elephant Seal Walks
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State Park Ano Nuevo
3 mile hike over sand and sloping terrain to see thousands of elephant seals, including newborn pups, their mothers, and bulls
Date: Every day (Oct 20-Mar 31)
Ages: All: (Lots of walking) Admission Fees: Guided $7; Self-guided free
Special Instructions: Dec 15 - Mar 31

Explore Año Nuevo with a Docent Naturalist

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Guided Elephant Seal Walks

Ticket sales open Friday, October 20

Cost: $7 per person + $3.99 reservation fee

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Journey to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals, guided by your docent naturalist on this moderate 3-mile, 2.5 hour adventure. In the month of December, male elephant seals, or bulls, arrive along the shore of Año Nuevo State Park to establish hierarchy, while pregnant females come ashore to birth to their pups.

 

These popular guided walks take place rain or shine, so be prepared for windy, rainy conditions as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and rain gear is strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted. Pets are not allowed in the park. Parking is $10. For more information, please call (650) 879-2025 or for recorded information (650) 879-0227.

 

People with accessibility needs may reserve an equal access tour along the boardwalk.

These tours take place on Fridays, weekends, and select holidays. For reservations and info call ReserveCalifornia at 1-800-444-4445. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 

Self-Guided Seal Walks

Daily, between 8:30am and 3:30pm (Natural Preserve closes at 5pm)

Stroll over sand dunes, enjoy beautiful ocean views, and gain a unique opportunity to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals on this 3-mile, 2.5-hour self-guided trail! Visit the female elephant seals as they return to shore to molt, or shed their fur, in this annual excursion.  Additionally, young pups are still ashore from the winter breeding season. Layered clothing, closed-toes shoes, and rain/wind gear are strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted inside the dune area. Pets are not allowed in the park. Walk is free; day-use vehicle fee is $10. Entrance to the reserve for your self-guided walk requires a free permit that can be obtained at the entrance station, or the Visitor Center. Please contact the park at 650-879-2025 for further information.

 

If you require mobility assistance, you may request a volunteer-led equal access tour. You will board our accessible van and get a ride to our wheelchair-accessible boardwalk. A volunteer(s) will accompany you to the two seal-viewing decks, explain the Northern elephant seal natural history, the history of the park, and answer questions. Reservations are required. Please, allow a 2-week advance notice. The volunteer led tour is free, day-use vehicle fee is $10. Contact the park at 650-879-2033 or email Ano.EqualAccess@parks.ca.gov. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.


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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Location: 2801 Mission St, Santa Cruz Map
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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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Coastal Art & Poetry Exhibition
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
A Special Family Friendly Science Sunday
Date: Every Su, Tues, Th, Fri and Sa (Dec 1-Jan 31) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: $6-$8

COASTAL ART & POETRY CONTEST WINNING ENTRIES

December 2017 - January 2018

 December 2017 - January 2018

The Seymour Center is happy to display winning entries from the 2017 Coastal Commission's Coastal Art & Poetry Contest.

 

This beautiful art and poetry features a California coastal or California marine theme, all done by K-12 students from across the state.

 

Show these students your support for their creations!

 

Holiday Closures
Sunday, December 24
Monday, December 25
Sunday, December 31
Monday, January 1, 2018


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
One-on-One Tech Tutoring
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Library Aptos
A tech savvy librarian will provide instruction in the use of a wide range of technology services
Date: Every Wed from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

One-on-One Tech Tutoring


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

 

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

 

First-come, First-served. FREE


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831)427-7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Code Combat
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Library Central
Learn basic coding skills easily
Date: Every Wed (Sep 13-Dec 14) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

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


Additional Information

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


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7707x7648 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Play & Talk! Play Group
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Live Oak Family Resource Center
Date: Every Wed from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: Toddlers 18-30 months & Parents

Toddlers (18-30 months) & Parents Support Classes combine the elements of a playgroup, support group and a chance to learn more about your child's development.  Come meet other parents and children, observe and discuss child development and build confidence in your parenting skills.  Enjoy seeing your child interact with other children and explore an environment set-up with them in mind.  Classes are facilitated by experienced and friendly teachers.


Location: 1740 17th Av, Capitola Map
Phone: 831.476.7284 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Cabinet of Curiosities Exhibition
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San Lorenzo Valley Museum
An exhibition of the strange, weird, unusual, fantastic, and FUN objects we collect in our life's adventures.
Date: Every Su, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Dec 15-Jan 28) from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

(0 Dec 2017) slvmus_CabinetCuriosities.jpgCabinet of Curiosities Exhibition

An exhibition of the strange, weird, unusual, fantastic, and FUN objects we collect in our life's adventures.

Have something unusual to share - what have you collected on your life's adventures? Something from a relative, bought on a trip, found in the yard, made at work - let us make this the most unusual collection of exhibited items - younger, older, and in-between-er's are encouraged to share their treasured possessions.

 

Contact slvmcollections@sbcglobal.net.

Opening Reception December 16, 2-4pm

This special holiday exhibition will be on display from Friday December 15 through January 28, 2018.


Location: 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8382 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Robo Sumo
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Library Scotts Valley
Try your hand at the not-so-ancient-art of building Sumo wrestling robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS
Date: Every Wed (Sep 13-Jan 10) from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 7 to 18

Robo Sumo

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

 

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


Location: Scotts Valley Library, 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 831.427.7717 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
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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Citizen Science: Environteers
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Learn about ways to preserve our naturalresources.
Date: The 1st Th of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Citizen Science: Environteers

SCPL News

We can all have an impact on preserving our natural resources. This month, Citizen Science invites you to learn about ways to do just that. Led by Andy Carman of Environteers, a local group dedicated to promoting environmental organizations in Santa Cruz County and connecting people with volunteer opportunities, our discussion will also give participants a chance to talk about their favorite project.

 

Presenter Andy Carman is Chief Instigator of Environteers, is a psychologist, and is committed to full participation in restoring our environment and global reforestation to help reverse climate change.

 

Citizen Science is a collaboration between the Santa Cruz Public Libraries; the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History (SCMNH), the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery (SCCMOD) and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).

 

We invite you to join us every first Thursday of the month for a presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, climatology and more. Let's connect, inspire and inform each other!

 

For more information contact pro@santacruzpl.org • 831-427-7717

 


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Mission Strategy Game
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State Park Mission
Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18th century
Date: Every Mon and Th (Jan 4-Jan 15) at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza

Mission Strategy Game

Thursday, January 4 from 11am to 12:30pm

Monday, January 15 from 11am to 12:30pm

Gather around the table and play a board game set in the 18th century. Spend Spanish real coins and roll the sheep’s knucklebone to determine the fate of your mission. Geared for ages 8 and older. Event is free. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-1840. •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Internet Skills
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Library Central
Visit the library for an adventure in learning -
Date: Every Th (Jan 4-Jan 25) from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Ages: Adult Admission Fees: Free

Join us for a hands-on guide to using the Internet for research, work, education, social interaction and more. We're starting with browsers and working our way up.

 

Thursdays: January 4th,11th,18th and 25th

4:30pm-5:30pm

Downtown Branch: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Always free!

 


Location: Downtown Library, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz 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 Su and Fri (Jan 5-Jan 28)
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: See specific days & times

Santa Cruz Mission Adobe Tour

Friday, January 5 at 2pm

Sunday, January 14 at 1pm

Sunday, January 28 at 1pm

Join us at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for a free 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 Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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8 Tens @ 8 Short Play Festival
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Actors Theatre
8 short plays each night
Date: Every day (Jan 5-Feb 4)


(0 January 2018) ActorsTheatre_8Tens.jpg8 Tens @ 8 Short Play Festival, January 5 - February 4, 2018

The 23rd annual 10-minute play festival is one of the most anticipated and popular events of the theatre season in Santa Cruz! Always a sell-out - get your tickets early!

 

Sixteen awarded short plays, from our annual international playwriting contest, are performed and directed by some of the best the Santa Cruz theatre community has to offer.

 

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The Festival performs 8 short plays each night, running in rep as "A" Night and "B" Night.

"A" NIGHT

"B" NIGHT

ESTHER WILLIAMS EXPLAINED

by Eileen Valentino Flaxman. Directed by Peter Gelblum

 

HOMECOMING by Jeffrey Strausser. Directed by Gail Borkowski

AFTER THE DARKNESS by Joe Starzyk.

Directed by Suzanne Schrag & Noel Warwick

M AND THE WATER MAN

by Hannah Vaughn. Directed by Gerry Gerringer

WHILE WAITING FOR THE PLANE

by Steve Capasso. Directed by Davis Banta

THE EXCHANGE by Greg Aktins. Directed by Don Williams

ANONYMOUS DONOR by Mark Nutter. Directed by Helene Jara

LOST & FOUND by Dennis Porter. Directed by Anita Natale

THE NEW CLIENT by Paul Donnelly. Directed by April Bennett

DRIVING LESSON

by Steve "Spike" Wong. Directed by Nat Robinson

PINK ROSES AND APPLE PIE by Lindsey Esplin.

Directed by Sarah Albertson

PHONE SETS by Karen Schamberg & Wilma Chandler.

Directed by Andrew Stewart

HIGH GRASS by Irene Ziegler. Directed by Daria Troxell

DRAGON SKIN by Steve "Spike" Wong. Directed by Don Grube

SKY TRAIL, WILDER by Allston James. Directed by Bill Peters

MICHELANGELO'S JESUS by Paola Bruni. Directed by Jim Schultz

 


Location: 1001 Center St, Santa Cruz Map
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Sgt. Peppers/ Magical Mystery Tour 50th birthday
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Rio Theater
"...the best local symphonic musicians, from the SF symphony, to Santa Cruz symphony to make this a memorable event"
Date: 01/05/2018 from 8:00pm to 11:00pm
Admission Fees: $25 or $40

(0 January 2018) WhiteAlbumEnsemble6guys2013.jpgSgt. Peppers/ Magical Mystery Tour 50th birthday

Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, and its companion piece, Magical Mystery Tour were both released in 1967, 50 years ago. Sgt Peppers is the most popular rock album of all time, a groundbreaking shift in pop music, as the Beatles quit touring, and became serious recording artists.

 

Many songs of the same sessions, like "I Am the Walrus", "Strawberry Fields Forever", "Penny Lane" though thought of as "SPLHCB" were actually on "MMT"- so they make perfect companion pieces.

 

The White Album Ensemble, who have performed sold out live recreations of Beatles music sine their first weekend at the Rio in 2003, are known for using brass, strings, sitars, whatever it takes to do it right, in this case using the best local symphonic musicians, from the SF symphony, to Santa Cruz symphony to make this a memorable event.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $25 Gen, $40 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.tix.com and streetlight records santa cruz
Event website: www.whitealbumensemble.com
Artists website: www.facebook.com

 


Location: 1205 Soquel Avenue, 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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A Walk in the Past
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State Park Big Basin
What makes good food in the forests?
Date: 01/06/2018 at 10:00am
Ages: 5+ or able to hike 4-5 miles Admission Fees: free

A Walk in the Past

Saturdays at 10am

No Safeway? No Home Depot? No Pharmacy? How did the Ohlone Indians survive? Take a walk with Docent Eva Fewel and learn about some of the plants the Ohlones used for food, tools and medicine. This is a 4-mile, 2.5-hour walk. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 338-8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Felling the Giants
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State Park Big Basin
Logger stories and demonstration
Date: 01/06/2018 at 11:30pm


Felling the Giants

Saturday, January 6 at 11:30am

How did lumbermen cut down these tall, tall trees? What was life like in a logging camp? What tools did they use? Join Docent Paul Fewel as he tells stories of the logging days and demonstrates how loggers were able to fell these giants-without chainsaws! You get to use some tools too! Rain cancels. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Painting Workshop: Water
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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: 01/06/2018 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: $65

(0 January 2018) PalaceWater.jpgThe interplay of colors and light shining on water is one of the most wonderful effects to capture in paint. Our subject is a beautiful sunlit waterscape, and we will focus on brushwork techniques and patterns of dark and light, as we explore the magic of reflections in water. Join us for our first art workshop of 2018!

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.

 

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


Location: 1501 41st Ave, Capitola Map
Phone: (831) 464-2700 •website Capitola create a direct event link
Adult Crafts
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Library Felton
Let's have some fun while also helping each other learn and grow as artists and crafters!
Date: Every Su and Sa from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


(0 Oct 2017) LibraryFeltonCraft1.jpgCome join us at The Felton Library for Adult Afternoon Arts and Crafts. It's every Sunday from 2-4:30pm.

 

Bring something portable that you are working on or come prepared to have fun!

 

 


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
Phone: 831-427-3151 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Adoption Fair
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Pet Pals
Date: Every Sa from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


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

  PET PALS
  3660 Soquel Drive
​  Soquel, CA


Location: 3660 Soquel Drive, Soquel Map
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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 at 1:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Also Friday, December 1 at 1pm

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

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 Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure
Date: Every Sa from 11:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

Redwood Tours                                                                                   

Saturdays 11am

How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable docents will lead you through our magnificent old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the Visitors Center in the day-use area of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park located off Highway 9 in Felton. Tour is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
"The Essense Show"
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Louden Nelson Center
A collaborative piece celebrating the oneness of humankind through dance
Date: 01/06/2018
Ages: All Admission Fees: $15 - $30
Special Instructions: 2PM and at 6:30PM

GET YOUR TICKET NOW! Two Shows at the Lauden Nelson in Santa Cruz at 2PM and at 6:30PM January 6th. @ 2Pm and 6:30PM

Cheza Nami Foundation Presents "The Essense Show" in Santa Cruz. This performance is a collaborative piece celebrating the oneness of humankind through dance. Each artist brings his/her individual cultural art form enabling us to celebrate one another and see the world as smaller and more peaceful.


Over 10 different musicians celebrate our shared humanity through dance led by 4 lead choreographers:

Mandjou Kone​,  Nano Lenaud Loubayi Oumou Faye and Dandha Da Hora of SambaDá​. With master artists Malima Kone, Mbor Ngoma Faye, Renato Annicchiarico, Mohamed Kouyate​, Bret Arnold Balekita and Anne Stafford

Produced by: Ciiku Ndungu-Case
Program sponsored in part by grant funding from Arts Council Santa Cruz County

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Location: 301 Center St. , Santa Cruz Map
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Birding Walk, Elkhorn Slough
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Elkhorn Slough
Go on a guided bird hunt, begin or add to your list of sitings
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 8:30am

Special Instructions: Meet in the parking lot behind Whole Enchilada

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

 

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

 

 


Location: 1700 Elkhorn Road , Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 728-2822 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
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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Ranch 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

(0 Oct 2017) Wilder_Baking2.jpgRanch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends with Machine Shop Pelton Water Wheel Demos, baking on the woodstove, and ranch tours.

 

Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505.

 

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


Location: Wilder Ranch , Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map
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Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
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State Park Henry Cowell
Learn how to make a basket with local pine needles!
Date: Every 4 weeks on Sa (Jan 6-Jan 27)
Admission Fees: Event is free; parking is $10.
Special Instructions: 1/6 10am-12pm; 1/27 1pm-3pm

Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
Saturday, January 6 from 10am to 12pm

Saturday, January 27 from 1pm to 3pm

Join Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Docent Cheryl VanDeVeer or a fun, free, family workshop learning how to make a basket from local pine needles. Children 10 and older may attend if accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Visitor Center in the day-use area, located off Highway 9 in Felton. No experience necessary. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
Phone: 831-335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!
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State Park Big Basin
Explore the parks less traveled backcountry,
Date: Every Su and Sa (Jan 6-Jan 27) at 12:00pm
Ages: All

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike

Saturday, January 6 at 12pm

Sunday, January 7 at 12pm

Saturday, January 20 at 12pm

Sunday, January 21 at 12pm

Saturday, January 27 at 12pm

Explore the park's less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike is tailored to your group. Based on group size, experience level and weather conditions, we will choose from the many trails that explore the park's most scenic areas. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
The Beggar Kings
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Rio Theater
"...selected songs from all the records from 1965's Rubber Soul, through the final Abbey Road..."
Date: 01/06/2018 from 8:00pm to 11:00pm
Admission Fees: $25 or $40

(0 January 2018) BeggarKings2018.jpgThe Beggar Kings

The WAE have been selling out concerts since 2003, at the Rio, with their post touring era (the serious music) Beatles Album recreations. They did all the records from 1965's Rubber Soul, through the final Abbey Road, and the attention to detail has raised eyebrows and drawn praise from all who've witnessed.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $25 Gen, $40 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.whitealbumlive.tix.com
Artists website: www.whitealbumensemble.com
Artists website: www.beggarkings.com

 


Location: 1205 Soquel Avenue, 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: 01/06/2018 at 10:30am

Special Instructions: Sept 20 and 30

Outlook from Mt. McAbee

Saturday, January 6 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 Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Hides & Tallow
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State Park Mission
Learn about the major products of the mission especially leather and tallowl
Date: 01/06/2018 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Hides and Tallow

Saturday, January 6 from 1pm to 2pm

Come and see how Mission Santa Cruz participated in a world economy back in the early 1800's. We will look at some of the major products of the mission like leather and tallow, and demonstrate how they were used. You will see how a branding iron works and get to make your own candle. Event is free. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.425-5849 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Arboretum Garden Free Day
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
A tranquil place to see plants from around the world plus quail, bunnies...
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Free Day 1st Tuesday

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

 

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


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


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Romance in the Redwoods
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: Every Su and Sa at 1:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Also Friday, December 1 at 1pm

Romance in the Redwoods



 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: Every Su and Sa from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Weekends from 11:00am-3:00pm, tours of the ranch houses at 1:00pm

Wilder Ranch Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays 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.

 

Call (831) 426-0505 for more details.


Location: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-0505 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Guided Redwood Grove Walks
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure - ask any questions you may have
Date: Every Su and Sa at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10
Special Instructions: Saturdays at 11 am & 2 pm

Guided Redwood Grove Walks

Saturdays at 11 am & 2 pm

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

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Life on the Ranch: Family Living History Day
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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

Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays 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: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-0505 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Open House
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Louden Nelson Community Center
Celebrate the renovations
Date: 01/07/2018 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: Free!

We'll be showcasing our recent renovations to the community center. During the open house, visitors of all ages will be invited to:

• Witness the unveiling of the new Louden Nelson Community Center sign
• Browse before and after photos of the renovated facilities
• Tour the renovations inside the Center
• Check out examples of the weekly class offerings
• Enjoy free entertainment and refreshments.

 


Location: Laurel Park, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-420-6177 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Paint This! Beach Scene
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Palace Art & Office Supply
We're super excited to be hosting a very special one-day art workshop
Date: 01/07/2018 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Admission Fees: $25/person

(0 January 2018) PalaceBeachScene.jpgPaint This! IS BACK! Join us for our first session of the year!

Paint along with our experienced artist who will guide you in recreating the scene of the week. You will have a great time creating a beautiful work of art to take home.

The cost is $25 per person.
We provide all of the materials you will need: A 16"x20" canvas, paint, brushes and aprons.

Paint This is geared towards art enthusiasts of all skill levels! Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult and the minimum age requirement is 8.

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

Reserve your space today at the Capitola store.
Reservations are required!


Location: 41st Avenue, Capitola Map
Phone: 831-332-9532 •website Capitola create a direct event link
Pescadero Marsh Guided Hike
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State Park Pescadero Marsh
Discover the natural and cultural history of the Pescadero March
Date: Every 2 weeks on Su (Jan 7-Jan 21)

Special Instructions: Sun 1/7 at 10 am Sun 1/21 at 1 pm

Pescadero Marsh Guided Hike

Sunday, January 7 at 10 am

Sunday, January 21 at 1 pm

Discover the natural and cultural history of the Pescadero March on this 1-mile, 2-hour stroll along the Sequoia Audubon Trail. Please bring walking shoes, layered clothing, binoculars, and water. Meet at the central Pescadero Creek State Beach parking lot located off Highway 1, approximately 0.25 miles north of Pescadero Creek Road. Event is free; rain cancels. For more information, please call (650) 726-8819 or email HMBParksVolunteer@parks.ca.gov. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 

Event is free; rain cancels. For more information, please call (650) 726-8819 or email HMBParksVolunteer@parks.ca.gov. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: Pescadero State Beach, Hwy 1, Pescadero Map
Phone: (650) 726-8819 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Sunday Seaside Crafts
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join us with your small fry every Sunday for hands-on fun!
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Kids and up Admission Fees: General admission fees apply.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Sponsored by: Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Drop in Family Craft
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State Park Mission
Sunday, November 5 Luminaria; Sunday, November 19 Ramillettas
Date: Every 2 weeks on Su (Jan 7-Jan 21) from 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Park is located on School St. off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz.

Drop In Family Craft

Sunday, January 7 from 1pm to 3:30pm - Ramillettas at the Santa Cruz Mission

Sunday, January 21 from 1pm to 3:30pm - Yarn Baskets

Enjoy an informal afternoon at this hidden jewel near downtown Santa Cruz. Create colorful layered paper decorations or a basket made of colorful yarn. Event is free. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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"This Is Hunger" Free National Exhibit: A Must-See Experience
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MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger
Come on a compelling journey, one that draws you into the lives of everyday Americans - and deepens your awareness about who str
Date: Every day (Jan 7-Jan 10)
Ages: Recommended age: 12+ Admission Fees: Free

Come on a compelling journey, one that draws you into the lives of everyday Americans - and deepens your awareness about who struggles with hunger and why. This 45-minute FREE exhibit tells intimate stories of dozens of Americans using portraits, state-of-the-art storytelling techniques and hands-on activities.

Come face to face with hunger in America. It will change the way you look at your city and your neighborhood.

Spaces are limited. Reserve your seat at the table now!

Exhibit space is equipped with a wheelchair-accessible entrance and transcripts are available for guests who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Additional Information:
http://thisishunger.org
https://twitter.com/MAZONusa
https://www.facebook.com/mazonusa/
https://www.instagram.com/mazonusa/

Please contact Sarah Hanuka, hanuka@beth-david.org or call 408.257.3333 for help with registration or questions about the schedule.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING OPPORTUNITIES
The truck will also be open to visitors during these times:   Sun 1/7 10am-12pm for Social Justice Day
These sessions will be a streamlined version of the program, and do not require registration. If you want to experience the complete program, please register for any available times through this page.


Location: Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road , Saratoga Map
Phone: (408) 257-3333 •website Saratogacreate a direct event link
Invisible / Alienated Grandparent Support Group
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Alienated Grandparents Anonymous
Date: The 2nd Mon of every month from 4:00pm to 5:30pm


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

 

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


Location: Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Of The Sea Film Screening
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Patagonia
A film about fishermen, seafood & sustainability. What can we learn about the ocean and our relationship to it?
Date: 01/08/2018 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 January 2018) OftheSea.jpgPatagonia will be hosting a documentary screening of OF THE SEA on February 8th.

 

Come enjoy a film about fishermen, seafood and sustainability.

 

Enjoy the conversations and bring your friends, family, and appetite as Real Good Fish will be our non-profit beneficiary. This is a Free event open to all.


Location: 415 River Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Free Zoo Days for Children
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San Francisco Zoo
FREE admission for all children age 14 and younger with adult paid admission
Date: Every day (Jan 8-Jan 31)
Ages: All

(0 January 2018) SFZoo_PenguinsFree.jpgWe wanted to kick off 2018 with something big, that’s why we are excited to celebrate the New Year with a very special gift to the entire Bay Area.

 

From January 8-31, we are pleased to be offering families FREE admission for all children age 14 and younger with adult paid admission.

 

For many children, meeting a giraffe, bear or lion is the highlight of their year and we can’t think of a better way to start 2018 than with a Zoo visit.


Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco Map
Phone: (415) 753-7236 •website San Franciscocreate a direct event link
On the Spot Docent
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
We offer interesting and enriching volunteer experiences for all ages, talents, and skill levels
Date: Every day (Jan 9-Feb 28)
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: FREE with Museum Admission (18 and under FREE)

Volunteer

Our Museum needs you! Volunteering your time and energy is one of the many ways you can support the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. We offer an interesting and enriching experience for all ages, talents, and skill levels.

Already a Volunteer?
Sign in to the online volunteer calendar, HERE.

Interested in volunteering?
Please read through our volunteer opportunities and consider which position(s) best aligns with your interests, schedule, and level of commitment. The link to our Volunteer Application can be found at the bottom of the page. Join us for Docent Training from 9 a.m. to noon January 11 at the Museum. Please RSVP by January 9.

Interested in an internship?
Please read our Education Program Internship description and complete our Internship Application.

Current Volunteer Opportunities:

Events

Beach Cleanups
Description: Clean up Seabright Beach!
Duties: Pick up trash and recycling and take data to support ongoing research
Relevant Skills and Interests: Environmental stewardship, recycling
Commitment: No commitment necessary. Cleanups are hosted by the Museum 4-6 Saturdays per year.

NEXT CLEANUP: Saturday, January 27, 11:00-1:00.
Email volunteer@santacruzmuseum.org to sign up

 

Special Events
Description: Help before, during, and after events, including Naturalist Night lectures, walks, and workshops.
Duties: Set up (tables, chairs, activities), greet guests, serve drinks, help with crafts/activities, clean up and other duties as assigned by staff.
Relevant skills and Interests: Friendly and outgoing, knowledge about the Museum and its mission, event coordination, fundraising, photography. Ability to lift up to 30 pounds.
Commitment: No commitment necessary. Events occur 1-4 times per month, usually on weeknights and weekends.

 

Education 

Museum Programs Docent
Programs: Ohlone Program (K-4th grade), Our Animal Neighbors (K-2nd grade)
Description: Facilitate students in investigating Museum exhibits, artifacts, and specimens through inquiry-based learning curriculum. Training provided. Detailed program descriptions here.
Duties: Attend training and enrichments, teach programs to achieve learning objectives.
Relevant skills and interests: Teaching, natural science, anthropology, working with children, storytelling, Ohlone culture, animal biology and ecology, wildlife biology.
Commitment: Preferred commitment of one year; average of teaching 2 programs per month. Shifts are available

Wednesday-Friday, 8:45 - 10:15am or 10:45am - 12:15pm

 

Field Programs Docent
Programs: Wetland Walk (3rd grade), Nature Rangers (4th grade), Watershed Walk (5th grade)
Description: Lead students in exploring their natural surroundings and the life within them by facilitating making observations and recording data. Programs are held outdoors at Pogonip or Neary Lagoon. Training provided. Detailed program descriptions here.
Duties: Attend training and enrichments, teach programs to achieve learning objectives and collect data. Ensure student safety.
Relevant skills and interests: Teaching, natural science, geology, biology, ecology, wetlands, birding, hiking, working with children, outdoor education, watersheds, water quality.
Commitment: Preferred commitment of one year; average of teaching 2 programs per month. Shifts are available Wednesdays and Friday, 8:45 - 12:15pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:45 - 11:15 am.

 

Exhibits

Exhibit Care: Cleaning and/or Live Animal Feeding
Description: Help us keep our exhibits clean and fed!
Duties: Feed snake (California Kingsnake), change snake's water, clean snake enclosure. Clean all glass cases in Museum.
Relevant skills & interests: Museum operations, reptiles, wildlife.
Commitment: Six-month commitment. Flexible scheduling. Snake feeding and care once a week. Case cleaning twice a month.

 

Gardens

Garden Learning Center
Description: Help us keep our Garden Learning Center thriving for visitor to learn from. This native plant garden requires general landscaping, occasional watering, weeding, and replanting.
Duties: Watering, pruning, edging, weeding, planting, sign maintenance and restoration
Relevant skills and interests: gardening, landscaping, native plants
Commitment: Saturday mornings, once per month.

 

Outreach

Mobile Museum
Description: Engage with the community through educational activities and conversation to promote awareness of our mission, events, and opportunities.
Duties: Attend events such as Farmers Markets and community fairs to staff a booth. Engage attendees in conversations about our mission, exhibits, and events. Answer questions and foster interest. Encourage museum support through membership and volunteerism.
Relevant skills and interests: Communications, marketing, community engagement
Commitment: One event per month.

 

Interested in Volunteering?  Please fill out a Volunteer Application.

For more information please contact: volunteer@santacruzmuseum.org


Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural His, 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831)420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
AUTISM SPECTRUM SUPPORT GROUP
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SPIN
Meet with other parents for support, networking and information
Date: The 2nd Tues of every month from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

AUTISM SPECTRUM SUPPORT GROUP
This group is for parents to share space with each other, to support each other and to problem solve challenges together!


Meets the second Tuesday of each month at Hope Services- 220 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Email Heidi at hlister@spinsc.org for more information.

 


Location: Hope Services, 220 Lincoln St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831)722-2800 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
ADHD Parent Support Group
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Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay ADHD Support Group
Support for Parents of Children and Teens with ADHD
Date: The 2nd Wed of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Donation welcome!
Special Instructions: Additional parking available at Mar Vista Elementary

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


Location: Aptos Fire Station Conference Ro, 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 684-0590 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Free Demo: Tombow Ink with Anouk Johanna
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Palace Art & Office Supply
Two hour informative as well as hands-on demo where you will be able to try out these fabulous Tombow pens yourself
Date: 01/10/2018 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 January 2018) Palace_TombowInk.jpgAnouk Johanna is a local painter, printmaker, multi disciplinary artist and teacher who has been teaching and exhibiting locally for the last 17 years.

She will give a special Free Demo at Palace Art on 41st Avenue, Wednesday Jan. 10 from 1 - 3 PM on the use of Tombow USA ink pens. This will be a two hour informative as well as hands-on demo where you will be able to try out these fabulous Tombow pens yourself. The individual pens and sets will be on sale on the day of the demo.

The Demo will show various techniques Anouk developed specifically for Tombows. Participants will have the opportunity to try out black Tombows as well as multi colored ones and work from available inspirational Hand Outs.

"Tombow ink pens are excellent tools to make the transition from drawing to painting when brushed with water and establish a range of values with the black pen and mix brilliant colors with the colored pens."

Discover how to pull out washes and create magical artwork!

To see Anouk's artwork please check out her website http://www.anoukjohanna.com/

Please contact Anouk to sign up for the demo @ anook@msn.com or anouk@anoukjohanna.com


Location: 1501 41st Ave, Capitola Map
Phone: (831) 464-2700 •website Capitola create a direct event link
Art 3 Drawing for Teens
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Art Factory
Art for Teens Ages 12 and Up
Date: Every Mon and Wed (Jan 10-May 21)
Ages: Teens Admission Fees: $105/month
Special Instructions: Mon 4-5:30pm Weds 3:30-5pm

Art 3 Drawing for Teens

Mon 4-5:30pm or Weds 3:30-5pm

Created for returning students or students with 1 to 2 years prior art experience. We will focus on technique development and the creative process through a variety of studio art mediums, including science illustration, watercolors, acrylic painting, mixed media collage, printmaking and sculpture over the course of the school year. This class provides a wonderful opportunity for students to expand on school-related projects associated with reports and special presentations, as an alternative to the planned lessons. A sketch book is provided and will be used in class each week.


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Dr. 15, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 688-8862 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Art 1 and 2
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Art Factory
Art Classes for kids
Date: Every Wed, Th and Fri (Jan 11-May 24)
Ages: 5-7; 8-12 Admission Fees: $105/month
Special Instructions: Drop-Ins also welcome

Art 1: We'll explore pastel, mixed media collage, colored pencil, watercolor, tempera and sculpture as a group with simple instruction. A great art foundation starts here! A sketch book is provided and will be used in class each week.

Art 2: Created for returning students or students with 1 to 2 years prior art experience. Students will find more freedom in their practice as they are familiar with studio materials and basic techniques. We'll explore pastel, mixed media collage, sculpture, colored pencil, watercolor, acrylic and tempera paint. A sketch book is provided and will be used in class each week.

 

Wed (Jan 10-May 23) from 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Th (Jan 11-May 24) from 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Fri (Jan 12-May 25) from 2:00pm to 3:30pm


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Dr. 15, Aptos Map
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Art & Play in Pre & K!
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Mount Madonna School
Preschool and Kindergarten Fun Activities
Date: 01/11/2018 from 9:30am to 11:00am
Ages: Toddlers, preschool & kinders Admission Fees: Free

Parents of toddler, preschool and kindergarten age children are invited to come for a morning of activities and fun experiences with your child(ren) at the Mount Madonna School Preschool and Kindergarten.


Location: 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna Map
Phone: (408) 847-2717 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
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
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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SPIN Dance
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SPIN
Don't miss the "Winter Dance for young adults with special needs!" this Friday, January 12th 2018
Date: 01/12/2018 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm




Location: 350 Mission, Santa Cruz Map
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Homeschool Sewing
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Art Factory
Sewing Classes for homeschoolers
Date: Every Fri (Jan 12-May 25) from 10:00am to 11:30am
Ages: 7-12 Admission Fees: $105/month

This class is for students who love to sew and create mixed media art with textiles as the main component. As students progress, there will be occasional machine sewing. Projects include art pieces, wearable art, functional objects and more.


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Dr. 15, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 688-8862 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Explore California's Wild Edge Prints by Tom Killion
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MAH
This exhibition invites you to explore California's coastal edge through prints by woodcut artist Tom Killion
Date: Every day (Jan 12-Apr 22)


Explore California's Wild Edge, Prints by Tom Killion

 

California's Wild Edge; Prints by Tom Killion: Jan 12 2018 - April 22 2018

Natural Bridge, Tom Killion, woodblock print

"The edge where the Sea meets land, the coast, is where we face true wilderness." - Tom Killion


This exhibition invites you to explore California's coastal edge through prints by woodcut artist Tom Killion alongside poems selected by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Gary Snyder. 

 

Tom Killion was born and raised in Mill Valley, California, on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais. Since childhood, he was moved by the rugged scenery of Marin County and Northern California.  Tom creates landscape prints using linoleum and wood, strongly influenced by the traditional Japanese Ukiyo-ë style of Hokusai and Hiroshige. This exhibition will feature a series of woodblock prints Tom made in honor of Santa Cruz County's breathtaking landscapes. From Natural Bridges to Wilder Ranch, visit your favorite Santa Cruz coastal and woodland sanctuaries through Tom's exquisite line work and crisp colors.

 

This exhibition is made possible through generous sponsorship from the following organizations and individuals: Scharf Investments, Nordic Naturals; UC Santa Cruz Arts; UC Santa Cruz Alumni; Julie Packard; Robert Stephens; Sarah Stephens; Terry, Asha, and Val Cole; the Aceves-London Family Fund; Wayne Palmer & Earleen Overend, and MAH members like you.


Location: 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Drawing Class Ages 7-12
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Art Factory
Art Classes for kids ages 7-12
Date: Every Fri (Jan 12-May 25) from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 7-12 Admission Fees: $105/month
Special Instructions: Drop-Ins also welcome

This class is for students who want to deepen their ability to draw what they see. Learning to look is the foundation of this drawing class, set in a positive & relaxed environment. Confidence soars when visual connections are made and renderings improve. A "Drawing Sketch Book" is provided.


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Dr. 15, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 688-8862 •website Aptos create a direct event link
January Triple P Workshops
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Triple P
During Positive Parenting Awareness month in January 2018, Triple P partners will offer numerous parenting classes and events
Date: Every day (Jan 12-Jan 31)
Admission Fees: free

During Positive Parenting Awareness month in January 2018, Triple P partners will offer numerous parenting classes and events including:

 

EVENTS 

Triple P South County Open House

Hosted by La Manzana Community Resources

Jan. 18, 3-5 p.m. 

521 Main St., Watsonville (in outdoor courtyard)

Stop by for food, games and a chance to win prizes! Meet La Manzana's Triple P practitioners, sign up for a Triple P class or one-on-one services, and learn about other organizations that support children and families.

 

Community Day at the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery

Sponsored by Triple P Santa Cruz County, a program of First 5 Santa Cruz County

Jan. 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery, 1855 41st Ave, Capitola (inside the mall)

In honor of Positive Parenting Awareness Month, Triple P Santa Cruz is sponsoring a free day of admission to the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery (SCCMOD). Visit Triple P practitioners and First 5 staff at the SCCMOD for a chance to win raffle prizes, get quick parenting tips and tools, and have fun learning and exploring with your children!

 

CLASSES IN ENGLISH

Stepping Stones Triple P Workshop: Supporting Your Partner

Jan. 16, 3-4:30 p.m.

Soquel Union School District Board Room, 620 Monterey Ave, Capitola

Stepping Stones Triple P offers parenting support for families with children with special needs. Attend this free workshop to learn about: Parenting issues that often cause disagreements between partners; How to take care of your relationship with your partner and create a positive family life; and Tools to help partners support each other and work as a team. This Stepping Stones Triple P workshop is offered as part of the North Santa Cruz County SELPA Community Advisory Committee's monthly meeting. No registration required. Child care is not available at this class.

 

Triple P Workshop: How to Handle Disobedience

Jan. 18, 5:30-7 p.m.

Highlands Park Child Development Center, 8500 Hwy. 9, Felton

This free Triple P Workshop offered by Mountain Community Resources provides tips and guidance about: Common reasons why children refuse to cooperate or follow instructions; How to prevent disobedience and increase cooperation; How to respond calmly and consistently when your child refuses to follow directions. Free child care and light snacks provided. To register, contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at (831) 465-2217 or http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings

 

Triple P Workshop: Preventing & Managing Disobedience

Jan. 25, 6-7:30 p.m.

Babies "R" Us/Toys "R" Us, 1660 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz (in furniture section)

This free Triple P Workshop offered by La Manzana Community Resources provides tips and guidance about: Common reasons why children refuse to cooperate or follow instructions; How to give instructions in a way that increases your child's cooperation; How to respond calmly and consistently to challenging behaviors. To register: Contact Caitlin McElroy, Baby Registry Supervisor at Babies "R" Us/Toys "R" Us (831) 479‐4296 or 5843.Registry@toysrus.com

 

Triple P Seminar: The Power of Positive Parenting

Jan. 29, 6-7:30 p.m.

Bay View Elementary, Library, 1231 Bay St., Santa Cruz

This free Triple P seminar offered by La Manzana Community Resources provides an introduction to the Triple P program and positive parenting strategies. Attend this seminar to learn how to: Provide positive learning environments for children; Use assertive discipline; Have realistic expectations and take care of yourself. Free child care and light snacks provided. To register, contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at (831) 465-2217 or http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings

 

Triple P Workshop: Encouraging Your Teen to Cooperate

Jan. 31, 5:30-7 p.m.

Community Bridges Community Room, 236 Santa Cruz Ave., Aptos

This free Triple P Workshop offered by La Manzana Community Resources provides tips and guidance about: Common causes of conflict between teens and parents; Strategies to encourage teens to cooperate; How to respond calmly and consistently when teens are uncooperative. Free child care and light snacks provided. To register, contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at (831) 465-2217 or http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings

 

CLASSES IN SPANISH

Triple P Workshop: How to Handle Disobedience

Jan. 22, 6-7:30 p.m.

Location: Watsonville Public Library, 275 Main St, #100, Community Room, Watsonville 

This free Triple P Workshop offered by La Manzana Community Resources provides tips and guidance about: Common reasons why children refuse to cooperate or follow instructions; How to prevent disobedience and increase cooperation; How to respond calmly and consistently when your child refuses to follow directions. Free child care and light snacks provided. To register, contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at (831) 465-2217 or http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings

 

8-Week Triple P Group: For Families with Teens

Mandatory Orientation Meeting: Jan 20, 10 a.m. to noon

Group classes: Tuesdays, Jan. 23 - March 13, 6-8 p.m.

Ceiba College Prep Academy, 260 W. Riverside Drive, Watsonville

This free 8-week Triple P Group offered by La Manzana Community Resources provides simple strategies to help you: Build a positive relationship with your teen; Understand and recognize everyday influences on your teen's behaviors; Respond to parenting challenges calmly and consistently; Teach your teen how to solve problems and deal with risky situations; and Become more confident about raising a teenager. Free child care and light snacks provided. To register, contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at (831) 465-2217 or http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings

 

Lifestyle Triple P Group

Wednesdays, Jan. 24 - April 4, 6-8 p.m. (no class Feb. 28)

La Manzana Community Resources, 18 W. Lake Ave, Sala E, Watsonville 

Lifestyle Triple P teaches families positive parenting strategies to increase children's healthy eating and physical activity. Attend this group to learn: Guidelines for healthy eating, healthier food choices, and being active; Fun, simple ways to teach children to be more active; How to set limits about video games, phones, computers, and TV; and Ways to make healthy changes as a family. Free child care and light snacks provided. To register, contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at (831) 465-2217 or http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


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Thriller Bike Ride
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Families welcome...caution, best for teens and up
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month at 7:00pm


(0 Oct 2017) ThrillerRide2017.jpgIt's close to midnight and something evil's lurking In the dark
Under the moonlight you see a bike that almost stops Your heart
You try to scream (Bike Party!), but terror takes the sound before You make it
You start to freeze as horror looks you right between the eyes
You're paralyzed
'Cause this is thriller, THRILLER RIDE!
Friday the 13th, 7pm at the Bike Church!

...Darkness falls across the land
The 7pm hour is close at hand
Creatures ride in search of jams
To cruise through y'all's neighborhood!

Santa Cruz Bike Party is a mobile party for riders of all ages, experience levels, and types to meet, ride, and play together in the streets. Rides are 7-10 miles long with music and dance breaks along the way. Rides move at a relatively slow pace and no one is left behind. Each ride has a theme and riders are encouraged to wear costumes or decorate their bikes to fit the theme.


SC Bike Party starts and ends outside the Bike Church at 703 Pacific Ave downtown. The route is not the same every time, but each month organizers will post the route online ahead of time in case anyone misses the start and wants to catch up.

Once per month, all year long. We meet at 7pm every second Friday of the month. Rides usually leave about 7:15 and last about 2 hours.

The atmosphere of the SC Bike Party is fun, (zombie) friendly, welcoming, and safe. Our goal is to celebrate cycling and build community, not to cause conflict with car drivers. Please help us maintain a positive and safe atmosphere by keeping in mind the following guidelines:


Guidelines
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Stay to the Right / Stop at Lights - This is not Critical Mass. Please stay to the right on 2-lane roads, or in the right lane on larger roads.
- Ride Straight - Please help avoid crashes by riding predictably, without any sudden turns or stops.
- Don't Hate - Please roll past any conflict that might present itself during the ride.
- Pack your Trash - Bike partiers aspire to leave party stops in better condition than we found them.
- Don't Get Smashed - Riding while inebriated poses a danger to yourself and others. Don't ruin the fun for everyone else by overdoing it.

Bring:
Lights - Rides are at night, so let's make sure to be visible.
Locks - No bikes have been stolen from the SC Bike Party, but during breaks better to be safe than sorry.
Layers - As we all know Santa Cruz evenings can get damp and chilly.
Water, snacks - Our stops are not always near stores, so best to bring what you need.
Tube, patch kit, pump, tools - The ride is unsupported; please come prepared.


Location: 703 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Live Oak Library Book Group
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Reading selections will be made by the group with an emphasis on thought provoking fiction and challenging non-fiction.
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 Nov 2017) BookGroup.jpgThe Live Oak Library book group meets on the second Friday of the month from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm and all adults are welcome. Reading selections will be made by the group with an emphasis on thought provoking fiction and challenging non-fiction.

 

In November, we will be discussing The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. Stop by the circulation desk to pick up a copy.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Contra Dancing
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Santa Cruz Dance
Contra couples dancing for beginners and experienced dancers - Make dance magic happen on the dance floor!
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 7+ Admission Fees: $12
Special Instructions: Beginner's lesson at 5:40. Dancing 7:00-10:00

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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


Location: Veteran's Memorial Building, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Taiko Classes
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Taiko classes and workshops for children
Date: Every Fri (Jan 12-Feb 2)


(0 January 2018) TaikoChildren.jpgWatsonville Taiko offers classes and workshops for children, adults and seniors in various different locations. Please scroll down to find the right opportunity for you.


Beginners classes for adults & children start every 2 months, on the first Friday of the month.

 

Classes are held at Kizuka Hall, Watsonville.


Childrens classes
Fridays
4:30-5:10pm - Beginners Children 1
5:10-6:00pm - Beginners Children 2
6:00-7:00pm - Intermediate Youth

 

 

 


Location: Kizuka Hall, 150 Blackburn St, Watsonville Map
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Fungus Fair 2018
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Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz
Learn about the hundreds of beautiful and fascinating species of local fungi on display in a re-created woodland habitat.
Date: Every day (Jan 12-Jan 14) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: free - $10

(0 January 2018) FungusFair2018.jpgThe Fungus Fair is held each year in January in Santa Cruz at the Louden Nelson Community Center.

 

The three-day event features hundreds of species of local fungi presented in a unique fashion, and draws thousands of visitors each year. The Fair showcases speakers, cooking demonstrations, a special Kids' Room, and a taxonomy panel for identification of fungi. Many books and mushroom-related items are available for sale, as are wild mushroom delicacies.

 

Did you know that without fungus, we'd have no bread, cheese, beer, or wine? Or that anti-cholesterol medicine was developed from mushrooms? Come to the Santa Cruz Fungus Fair to learn all there is to know about the fascinating world of mushrooms.

 

This unique Santa Cruz tradition features fantastic fungus fun for the whole family. Bring the kids and stroll through a re-created woodland forest displaying hundreds of wild mushrooms; the Fungus Fair also features a special room full of hands-on activities for the kids, including fungus exploration tables, clay mushroom building, face painting, and more!

 

Come join us in a celebration of Mushrooms!


Admission

Friday  - $5
Saturday / Sunday  - $10, Students & Seniors (60+) - $5, Kids under 12 - free


Location: Louden Nelson Center, 301 Center St, Santa Cruz Map
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Free Story Time and Craft Time
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Wonderland Toys & Classroom Resources
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month at 10:30am


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


Location: 4101-B2 Soquel Dr., Soquel Map
Phone: 831-316-7261 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Bring binoculars, bird guides and readiness for silent observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp autumn day
Date: 01/13/2018 at 8:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 17 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1

Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley

Saturday, January 13 at 8am

Interpreter Jeremy Lin will lead an approximate two-mile hike to observe and enjoy morning wildlife at Rancho del Oso. We will take our time and explore the beautiful coastal valley. No previous experience necessary. It is helpful to bring binoculars, bird guides, and a readiness for patient observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp Waddell Valley morning. Meet at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center, located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1. Event is free. For more information, please email parksRDOPIS@parks.ca.gov. Events made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.

 

Rancho del Oso - Coastal Section of Big Basin Redwoods State Park

The Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center is open to the general public.

The Center is located 2 miles south of Año Nuevo (or 16 miles north of Santa Cruz) just off Highway 1. Turn at the first road south of the Waddell Creek bridge and follow the signs. Extreme weather may cancel events; please call ahead. For more information or to register for events, call 831 427-2288 or email jeremy.lin@parks.ca.gov. Go Green!

 

If you would like to go paperless, please send your full name and email to judybugg46@yahoo.com.
Rancho del Oso News is published quarterly by the Waddell Creek Association, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.


Location: 3600 Hwy 1 , Davenport Map
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Young Eagles - Kids Fly Free
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Kds fly free EAA airplane rides, on the first Saturday of every month between January and April and then again between September
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 8 yrs - 17 yrs Admission Fees: Free

(Special Event Images / Graphics) WatsonvilleAirport.jpgExperimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 119 flew over 400 children in 2009, and has safely flown over 4500 kids since starting to hold Young Eagle Rallies in 1992. The program consists of an explanation of how airplanes fly and a flight of approximately 20 minutes around the Watsonville - Santa Cruz area. After the flight, each child receives a certificate commemorating the experience. Parents / Guardians are required to sign a registration form. The program is open to kids 8-17.

 

The rallies are held at the Watsonville Aviation Education Center (WAEC), sign-up is between 10:00am and 12:30pm on the day of the rally at the airport, we do not have pre-registration. Flying is from 11:00am to 3:00pm, weather permitting. Participants should expect to spend 1-2 hours at the airport during the event.  See us on Facebook below and on Twitter status is provided by searching for #EAA119.

 

For more information, contact: Tom Hail  Young Eagles Coordinator, EAA Chapter 119, Watsonville
831-531-8440


Location: Watsonville Aviation Education C, 60 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
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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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San Lorenzo River Cleanup
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Save Our Shores
Save Our Shores invites residents and visitors to participate in beach cleanup activities
Date: 01/13/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm


San Lorenzo River Levee Clean Up

When: January 13, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

Where: On the riverwalk on the corner of Beach St. and 3rd St. (near train trestle by the Boardwalk)


Contact: Emma Chiaroni 8314625660 ext 2

 

Meet us on the riverwalk on the corner of Beach St. and 3rd St. near train trestle by the Boardwalk

 

We recommend that all volunteers dress in layers, wear sun protection, and bring a reusable water bottle. Volunteers under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult.

 

All of Save Our Shores cleanups happen rain or shine. As always, if you have any questions please contact emma@saveourshores.org

See you on the river, Save Our Shores

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


Location: River Levee, Beach St. and 3rd St, Santa Cruz County Map
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What They Wore
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State Park Mission
What the clothing meant to the people who wore it
Date: 01/13/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza

What They Wore

Saturday, January 13 from 1pm-2pm

Color, cloth, & cut - the clothing worn by the people in the Mission was not all about style - it was about identity, status, and different roles in the community. We will demonstrate the apparel you may have seen here in the 19th century, and lean what the clothing meant to the people who wore it. Event is free. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Art 1
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Art Factory
Art Classes for kids
Date: Every Sa (Jan 13-May 26) from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: 5-7 Admission Fees: $105/month
Special Instructions: Drop-Ins also welcome

We'll explore pastel, mixed media collage, colored pencil, watercolor, tempera and sculpture as a group with simple instruction. A great art foundation starts here!

A sketch book is provided and will be used in class each week.


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Dr. 15, Aptos Map
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Historical Aircraft Display
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Everyone is welcome to show and admire these historical aircraft
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

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

 

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

 

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

 

 For additional information call 768-3575

 


Location: Watsonville Aviation Education C, 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
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Saturday swim lessons begin!
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Seahorse Swim School
Join us on Saturday winter warmup swim lessons
Date: Every Sa (Jan 13-Mar 31) from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: 80

Join our non competitive swim team and our 2018 winter warm up swim lesson program.


Non-Competitive Swim-team : Our Team is learning how to create workouts for a lifetime of fitness. We teach our swim-teamers that swimming can help to maintain an active lifestyle for years to come. Swimming is a sport that can be done with little to no equipment and is often prescribed as a way to stay in shape after injuries are incurred in other land-based sports. We coach our swimmers on their technique and teach them how to take their pulse, how to use Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) to understand how hard they are working themselves out and foods that will fuel their bodies for a lifetime of health and fitness.

 

We put the workout back on the individual swimmer, taking the competition out of the equation, and putting the emphasis back on the individual swimmer to ensure a lifetime of fitness.

 

Our swim-team meets three times a week at Seascape Sports Club: Tues/Thurs 5-6pm & Saturdays from 10-11am.

 

Saturdays are all about drills, drills, drills... fantastic drills are used to help streamline each competitive stroke. Drop-in's are welcome and we always have space for you. All ages welcome. The ability to swim 25 yards of each competitive stroke is required to join. Level 4 classes will prepare the swimmer for swim-team.


Location: Seascape Sports Club, 1505 Seascape Blvd, Aptos Map
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Berry Creek Falls Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Join us for a moderate to strenuous 11 mile loop hike to the 65 foot falls
Date: 01/14/2018 at 9:30am


Berry Creek Falls Hike

Sunday, January 14 at 9:30am

Travel deep into the heart of Big Basin as you experience a wide range of habitats on this moderate to strenuous 11-mile-loop hike. Wind through shady redwood canyons and climb dry ridges as you hike to the jewel of Big Basin-65-foot Berry Creek Falls. Bring lots of water, lunch and wear layers. Docent Bill Rhoades will guide you on this seven-hour hike. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Nature Wanders
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Find out whats growing and blooming right now in the Waddell Valley
Date: 01/14/2018 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 10am and 1pm

Nature Wander

Sunday, January 14 at 1pm

Find out what's growing and blooming right now in the Waddell Valley on this approximately 1-mile, 1.5-hour guided walk with docent naturalist Ann Garside. She will share information about the plants of Rancho del Oso as the group walks from coastal scrub through one of the last native stands of Monterey Pine left in the world. Meet at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center, located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1.

 

Event is free. For more information, please email parksRDOPIS@parks.ca.gov. Events made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.

 


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
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Admission Open House Girls Grades 9-12
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Santa Catalina School
Open house for grades 9-12 girls considering boarding school
Date: 01/14/2018 from 10:30am to 1:30pm


Admission Open House at Santa Catalina School

 

Admission Open House at Santa Catalina School 10:30am-1:30pm. Check-in begins at 10am. Come see how your daughter can make her way with an excellent education at Santa Catalina School! Meet our students and faculty and discover how opportunities at Catalina can pave the way for her success in the classroom, on the stage, on the field, and in life.

 

Please RSVP by Wednesday, January 10 to 831.655.9356. Santa Catalina School - Girls - Day & Boarding - Grades 9-12. 1500 Mark Thomas Drive, Monterey. santacatalina.org.

 


Location: 1500 Mark Thomas Drive, Monterey Map
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ROSEMARY OPEN HOUSE
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College of Botanical Healing Arts
Rosemary Distillations & Infused Treats
Date: 01/14/2018 from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: between Pacific and Cedar

(0 Dec 2017) rosemary2.jpgosemary Distillations & Infused Treats
ROSEMARY OPEN HOUSE


Take this opportunity to learn more about COBHA, while observing a live rosemary distillation and enjoying essential oil-infused treats. Learn about and sign-up for classes, workshops, and events. Receive 10% off our Foundation Course, Level I, when you sign up at our Open House! This is a free-event--BRING A FRIEND!


Location: Lincoln St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-462-1807 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) Parent Group
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Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) Parent Group
A forum for parents of gifted learners to share experiences and information.
Date: Every Su from 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) Parent Group
SENG Model Parent Groups are intended to give parents of gifted learners a forum to share experiences and information.

 

(0 January 2018) Book_AParentsGuidetoGiftedChildren.jpgThe group will be guided by two co-facilitators and will work through the book A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children by James Webb and others.

 

Cost : Free

You may want to purchase the book.


For more information or to register for the group, contact Jeff Morton at jmorton@chartwell.org

 

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Location: Chartwell School, 2511 Numa Watson Road, Seaside Map
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After School Adventures Open House
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After School Adventures
Check out this new OUTDOOR after school program!
Date: Every Su (Jan 14-Jan 28) from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: Families of 1st - 5th graders Admission Fees: none

(0 January 2018) AfterSchAdventures_openhouse.jpgAfter School Adventures is a program where kids can play, connect, and explore.

 

Come to our open houses to tour our facilities and trails, meet our staff, and get a taste of what it's like to have an after school adventure!

 

 PLAY
When kids arrive we want them to have the freedom to unwind however they need to. There will be activities available and qualified staff ready to meet kids needs.
 CONNECT
We will take time to gather, have a snack, and share about our days. Then we will have quiet time for homework, rest, and reflection.
 EXPLORE
Every day we will spend time exploring nature. We'll explore creeks and redwood groves, and wander along forest trails with our field guides joining our adventures.

Location: Ponderosa Lodge, 4600 Graham Hill Rd., Felton Map
Phone: (831) 334-0092 •website Felton create a direct event link
Admission Open House K-8
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Santa Catalina School
Open house for grades K-8
Date: 01/15/2018 from 9:15am to 11:30am


Monday, January 15

Admission Open House at Santa Catalina Lower & Middle School

9:15-11:30am. It all begins here! Join us at our admission open house to see how we introduce our students to the best of everything, right from the start. Open House includes presentations, classroom visits, and student-led campus tours. Please RSVP by Friday, January 12 to 831.655.9351. Santa Catalina Lower & Middle School - Coed - PreK-Grade 8

 


Location: 1500 Mark Thomas Drive, Monterey Map
Phone: 831.655.9356 •website Monterey create a direct event link
Teen Kitchen Project / MLK Day of Service
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Open Farm Tours
Vlunteer to work along with their staff to help prepare meals for the following day.
Date: 01/15/2018 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm


Teen Kitchen Project / MLK Day of Service

 

Join us at the Teen Kitchen Project in Santa Cruz on Monday, January 15th from 3-7PM for a special "Day of Service" Meetup in honor of Martin Luther King Day.


This is a hands-on Meetup where we will be working along with their staff to help prepare meals for the following day. Our time will be spent prepping soup, dessert and preparing vegetables for their cooks to make between 600-700 meals on Tuesday.

Since 2011, the Teen Kitchen Project has provided teens with an opportunity to learn cooking skills, while giving back to the community. Professional chefs and nutritionists help teens learn to cook healthy, nourishing food. The Teen Kitchen Project provides a vital service for families struggling with illness, all while empowering teens and nourishing community.

Sign up to participate in this free event by clicking on Open Farm Tours

angela@teenkitchenproject.org


Location: 2880 Research Park Drive, Suite 200, Soquel Map
Phone: 831-316-4540, x 707 •website Soquel create a direct event link
The Yes Brain
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How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child
Date: 01/15/2018 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Admission Fees: none

Bookshop Santa Cruz is pleased to present New York Times bestselling author Daniel J. Siegel MD for a discussion and signing of his new book, The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child.

(0 January 2018) Siegel.jpgWhen facing challenges, unpleasant tasks, and contentious issues such as homework, screen time, food choices, and bedtime, children often act out or shut down, responding with reactivity instead of receptivity. This is what Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., the New York Times bestselling authors of The Whole Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline, call a No Brain response-but it doesn't have to be that way. In The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child, they explain how kids can be taught to approach life with openness and curiosity. Parents can foster their children's ability to say yes to the world and welcome all that life has to offer, even during difficult times-this is otherwise known as cultivating the "Yes Brain."

When kids work from a "Yes Brain", they ultimately become more open, creative, and resilient. They're more willing to take chances and explore, more curious and imaginative, and less worried about making mistakes. They're also better at relationships and more flexible when it comes to handling adversity and big feelings. Overall, it evokes a clear internal compass that directs their decisions, as well as the way they treat others.

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. is clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, the founding co-director of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, and executive director of the Mindsight institute. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Siegel is the author of several books, including the New York Times bestsellers Brainstorm, Mind, and, with Tina Payne Bryson, The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline. He is also the author of the bestsellers Mindsight and, with Mary Hartzell, Parenting from the Inside Out. The author of the internationally acclaimed professional texts The Mindful Brain and The Developing Mind, Dr. Siegel keynotes conferences and conducts workshops worldwide. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, with welcome visits from their adult son and daughter.

This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Open seating. Seats are generally set up one hour prior to the event's start time.


Location: 1530 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-0900 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
New Mommy Musical Meet-UP
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MusicalMe, Inc
Join us every 3rd Monday for our "New Mommy Musical Meet-Up"!
Date: The 3rd Mon of every month from 12:30pm to 2:00am
Ages: birth - 12months Admission Fees: FREE!

Being a new mom is the best thing that has just happened to you. But, you have to admit, it can be isolating at times. Would you like to meet and mingle with new mothers just like you, share parenting ideas and make music together alongside your babies (birth to 12 mos.) while learning lifelong parenting tips? Join the new New Mommy Musical Meet-Up where we support you in your new life adventure in a musical way. Bring your baby and enjoy meeting other mommies, free refreshments, and drawings for prizes while a certified Music Together® teacher leads a short music making session geared specifically to babies. Look for us under "New Mommy Musical Meetup" @ Meetup.com.

Join us every 3rd Tuesday from 12:30 to 2:00pm in our Santa Cruz classroom - 239 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060


CONTACT: MusicalMe, Inc.
Call: 831-438-3514 or Text: 831-332-9002
registrar@musicalme.com
PO Box 66438, Scotts Valley, CA 95067
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Location: Native Son's Hall, 239 High Street, Santa Cruz Map
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March For The Dream
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Santa Cruz Police
March for peace, justice and community
Date: 01/15/2018 from 10:00am to 12:30pm


(0 January 2018) MLKmarch.jpgChief Mills invites everyone to share in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspirational message of peace, justice and community and March For The Dream on Monday, January 15, 2018.


Together, the NAACP Santa Cruz County Branch and the Santa Cruz Police Department will co-sponsor the first joint Santa Cruz MLK Day March. It is going to be an extraordinary event.

 

We invite individuals, community groups, clubs, and congregations to Walk With Us in the march in honor of Dr. King.

The route starts on Cathcart Street and Pacific Avenue and ends on Cooper Street. After the march, we will convene with speeches and family-friendly activities on Cooper Street in partnership with the Museum of Art and History (MAH).

 

MLK March Schedule - Join Us!
9:00 am - 10:00 am Marcher Lineup
@ Cathcart between Cedar Street and Pacific Avenue.
Groups check-in & meet up. Individual marchers welcome.
10:00 am Official March start time.
The procession will begin at 10:00 a.m.
11:00 Cooper Street Gathering for speech program.
Activities at the MAH and on Cooper Street from 10:00 am continue until 12:30 p.m.

Groups who are planning to participate are asked to sign up on the City of Santa Cruz website: https://www.cityofsantacruz.com/community/mlk-march-2018.

Honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. means bringing people from diverse backgrounds together to build authentic bonds of human understanding and value. The MLK Day March is an opportunity for the businesses, social and community groups that make Santa Cruz strong to come out and be recognized while supporting a common cause. Please join us.


Location: Cathcart, Santa Cruz Map
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Black Lives in Santa Cruz
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Resource Center for Nonviolence
Opening Reception: Feb. 2, from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Date: Every Mon, Tues, Wed and Th (Jan 13-Jan 26) from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


"Black Lives in Santa Cruz: What Matters" -Allison Garcia, photography
Opening Reception: Feb. 2, from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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How can contradictory opinions exist in our community? With the percentage of black residents in Santa Cruz County at just 1.5%, in a place that is generally considered to be liberal-minded, what is the reality of the every day lives of people of color?

 

Freelance photographer Allison Garcia invited a diverse group of Santa Cruz community members to share their perspectives, through writing and interviews, on being black in Santa Cruz and the Black Lives Matter movement. The accompanying photos in the exhibit depict the participants in personal and unique contexts of their daily lives and what matters to them.

"Black Lives in Santa Cruz: What Matters" will also be a featured First Friday exhibit on February 2, and the exhibit will continue through February 26.


Location: 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-423-1626 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Stepping Stones Triple P Workshop: Supporting Your Partner
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
How to take care of your relationship with your partner and create a positive family life; and Tools to help partners support ea
Date: 01/16/2018 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm


Stepping Stones Triple P offers parenting support for families with children with special needs, such as ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome and other developmental delays. Stepping Stones Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues.

Attend this FREE workshop to learn: Parenting issues that often cause disagreements between partners; How to take care of your relationship with your partner and create a positive family life; and Tools to help partners support each other and work as a team.

This Stepping Stones Triple P workshop is offered as part of the North Santa Cruz County SELPA Community Advisory Committee's monthly meeting. No registration required. Light snacks provided. Please note: child care will not be available at this event.

Presented in English by: Gelacio Gonzalez, Triple P Practitioner
Location: Soquel Union School District Board Room, 620 Monterey Ave, Capitola
For questions, contact the North Santa Cruz County SELPA Office at (831) 466-5700 or visit www.nsccselpa.org


Location: Soquel Union School District Boa, 620 Monterey Ave, Capitola Map
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Tuesday Talks
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Library Boulder Creek
Date: The 3rd Tues of every month (Nov 21-Feb 20) at 7:00pm


T(0 Nov 2017) Library_BoulderCreekRR.jpguesday Talks is an ongoing discussion series bringing local experts and community members together to explore issues important to Boulder Creek and the San Lorenzo Valley. Join us at 7:00pm the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Nov 21

Boulder Creek's Lost Railroad: The Twilight Years of the Boulder Creek Branch, 1906 - 1934

When the earth shook in 1906, it marked the beginning of the end for the railroads of the upper San Lorenzo Valley. Join us for a discussion of the history of railroads in the San Lorenzo Valley presented by Derek Whaley, author of Santa Cruz Trains: Railroads of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

 


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Sewing Class
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Art Factory
Sewing Classes
Date: Every Tues (Jan 16-May 22) from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 6-12 Admission Fees: $105/month

This class is for students who love to sew and create mixed media art with textiles as the main component. As students progress, there will be occasional machine sewing. Projects include art pieces, wearable art, functional objects and more.


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Dr. 15, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 688-8862 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Homeschool Art and Science
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Art Factory
Homeschool Art and Science, Tues 1:30 - 3:00pm or Weds 10:30am - 12:00pm
Date: Every Tues (Jan 16-May 22) from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 5-7 Admission Fees: $105/month
Special Instructions: Drop-Ins also welcome

Students enjoy this fun, positive & relaxed environment where they can explore materials, follow their creativity, naturally deepen their concentration and enhance their visual perception of the world around them. The subject matter in this class is Biology-based, with in-depth studies of plant life, animals, insects, fish & humans. Mediums include, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and mixed media collage.

A sketch book is provided and will be used in class each week.


Tues 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Weds 10:30am - 12:00pm


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Dr. 15, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 688-8862 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Robo Sumo
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Library Garfield Park
Build and compete with Sumo wrestling robots
Date: Every Tues from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Ages: 7 to 18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Pre-registration required

(0 January 2018) sumorobots.jpgTry your hand at the not-so-ancient-art of building Sumo wrestling robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS.

 

NOT A DROP-IN PROGRAM: pre-registration is required for this twelve week series for youth ages 7 to 18.

 

Class size is limited to 16.

 

E-mail pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831.427.7717 to register.


Location: 705 Woodrow Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Ann M. Martin - Rain Reign
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Bookshop Santa Cruz
Newbery Honor author Ann M. Martin tells the story of Rose Howard, a girl on the autism spectrum, and the dog she loves.
Date: 01/17/2018 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Admission Fees: none

(0 January 2018) rainreigntext.jpgAnn M. Martin - Rain Reign

In her most powerful novel yet, Newbery Honor author Ann M. Martin tells the story of Rose Howard, a girl on the autism spectrum, and the dog she loves. Rain Reign is brilliantly told from Rose's point of view: Rose orders her disorderly world by finding and obsessively memorizing homonyms.

 

Her dog, Rain, serves as a way for her to cope with a challenging home life and her struggle to connect with students at school. When Rain goes missing after Rose's father lets him out into a storm, Rose must leave her routines and safe spaces behind to find the dog she loves.


Location: 1530 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-0900 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Triple P Workshop: How to Handle Disobedience
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Triple P Workshop: How to Handle Disobedience
Date: 01/18/2018 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm


Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues.
Attend this FREE parenting workshop to learn: Common reasons why children refuse to cooperate or follow instructions; How to prevent disobedience and increase cooperation; How to respond calmly and consistently when your child refuses to follow directions.

This Triple P Workshop is FREE and open to the public. Free child care is available with advance registration. Light snacks will be provided for adults and children.

Presented in English by: Cori Burt, Community Bridges - Mountain Community Resources
Location: Highlands Park Child Development Center, 8500 Highway 9, Felton
To register: Contact Cori Burt at (831) 335-6600, ext 6605 or corib@cbridges.org or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: Highlands Park Child Development, 8500 Highway 9, Felton Map
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Triple P South County Open House - Hosted by Community Bridges -
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Triple P South County Open House - Hosted by Community Bridges - La Manzana Community Resources
Date: 01/18/2018 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm


La Manzana Community Resources, 521 Main St, Watsonville (in outdoor courtyard)
Stop by for food, games and a chance to win prizes! Meet La Manzana Community Resources' Triple P practitioners, sign up for a Triple P class or one-on-one services, and learn about other organizations that support children and families.


Location: La Manzana Community Resources, 521 Main St, Watsonville Map
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Orchard School K-6 Open House
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Orchard School
Come tour our campus, meet our teachers, and learn about our curriculum
Date: 01/18/2018 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: Thinking about changing schools? Check us out!

(A Feb 2016) Orchard-Dragon.jpgOrchard School Open House

 

Come tour our amazing campus and hear teacher presentations about our down-to-earth educational philosophy that nourishes the developing child, while honoring and celebrating childhood.

 

Learn more about how we create magic together! Children welcome, of course. RSVP at 688-1074 or  info@orchardschoolaptos.org .

 

 

 

 

 


Location: 2288 Trout Gulch Rd, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 688-1074 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Walk Through the Grades
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Santa Cruz Waldorf School
Come See Why Waldorf Works
Date: 01/18/2018 from 8:30am to 10:30am


Join us for a guided tour through the grades classrooms followed by time for questions. Adults only please.

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School honors students' individual development and capacities, and nurtures a love of learning through our rich curriculum inspired by Rudolf Steiner. At our rural, forested campus, our community, led by creative Waldorf-trained teachers, encourages the protection of childhood and respect for all life.

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School cultivates self-directed, empathetic and free-thinking individuals with the courage and capacities to serve an ever-evolving humanity.

 


Location: 2190 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 824-2161 •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 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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Seymour Community Free Days
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Free Community Day...Come visit us!
Date: 01/18/2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: We are located at the end of Delaware Avenue.

Community Free Days

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

 

2018
January 18
February 15
September 20
October 18
November 13
December 4


Sponsored by:www.montereybayseaglass.com / Nancy Allen

 

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


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
English Country Dance
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English Country Dancing
It's really, really fun!
Date: The 2nd Th of every month from 7:00pm to 9:30pm


Ten Reasons to Go English Country Dancing


(0 January 2018) CountryDance.jpg1   It’s Really, Really Fun.

2  It’s Easy: If you can count and skip and tell your right hand from your left, you can begin doing the easy dances immediately. This form of dance does not require fancy footwork or a high level of coordination. This is an excellent place to learn, even if you’ve never done any folk dancing. Beginners are very welcome.

3  It’s Social: The level of interaction that occurs between all the dancers in the set make this a very social dance form. Singles or partners are welcome. This is a very friendly community, and a great way to meet new people.

4  It’s Good Exercise: How many calories did you burn the last time you watched a TV show? Yeah, that’s what we thought. Although English country dancing is not as strenuous as a workout at the gym, it does a whole lot more for your health than a sitcom and a bag of potato chips. It’s a good, light exercise.

5  It’s Casual: We are not a performance troupe, so our goal is not to make the dances look perfect. Our goal is to have fun, and we can do that without requiring technical perfection. Come as you are, wear casual clothes, relax and enjoy it.

6  It’s Low-Tech: Tired of staring at a computer screen all day? So are we. Come dance with us! We won’t require you to look at a computer screen all night. We promise!

7  Indulge Your Inner Anglophile: Come on, you know you want to.

8  It’s Good Clean Fun: Although English country dance has been known to lead to Renaissance Faire addiction, apart from that, it’s totally harmless. (Actually, we love our local Renaissance Faire, especially the Newcastle Country Dancers.)

9 It Brings Together People of All Ages: This form of entertainment appeals to a wide range of ages, which helps bridge the gap between generations. Whether you’re a teen, a septuagenarian, or someone in between, there’s a place here for you.

10  Did We Mention That It’s Really, Really Fun?

 

Dance Schedule

Come dance with us! We usually meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, from 7:00—9:30 p.m., at Peace United Church (upper hall), 900 High Street, Santa Cruz, California. (We meet on only the second Thursday in November and December.)


Location: Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-8621 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Shelf to Shore Passes to Monterey Bay Aquarium
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Monterey Bay Aquarium
visit any Santa Cruz Public Libraries branch or bookmobile stop to request your shelf to shore pass. A valid library card is req
Date: Every day (Jan 18-May 29) from 10:00am to 5:00pm


Shelf to Shore Passes to Monterey Bay Aquarium

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The Santa Cruz Public Libraries is a proud partner of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Shelf to Shore Program, which provides free access to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for low income families. The program, created for families who otherwise could not afford to go, admits up to six family members for a visit. Just visit any Santa Cruz Public Libraries branch or bookmobile stop to request your shelf to shore pass. A valid library card is required. Limit one pass per year per adult library card holder. For free admission to the Aquarium, you must present the ticket with your matching library card at the Aquarium's Main Entrance.

 

 

The Shelf to Shore program runs from the day after Labor Day through the Friday before Memorial Day. Currently, a pass is valid from September 5, 2017 through May 25, 2018 and cannot be used on the following dates:

  • February 17-19, 2018
  • March 24-April 8, 2018
  • April 29, 2018

Who is Eligible?
You can get a Shelf to Shore Aquarium pass if you are 18 years old or older and have a valid Santa Cruz Public Library card. Passes are intended for low income families, so if you qualify for Free School Lunch, WIC, SNAP, Meals on Wheels, Medi-Cal, Healthy Families, Healthy Kids, or other similar services, this program is definitely for you.


Location: 886 Cannery Row, Monterey Map
Phone: (831) 647-6886 •website Monterey create a direct event link
To Kill a Mockingbird
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Santa Catalina School
Santa Catalina's stirring portrayal of both racial and family relations is a must-see production
Date: Every day (Jan 19-Jan 21) at 7:30pm
Admission Fees: General admission is $12; seniors, student, and military are $8; children under 12 are $4.
Special Instructions: January 19, 20, 21

(0 January 2018) Book_ToKillAMockingbird.jpgSanta Catalina School Theatre Arts presents To Kill a Mockingbird 

Few perspectives on American society have been as insightful or as poignant as that of young Scout Finch, the heroine of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.

 

Adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel, this moving play follows Scout's journey as her father, Atticus, defends Tom Robinson, a black man framed for a crime he did not commit. As the trial progresses, Scout and her brother, Jem, witness their community divided over issues of justice and racism.

 

Santa Catalina's stirring portrayal of both racial and family relations is a must-see production.

 

Reservations recommended.  Please call for group rates. For ticket reservations, please call 831.655.9341 or visit santacatalina.org/tickets.

General admission is $12; seniors, student, and military are $8; children under 12 are $4.


Location: Performing Arts Center, 1500 Mark Thomas Drive, Monterey Map
Phone: 831.655.9356 •website Monterey create a direct event link
Old-Time Family Barn Dance
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Live Oak Grange
Fun dances accessible to all comers. Live acoustic string music. All dances taught and prompted.
Date: The 3rd Fri of every month at 6:30pm
Admission Fees: $10 per person $15 for two people $20 per family
Special Instructions: AUGUST DANCE CANCELLED

Yee Haw! and Do Si Do!

 

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


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



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

 

AUGUST DANCE CANCELLED, SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER!


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Book Sale at Aptos Library
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Library Aptos
Support your libraries by coming to the Aptos Book Sale and finding new life-changing books
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: 6yrs & up Admission Fees: Free

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

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

 


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831)427-7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
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
All Disabilities Parent Support Group
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SPIN
'All Disabilities' Parent Support Group
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm


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


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


NOTE: Child care is NOT provided at these meetings.


Location: 820 Bay Ave, Capitola Map
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Maile Andrade: Dyes & Textiles in Indonesia
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MAH
Maile is a multi-media artist who works with glass, fibers, metal and other natural materials
Date: 01/20/2018 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All

Join the Santa Cruz Handweavers Guild

 

Maile Andrade was born in Mākaha, Oʻahu. After attending Kauaʻi Community College, she received her BA in 1989 from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Maile also received her MFA from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in Ceramics/Fiber. Currently, she serves as the Director and Associate Professor at Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies and teaches Halau o Laka: Native Hawaiian Creative Expression. 

 

Maile is a multi-media artist who works with glass, fibers, metal and other natural materials. Her work aims to explore nature, spirituality, culture and to "challenge the use of native stereotypes and imagining the Native Hawaiian." She is very involved in producing her own raw materials and dyes for her artwork. Her work has been shown in galleries across the world.

 

Check this webpage http://www.designsponge.com/2015/12/fine-art-focus-maile-andrade.html to learn more about her.


Location: 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Basic Bicycle Maintenance Class
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The Spokesman
Learn how to fix your flat tire!
Date: The 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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Craft Sale in the Mountains
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Made in the Mountains
Artists line the sidewalks showing of their amazing crafts.
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Re-opening in the Spring!

 

It's time for Made in the Mountains again! What is Made in the Mountains, you ask? Well, it's a fun event that happens the 3rd Saturday of every month in beautiful downtown Boulder Creek.

 

Artists line the sidewalks showing of their amazing crafts. You might find a photo you like. Or a metal art piece for your garden. Or get a henna tattoo. Or a piece of jewelry. Or some woodwork. You never know what incredible art you'll find!

 

To top it off, you could win $100!! Just spend $50 at any local business during the event, take your receipt to Karen in front of Century 21 and you could be the lucky recipient of a $100 gift certificate to a BCBA member business of your choice! It's one of those win-win situations! Looking forward to seeing you there!

 


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Hidden Gems of Big Basin: Wildflowers and Other Beauties
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State Park Big Basin
Yes! Wildflowers are still here!
Date: 01/20/2018 at 10:00am
Ages: 5+ or able to hike 3 miles Admission Fees: free

Hidden Gems of Big Basin: Wildflowers and Other Beauties Hike

Saturday, January 20 at 10am

There are many less-famous yet still beautiful plants in the redwood forest. Join Docent Diane Shaw on this 4-mile, 3-4-hour hike and meet some hidden gems of Big Basin! Bring water and lunch. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 

 


Location: Rancho del Oso Gate, Wadell Creek Map
Phone: 427-2288 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Become a Watsonville Wetlands Docent
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Watsonville Wetlands
Join us for docent training in January
Date: Every Wed and Sa


Docent Training Starts THIS MONTH!

There is still time to sign-up for docent training. While there are a variety of ways to volunteer with us here at the Wetlands Watch, becoming a docent is a great way to make a lasting and meaningful contribution to the wetlands, youth, and community! It is a fun and interesting way to learn about the natural and cultural history of the wetlands from experts. Docent trainees are treated to an inside look at the Pajaro Valley and its wide network of wetlands. Local experts share the ecology, history, and restoration of the wetlands during the 7-week program.


The interactive sessions include Wednesday evening presentations and Saturday morning field trips, visiting sites not normally seen by the public. Join our dedicated team of trained docent volunteers who help with field trips, lead wetland tours, participate in special events, work in the greenhouse and native plant demonstration garden and a whole host of other things. No previous teaching or wetland experience is necessary - beginners are welcome.  

 

Come join us - the wetlands are calling!    For more information, contact Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Ria Mukerji at 909-680-9872 or email at  ria@watsonvillewetlandswatch.org.


Location: 235 Ohlone Parkway, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-345-1226 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Skill and Luck
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State Park Mission
Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18th century
Date: 01/20/2018 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza

Skill and Luck: Games of the Mission

Saturday, January 20 at 1pm

Learn to play traditional California Indian games that took plenty of skill and luck. Discover how the Spanish influenced these games. Make your own traditional Ohlone game to take home during this one-hour session.  Event is free. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-1840. •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Helping Siblings Adjust
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Community AdvisoryCommittee
Date: 01/20/2018 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Admission Fees: free

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Location: 984 Bostwick Lane, Santa Cruz Map
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Volunteer in California's Oldest State Park!
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State Park Big Basin
We need volunteers!
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 9:00am to 3:00pm


Volunteer with the Trail Crew Saturdays

Since 1969 the Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew has helped make it possible for others to safely enjoy the beauty of our park. The Trail Crew meets the second Saturday of each month, rain or shine. A typical workday lasts until mid-afternoon. Please bring your own work gloves, lunch and water. Join us for a unique perspective of Big Basin, a lively and productive experience with others who share a love of these redwood forests, and the satisfaction of participating in a vital part of the park's ability to educate and inspire the public! Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Morning in the Kindergarten
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Santa Cruz Waldorf School
Morning in the Kindergarten - Come visit with your 4-5 year old.
Date: 01/20/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm


Children 4 to 5 years old are warmly invited to experience a morning in the kindergarten while parents meet our teachers and learn about our approach to early childhood.


Location: Santa Cruz Waldorf School, 2190 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 425-0519 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
K-8 Interactive Open House
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Gateway School
Don't miss your chance to explore Gateway's innovative teaching during our annual Saturday Open House!
Date: 01/20/2018 from 10:00am to 1:00pm


K-8 Interactive Open House

Join us for an Interactive Open House to experience how Gateway faculty use innovative teaching informed by research to inspire love of learning. Explore Gateway by engaging in a series of faculty-led interactive stations in various grades and subjects including music, Life Lab and technology. Meet students, parents and our Head of School.  Children encouraged. Lunch served.

 

Schedule
10 Registration
10:15 Mini Lessons by Grade Levels (K-2, 3-5, 6-8)
11:30 Lunch
12-1p Open Campus Touring

Thank you for registering below. There will be limited space in each Grade Level Group.  We look forward to meeting you and sharing our school with you.

Register Now!

Gateway School is a CAIS-accredited independent K-8 school that allows children to explore their unlimited potential through strong academics and a safe, nurturing environment. Students develop creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills through advanced technology instruction, specialist classes, and mindfulness training. Gateway has long been a leader in innovative learning techniques - it was the first school in Santa Cruz to establish a Life Lab, the first to build a Maker's Space, and the first to institute a mindfulness program. During their time at Gateway School, students learn how to become responsible, engaged, and compassionate citizens.


Location: 126 Eucalyptus Ave., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 8314230341 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Women's March
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Santa Cruz Women'sMarch
Women's March and Activist Fair
Date: 01/20/2018 at 12:00pm


On January 20, 2018 Santa Cruz Women, along with other California cities, will lead the 1st anniversary march to celebrate all those who worked tirelessly during this past year. We march to reaffirm our commitment to work together for Women's rights, social justice, and to protect the rights of all our neighbors and friends.

Attendees will gather Downtown, Santa Cruz at Locust and Pacific Streets.
The March begins at 12:00 and culminates in an activist fair at Louden Nelson Center from 1pm.

Post March at Louden Nelson Center @1:00pm includes:
Local Performers

  • Watsonville Taiko Drummers
  • Senderos dancers

Guest Musicians

  • Coffis Brothers & Mt.Men Taylor Rae Carolyn Sills Combo Tammi Brown Green Dog

Speakers

  • Bettina Aptheker, Gail Pellerin, Brenda Griffin, DACA students

Location: Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Science Sunday
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join us on the third Sunday of every month (except December) for a public lecture from a marine scientist
Date: The 3rd Su of every month at 1:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free with admission
Special Instructions: We are located at the end of Delaware Avenue.

(A Dec) Seymour_ScienceSunday3.jpgJoin us on the third Sunday of every month (except December) for a public lecture from a marine scientist, who presents current research and topics in an entertaining and easy-to-understand format, with up-to-date photos, video, and discussion. Science Sunday is for everyone interested in the world around them.

 

  • Lectures take place at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at 1:30 PM.
    • Doors open to the lecture hall at 1:00 PM.
    • Lecture passes are available at the admissions counter at 12:30 PM.
    • Seating is limited and first-come, first-served. No late seating.

Lectures are one hour long, including time for a few questions at the end. Science Sunday is free with admission, and always free for members. Recommended for ages 10 and older.

Free ADMISSION for Seymour Center Members and UC Santa Cruz Undergraduates with valid Student ID.


Location: La Feliz room, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Play with Color : Wishing Hoops
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MAH
Come to the MAH and PLAY with Color!
Date: 01/21/2018 from 11:00am to 2:00pm


(0 January 2018) MAH_Colorwishing-hoops.jpgCome to the MAH and PLAY with Color! Play with Color is a series of all ages drop in activities where you play and explore with color in different ways.

 

This Sunday (1/21), play with fabric and markers and use your new year wishes to create colorful hoop sculptures.

 


Location: 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Date: The 3rd Su of every month at 1:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free with admission
Special Instructions: We are located at the end of Delaware Avenue.

 

 


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Pickwick Book Club
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Join us each month for conversations about the novel and guest speaker presentations ...
Date: The 2nd Su of every month (Jan 14-May 13) at 2:00pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 January 2018) PicwickBookClub.jpgThe Pickwick Book Club is a community of local bookworms, students, and teachers who meet monthly to discuss a nineteenth-century novel, beginning this January with Charles Dickens's "Little Dorrit".

 

Join us each month for conversations about the novel and guest speaker presentations to help us contextualize our readings.

SECOND SUNDAYS OF THE MONTH
JANUARY-MAY 2018 AT 2:00 PM
MUSEUM OF ART & HISTORY

Questions? Visit dickens.ucsc.edu or call 831/459-2103


Location: 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the CephalopodsCEPHALOPODS AR
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
"...they presided over an undersea empire for millions of years"
Date: 01/21/2018 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Admission Fees: $6-$8, free for kids under 3 years old

Science Sundays

 

Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the CephalopodsCEPHALOPODS ARE THE NEW DINOSAURS: A Squid's-Eye View of the History of Life


Danna Staaf, Ph.D., Science Writer

Before there were mammals on land, there were dinosaurs. And before there were fish in the sea, there were cephalopods-Earth's first truly substantial animals and the ancestors of modern squid. With dozens of tentacles and formidable shells, they presided over an undersea empire for millions of years.

 

Join scientist and writer Danna Staaf on an epic adventure from the primordial ocean to the calamari on your dinner plate. Stay for a signing of Staaf's new book, Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods, which was named one of the best science books of 2017 by NPR Science Friday.

 

First Science Sunday of the year!


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
IEP Basics
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SPIN
Don't miss SPIN's upcoming workshop "IEP Basics"
Date: 01/22/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: Sorry, no childe care available Admission Fees: free

Don't miss SPIN's upcoming workshop "IEP Basics" Join us Monday, January 22nd 2018. Hope to see you there!


Location: Community Foundation Santa Cruz , 7807 Soquel Dr., Soquel Map
Phone: 831-423-7713 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Wasted,the Story of Food Waste
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Live Oak Grange
Date: 01/22/2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Fundraiser for grange

(0 January 2018) Wasted.jpgThrough the eyes of famous chefs, audiences will see how they make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system.


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Maryjo Koch and the Art of Scientific Illustration
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Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery
Koch is one of the world's most accomplished naturalist painters around. Exquisite detail!
Date: Every Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Jan 24-Mar 16) from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Art Seen

Maryjo Koch and the Art of Scientific Illustration

popout1804-maryjoMaryjo Koch doesn't overlook the little things. When it comes to painting birds nests and honeybees, every little twig and hair matters. With acute attention to detail and precision, Koch is one of the world's most accomplished naturalist painters around.

 

Her hyperrealistic specimens are often found in the Santa Cruz Mountains, where Koch works. She has illustrated 18 books, and her work has been featured across the globe.

 

Hours
Tuesday-Saturday 12 PM-5 PM
Holidays and campus breaks observed.


Location: 11 Cowell Service Road, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-459-2953 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
SLVHS Eighth Grade Parent Night
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San Lorenzo Valley High School
SLVHS Eighth Grade Parent Night
Date: 01/24/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: 13-14 Admission Fees: None

San Lorenzo Valley High School will be hosting their annual 8th Grade Parent Night on January 24th, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the high school's multipurpose room (MPR).

Parents of current eighth graders are highly encouraged to attend to learn about the High School's programs, meet our counselors and administrators, and have your questions answered about your child's transition to high school life.


Location: 7105 Highway 9, Felton Map
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Naturalist Night: Living with Eucalyptus
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
"...the way we rural Californians now live and interact with the natural environment around us"
Date: 01/24/2018 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: $12 General | $6 Child | Members 50% off

(0 January 2018) SCMusLiving-w-Eucalyptus.jpgLiving with Eucalyptus

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Talk will begin at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

 

Eucalyptus globulus, aka Tasmanian blue gum, has become a prominent feature of the California landscape since its deliberate introduction in the mid-19th century. Love it or hate it (and few plants elicit so much emotion), controversy and misunderstanding swirl around this undeniably impressive tree. Just why was this tree brought here from Australia? Is it an aggressive invader? How does it affect the native plants and animals that were already here? How does it affect us? What, if anything, should we do about it? A local amateur naturalist who has lived closely with this tree for the last 42 years brings a unique perspective to these questions.

 

The history, ecology, and human impacts of Eucalyptus globulus in California will be presented broadly, and then applied to what the speaker knows best - the 23-acre piece of land known as Lupinvale that has been his charge for nearly half a century. Not only has he observed the eucalyptus forest at Lupinvale and the surrounding area, but he has managed it as a resource, struggled with it as an invader, watched as its flames threatened to consume his family's home, and then studied how his neighbors and the forest itself responded in the 9 years after the Trabing Fire. Some of the lessons learned are not just about Eucalyptus, but apply more generally to the way we rural Californians now live and interact with the natural environment around us.

 

About the Speaker:

Rick Van Stolk graduated from Watsonville High School in 1970, then from UCSC in 1974 in Environmental Studies. In 1975, Rick, with family and friends, moved onto a 23-acre piece of land in the Aptos Hills / Larkin Valley area, and Lupinvale Farm was born. Rick and his farming partner, Delinda Robinson, were among the founding members of the Santa Cruz Farmer's Market. Though busy with organic farming, firewood production, and raising a family at Lupinvale, Rick has always maintained his interest in science in general and environmental studies in particular. Though Lupinvale is still referred to as simply "the farm" by Rick's family and friends, it has gradually become instead more of a "nature preserve".


Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural His, 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Silent Sky
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Jewel Theatre Co
Exquisite blend of science, history, family ties, and fragile love
Date: Every day (Jan 24-Feb 18)


(0 January 2018) Silent-Sky.jpgSILENT SKY
by Lauren Gunderson
Director Susan Myer Silton

 

Based on the true story and science of early 20th century female "computers" at Harvard Observatory, astonishing discoveries await Henrietta Leavitt as she maps distant stars in galaxies beyond our own. But this brilliant, headstrong pioneer must struggle for recognition in the man's world of turn-of-the-century astronomy. In this exquisite blend of science, history, family ties, and fragile love, a passionate woman must map her own passage through a society determined to keep a woman in her place.

 

January 24 - February 18, 2018

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Jewel Theatre Company (JTC) is the only year-round professional theatre company in Santa Cruz County. We recently moved into our new home at the Colligan Theater at the Tannery Arts Center in downtown Santa Cruz. JTC prides itself on bringing you quality, professional actors performing in both familiar favorites and lesser known plays, by first-rate playwrights. Our seasons are eclectic, ranging from drama and musicals to comedy and classics. All in a quest to bring you inspired live theatre you'll want to tell your friends about.


Location: Colligan Theater at Tannery Arts, 1010 River Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.425.7506 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Guided Backpacking Adventures Summer 2018
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State Parks California
Travel from spectacular ridgelines, through old growth redwood forests, to sandy shores with our knowledgeable team of naturalis
Date: 01/25/2018
Ages: adults 18 + and children ages 13
Special Instructions: Registration opens Thursday February 1, 2018 at 8am

California State Parks Backpacking Adventures

Summer 2018

 

Registration opens Thursday February 1, 2018 at 8am

www.parks.ca.gov/backpacking

 

Who better to lead you through our parks than California State Park professionals? Four backpacking trips are offered from June through August 2018 ranging from one to three nights offering options for every experience level. Hike spectacular ridgelines, old growth redwood forests, to sandy shores with our knowledgeable team of backcountry naturalists. Native plant teas, trail desserts, skills demonstrations, campfire stories, and jokes are added bonuses!

 

This program is truly unique, the only such program led by California State Park staff. Participation is open to adults 18 or over and children ages 13 to 17 accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/backpacking, email Backpacking@parks.ca.gov, or call (831) 335-1743. Events made possible by California State Parks, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, Waddell Creek Association, Mountain Parks Foundation, Sempervirens Fund, and Portola and Castle Rock Foundation.

 

Skyline to the Sea: Castle Rock State Park to Waddell State Beach

$300; Thursday June 7 through Sunday June 10, 2018

 

Ridges to Redwoods: Castle Rock State Park to Portola Redwoods State Park

$225; Friday June 29 through Sunday July 1, 2018

 

A Trek through Time: Butano State Park to Waddell State Beach

$300; Thursday July 19 through Sunday July 22, 2018

 

In Pursuit of Perseids: Castle Rock State Park

$125; Sunday August 12 through Monday August 13, 2018

 


Location: Big Basin, Hwy 9, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-335-7077 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Triple P Workshop: Preventing & Managing Disobedience
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Triple P Workshop: Preventing & Managing Disobedience
Date: 01/25/2018


Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues. Attend this FREE parenting workshop at Babies "R" Us/Toys "R" Us to learn: Common reasons why children refuse to cooperate or follow instructions; How to give instructions in a way that increases your child's cooperation; How to respond calmly and consistently to challenging behaviors.

This Triple P Workshop is free and open to the public. Please note: child care is not available at this location.
Presented in English by: Liliana Zamora, Community Bridges - La Manzana Community Resources
Location: Babies "R" Us/Toys "R" Us, 1660 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz (in furniture section)
To register: Contact Caitlin McElroy, Baby Registry Supervisor at Babies "R" Us/Toys "R" Us (831) 479-4296 or 5843.  Registry@toysrus.com


Location: Babies "R" Us/Toys "R" Us, 1660 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz Map
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COME DANCE!
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Live Oak Grange
Could there be more fun than dancing for three hours!?
Date: 01/26/2018 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Admission Fees: Admission donation is $12, ($8 students)

COME DANCE!

Friday, January 26, 7:00-10:00 (introductory workshop at 6:40).

Music by InTentCity
a family band from North Idaho comprised of the Richards siblings: Betsy (fiddle), Seth (keyboard/bass), Graham (guitar), David (cajon), and Marilee (bass).


Have a listen on their website

Calling by Claire Takemori


Santa Cruz Contra Dance in the news! An article in the Good Times Weekly

 

Dances coming up:

 

  • Sunday, Feb. 11, 2-9, Contra Cruz 2018, Veterans Memorial Hall.
  • Friday, Feb. 23, 7-10, Live Oak Grange, music and caller to be announced.

For more info: www.santacruzdance.org

 

Please

  • Bring soft-soled, non-marking shoes to help protect the floor

  • Keep our dances fragrance free for the comfort of all

  • Bring a snack to share if you have one.

  • Help support our community -- invite a new friend to experiene contra dancing!


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Hip Hop, Acoustic Guitar or African Drumming
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Parks and Community Services Department
Date: Every day (Jan 26-Jan 31) from 11:00am to 12:00pm


ACOUSTIC GUITAR Mondays 1/29-3/19 6:30-8pm
HIP HOP DANCE Thursday 2/1-3/22 6:30-8pm
AFRICAN DRUMMING Fridays 2/2-3/23 6:30-8pm

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

Registration fee only $40 (includes 8 sessions)
Space is limited!
All classes: ages 11 - 22
Snacks provided

Register at PCS Customer Service Center
231 Union St (M-F 9am-4pm)
Registration ends January 22 >>> extended to  1/31

For more information, call 768-3240
or email mariposasart@artscouncilsc.org


Location: 231 Union St, Watsonville Map
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Free Open Rehearsals
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Santa Cruz County Symphony
Opportunity to see musicians rehearsing ahd interacting prior to a performance
Date: 01/26/2018 from 7:30am to 10:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free

Witness music coming to life!

Enjoy a behind the scenes look as the musicians, soloists and our Maestro rehears for their performances.

Rehearsals are from 7:30 - 10:00 pm at the Civic Auditorium.

Open Rehearsals are free to the public. Donations are always welcome.

"The best thing about attending the rehearsals is hearing, seeing, and feeling the focus and cooperation of the Maestro and the musicians as they perfect the repertoire I have studied in school." (Cabrillo college student)

"One thing I've learned from this experience is when the conductor has a particular sound in mind and isn't getting it, changing what he does with his hands is often significantly more effective than what he says." (Home schooled student)

Location: Santa Cruz Civic Center, 307 Church St, Aptos Map
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Urinetown onstage at Mount Madonna School
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Mount Madonna School
Fresh, relevant and provocative: a story with a controversial, edgy message couched in humor.
Date: Every day (Jan 26-Jan 28)
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: January 26, 27, 28

Urinetown onstage at Mount Madonna School

Fresh, relevant and provocative: a story with a controversial, edgy message couched in humor. The story is set in a dystopian 'near future' where decades of drought have led to water shortages and private toilets are outlawed. The evil Urine Good Company has taken control and charges people big fees to use public latrines, and those who can't pay up...pay dearly...

 

All seats reserved. Tickets on sale at http://mmsurinetown.bpt.me.

More information at www.MountMadonnaSchool.org

7pm on Friday and Saturday

2pm on Sunday


Location: 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna Map
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Storytelling Night: "Stories for a New Year"
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State Park Mission
We'll gather around the campfire for hot chocolate, songs, skits, and stories
Date: 01/26/2018 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 January 2018) Park_Mission_Storytelling-Night.jpgStorytelling Night: "Stories for a New Year"

Friday, January 26 at 6:30pm

Gather around the campfire as storyteller Jim Cockrell & friends spin tales of adventure, mystery, and laughter. Bundle up!

 

We'll provide the hot chocolate. Event is free.

 

The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 144 School Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Meet the Fosters
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Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
Meet fostering parents and pets
Date: 01/27/2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm


(0 January 2018) FosterHomesWanted.jpgOur next Foster Orientation is January 27th: www.scanimalshelter.org/foster.

 

Thank you for considering opening your heart and home to our shelter's homeless animals. Your generosity will provide young and old, injured and sick, abused and undersocialized animals a chance to grow or heal before finding their forever homes. In addition, fostering animals creates space in the shelter to accommodate other homeless animals.

 

Our next Foster orientation for the public will be January 27, 2018 from 2:00 - 4:00. This orientation is catered to people with a primary interest in fostering and is a fast-track version of the training. Registration is required to reserve a seat.

 

Fostering animals can be a wonderful experience for you and your family; you can feel good knowing you have helped save an animal's life. Your act of kindness is repaid in rewards that are beyond words.

  • At the orientation, you will sign and return the Foster Care Application.
  • Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter staff approves all foster parent applications and all foster animal/foster parent matches.

Location: 1001 Rodriguez St, Santa Cruz Map
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Nature-Crafted Inks & Watercolor Paints
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
If this class fills, let them know you would like another opportunity!
Date: 01/27/2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: $45 members/ $60 non-members plus $10 for materials

(0 January 2018) ArboretumBouquetPaint.jpgInk and paint making will be merged into one comprehensive
workshop on local color palettes. Learn about the origins of color,work with select rock and plant samples, and take a local walk to learn about different species that lend themselves
to exquisite color. Each participant will learn hands on paint grinding techniques and will take home a sample card of local colors and an instructional pamphlet on how to reproduce the process. Ages 12 and up. Class size is limited to 12, so sign up now!


Call to pay and reserve your space
Cost $45 members/ $60 non-members plus $10 for materials
(831)502-2998
Office hours: 9am-5pm Monday through Friday

Instructor: Melody Overstreet
Melody Overstreet is a local artist, poet, and educator.
She has exhibited her work locally as well as internationally. She teaches Book Arts at Kirby School, and offers nature-craft centered workshops through Cabrillo College Extension, UCSC, and The Santa Cruz Natural History Museum. Her educational approach emphasizes the importance of connection to our origins through place, community, and seeds.


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Community Day at the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Community Day at the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery, Sponsored by Triple P Santa Cruz County, a program of First 5 Sa
Date: 01/27/2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm


Enjoy free admission to the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery (SCCMOD). Visit Triple P practitioners and First 5 staff at the SCCMOD for a chance to win raffle prizes, get quick parenting tips and tools, and have fun learning and exploring with your children!


Location: Santa Cruz Children's Museum of , 1855 41st Ave, Capitola Map
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Songs of Past, Present & Future
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Santa Cruz County Symphony
Wagner, Strauss and Rimsky-Korsakov! Songs of the Past, Present and Future
Date: Every day (Jan 27-Jan 28)

Special Instructions: Sunday at The Mello, Watsonville

Songs of Past, Present & Future


Saturday, January 27, 2018, 7:30 PM 10:00 PM
Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium


Sunday, January 28, 2018, 2:00 PM 4:30 PM
Henry J. Mello Center for the Performing Arts

 

Richard Wagner Overture to Die Meistersinger

Richard Strauss Vier letzte Lieder (Four last songs)
Michelle Bradley, soprano

Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade


Location: Santa Cruz Civic Center, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Into Africa
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Rio Theater
The wonders of wild Africa
Date: 01/27/2018 at 3:00pm
Admission Fees: $20 Gen, $45 Gold Circle
Special Instructions: Show times: 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

(0 January 2018) Seymour_Into-Africa-Frans-Lanting.jpgInto Africa, Frans Lanting and Chris Eckstrom

Join us for a new presentation by renowned photographer Frans Lanting and his partner, Chris Eckstrom, about the wonders of wild Africa. During journeys over the past 30 years, they have documented the wildlife and natural heritage of some of the most celebrated landscapes on Earth.

INTO AFRICA is based on Frans Lanting's landmark exhibition of the same name, which was produced as a partnership with the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and the National Geographic Society, with support from the World Wildlife Fund.

Proceeds will benefit the marine science education and conservation programs at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. 

Ocean Sponsor: Jo Lynne and Fred Jones
Coastal Sponsors
Day One Solar
Elizabeth Quinn M.S. D.C.
Karon Properties
Plaza Lane Optometry
Santa Cruz County Bank

Buy tickets to the show you wish to attend. Tickets are not interchangeable between shows. Thank you.


Show times: 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Tickets: $20 Gen, $45 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com and and Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Artists website: www.lanting.com
Event website: www.seymourcenter.ucsc.edu


Location: 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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8th Annual Whalefest Monterey
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Fisherman's Wharf Association
Ocean-themed exhibits and activities fun for all ages, Whale Watching Capital of the World
Date: Every day (Jan 27-Jan 28) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: free

Don't miss a free fun and educational, interactive family event for all ages that celebrates the migration of the gray whales and much more! The event also benefits many local and national marine organizations that educate, inspire, and empower the public to protect the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Weather permitting, whale watching tours, fishing, sailing and glass bottom boats will be operating from the Wharf (for a fee), and Wharf restaurants will be serving lunch and dinner. Wharf shops will also be featuring marine-themed merchandise.

The two-day event will feature a wide array of fun and informative activities including:


• Dee: The Beautiful Inflatable 43-foot Whale will be back at Whalefest. Attendees are able to go inside and see the ribs, heart, lungs, baleen, stomach and esophagus.

• Gyutaku, the Japanese art of stenciling fish, will be a fun activity for kids from Noon to 4:00 pm both days in front of Abalonetti Bar & Grill as well as scrimshaw-making with soap.

• The popular animatronic Coastie the Safety Boat™, a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 64 Monterey, will roam and talk with attendees.

• Seafloor Science ROV Day Camp will have underwater robotic kits to build and drive, Boe Bots to program, plus other ocean tech equipment to check out.

• Marine Life Studies Take it to the Streets™ is partnering with Save Our Shores and Surfrider for the Whalefest Community Cleanup (beach and streets). Meet 11:00 am on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the Marine Life Studies Booth.

• Abalone Races sponsored by Monterey Abalone Company.

There will also be many colorful photo ops with costumed animals roaming the Wharf area including a whale, leatherback turtle, mola-mola, shark and the Bag Monster.

The event will feature many other interactive "edutaining" displays and activities on both days from American Cetacean Society, California Coastal Commission, Camp SEA Lab, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Heirs to Our Oceans, Hess Design, Marine Life Studies, Marine Mammal Center, Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club, Otter Project, Pacific Grove Museum, Save the Whales, Seafloor Science ROV. Sea Otter Savvy, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Student Oceanography Club and Sustainable Monterey, with additional organizations to be confirmed soon.

Live Musical Entertainment
The event will feature an array of great live music including Nick Fettis and his "Orca"stra, Richard Carr (Creator/performer of piano/keyboard soundtracks for the soul, mind & body), Mark Richardson ("Mountain Dulcimer of an Eclectic Kind"), Bill Minor (keyboards) & Richard Rosen (harmonica), Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band, Monterey High School Jazz Band and Jonah and the Whale Watchers.


Location: Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf, 1 Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey Map
Phone: 831-238-0777 •website Monterey create a direct event link
Daughter & Me Dance
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Scotts Valley Educational Foundation
A chance to dress-up, mingle, dance, enjoy some good food, indulge in a candy buffet, get formal pictures taken with your gal, a
Date: 01/27/2018


(0 January 2018) MadhattersBall.jpgGrab your daughters and come celebrate the Scotts Valley Educational Foundation's 2nd annual Daughter & Me Dance on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Bruno's Bar & Grill.

 

This event is more than a dance but an experience and a chance to dress-up, mingle, dance, enjoy some good food, indulge in a candy buffet, get formal pictures taken with your gal, and enter for a chance to win amazing raffle prizes all the while raising money for all four of the Scotts Valley schools!

Daughter & Me Dance is open to all elementary school age and teenage girls.


Phone: (831)247-4805 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Songs of Past, Present & Future
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Santa Cruz County Symphony
Wagner, Strauss & Rimsky-Korsakov
Date: Every day (Jan 27-Jan 28)


Songs of Past, Present & Future

 

Saturday, January 27, 2018, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz
7:30 PM 10:00 PM


Sunday, January 28, 2018, Henry J. Mello Center, Watsonville
2:00 PM 4:30 PM

 

Richard Wagner Overture to Die Meistersinger

Richard Strauss Vier letzte Lieder (Four last songs)
Michelle Bradley, soprano

Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade

 

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Phone: (831) 239-0442 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Garden Plant Exchange
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Live Oak Grange
Bring anything from your garden to trade with like minded gardeners
Date: The 4th Sa of every month from 8:00am to 9:00am
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Fundraiser for grange

The Grange Garden Exchange

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Phenology Walk
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Arboretum
Study the science of the seasons: be a part of a national effort to monitor the effects of climate change.
Date: The 4th Sa of every month (Jan 27-Feb 24) from 11:00am to 1:00pm

Special Instructions: $5 for Adults and $2 for Children (6 to 17 years old), and free under 6

Phenology walks are back! Free with admission.

Please meet at Norrie's Gift Shop.

Study the science of the seasons: be a part of a national effort to monitor the effects of climate change.

Phenology: nature's calendar: phenology is the timing of life cycle events, for example: when plants first bloom, birds migrate, and insects hatch.

Monitoring phenology is important: changing phenology is a key indicator of climate change. It is a hot topic in climate change research. You may have even observed phenology change without realizing it, like if you noticed plants in your garden blooming earlier during warm years.

YOU can collect phenology data and contribute to climate change research: The Garden Phenology Walk gathers data on seasonal changes in plants including when they leaf out, flower and form fruit. Help us monitor 18 permanently marked California native plants while touring the beautiful Native Plant Garden. Your data will be uploaded to the USA National Phenology Network's (link to USANPN) database for use in research, policy and land management.

Help us collect data:Come to a workshop: Phenology researcher Karen Tanner provides hands-on data collection training.

Note: New time slot for sessions. Space is limited, advanced registration is recommended. (eventful link)

January 27, Saturday, 11 am-1 pm. Meet at the picnic table behind Norrie's Gift Shop.
February 24, Saturday,11 am-1 pm. Meet at the picnic table behind Norrie's Gift Shop.
March 18, Sunday,11 am-1 pm. Meet at the picnic table behind Norrie's Gift Shop.


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
INTO AFRICA
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
A New Presentation by Frans Lanting & Chris Eckstrom about the wonders of wild Africa
Date: 01/27/2018
Ages: All

(0 January 2018) Seymour_Into-Africa-Frans-Lanting.jpgINTO AFRICA
A New Presentation by Frans Lanting & Chris Eckstrom

 

Join us for a new presentation by renowned photographer Frans Lanting and his partner, Chris Eckstrom, about the wonders of wild Africa.

 

During many journeys over the past 30 years, they have documented the wildlife and natural heritage of some of the most celebrated landscapes on earth.

 

INTO AFRICA is based on Frans Lanting's landmark exhibition of the same name, which was produced as a partnership with the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and the National Geographic Society, with support from the World Wildlife Fund.

 

Proceeds from this show will benefit the marine science education and conservation programs of the Seymour Center.

 

Call the Seymour Center for more information or to become a sponsor. (831) 459-3800

 

Ocean Sponsors

Jo Lynne and Fred Jones

 

Coastal Sponsors 

David Morrell, Realtor,  Day One, Solar Energy Now,  Elizabeth Quinn, MS DC,  Karon Properties,  Plaza Lane Optometry,  Santa Cruz County Bank


Location: Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Wool, Spinning, and Weaving
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State Park Mission
Follow the path of wool from the sheep to the shirt...spin your own wool
Date: 01/27/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Wool, Spinning, and Weaving

Saturday, January 27 from 1pm to 2pm

How did an isolated settlement clothe the hundreds of people who lived there? Take an in depth look at the cloth industry of Mission Santa Cruz. We will follow the path of wool from the sheep to the shirt. Try your hand at a drop spindle and spin your own wool. Event is free. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Community Restoration
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Watsonville Wetlands
Join us to help restore wetlands...
Date: 01/27/2018 from 9:30am to 12:00pm


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Volunteers Restore Habitat in the Watsonville Wetlands!

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Directions

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


Location: 500 Harkins Slough Rd., Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-345-1226 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Maternity and Pregnancy Rights
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Santa Clara County Wage Theft Coalition
Learn about maternity rights...
Date: 01/27/2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm


There will be separate presentations in English, Tagalog, and Spanish.

Child Care will be provided

Lunch will be provided.

The workshop will include a presentation the Pregnancy Disability Leave Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act/California Family Rights Act), the Paid Family Leave Act, State Disability Insurance, reasonable accommodation, pregnancy discrimination and harassment, Kin Care, and Lactation laws.

 


Location: SCC Office 11th Floor, 70 W Hedding Street, San Jose Map
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Open House Castro Adobe
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State Park Castro Adobe
Join us for this easy guided walk to hear the stories of the Pjaro Valleys past.
Date: 01/27/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm

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

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

 

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

 

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


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-335-6318 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
The Canterbury Tales, or Chaucer's Flying Circus
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AFE (Alternative Family Education)
The Canterbury Tales, or Geoffrey Chaucer's Flying Circus
Date: Every day (Jan 27-Jan 28)
Ages: 5-100 Admission Fees: $10 at the door
Special Instructions: Sat, Jan. 27 at 7PM and Sun, Jan. 28 at 2 PM & 6PM

AFE High School Theatre presents
The Canterbury Tales, or Geoffrey Chaucer's Flying Circus
Written by Burton Bumgarner
Directed by Terri Steinmann

(0 January 2018) CanterburyTales2.jpgCombine the great literature of Chaucer and the humor of Monty Python and you get this silly yet educational comedy that is sure to delight intellectuals and peanut galleries alike. Join us for a fun night following Chaucer's characters through multiple tales filled with insight and laughter. AFE's High School Theater group is always entertaining for the whole family, but get your tickets quick as shows will sell out.

Performances: Saturday, Jan. 27 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, Jan. 28 at 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM, 2018

 


Advance Tickets $6 Youth, $8 Adult, $10 at the door
Advanced tickets available for purchase in the AFE Resource Center from Monday, Jan 8th through 3pm Friday, Jan 26.

Sponsored by AFE, The AFE Parent Club, Arts Council Santa Cruz County SPECTRA Grant, & the California Arts Council

Produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Englewood, Colorado


Location: Broadway Playhouse, 526 Broadway Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Seal Adventure Weekend
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Coastside State Parks Association
Visitors will have access to linger for an entire morning (8:30am-12pm) or afternoon (1:30pm-5pm) to view the elephant seals at
Date: Every day (Jan 27-Jan 28)
Admission Fees: Tickets: $60

Seal Adventure Weekend

Saturday and Sunday, January 27 and 28, 2018

The nonprofit Coastside State Parks Association (CSPA) and California State Parks are hosting Seal Adventure Weekend, a special fundraising event to support educational and interpretive programs at Año Nuevo State Park and other California State Parks along the San Mateo coast. For one weekend only, visitors will have access to linger for an entire morning (8:30am-12pm) or afternoon (1:30pm-5pm) to view the elephant seals at the peak of the breeding season. This rare opportunity is one that can be enjoyed by everyone-from families to avid wildlife photographers. Seal Adventure tickets will be available for sale online starting in early November for CSPA members and late November for the public. Tickets are $60 per person and limited to 100 visitors for each half-day.


Location: Ano Nuevo, Hwy 1, Pescadero Map
Phone: 800.444.4445 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Volunteer! Make Animal Toys for SPCA
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SPCA
Fun making animal toys for animals!
Date: 01/28/2018 at 4:00pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 January 2018) spca_Logo2.jpgVolunteer to make some fun toys for the animals staying at the shelter. Bring your family and help a great cause! All materials provided.

 

This event will be held at Bookshop Santa Cruz as part of The Compassion Project, inspired by Ann M. Martin's children's novel Rain Reign.

 

Like Rose's love for her dog, Rain, put your compassion into action! Support our local SPCA at a volunteer event to help make toys for animals at the shelter. Join us at Bookshop Santa Cruz-materials will be provided.

 


Location: Bookshop Sant Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Open House
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Good Shepherd Catholic School
Students are excited to welcome families of all faiths, and to share the inspiring curriculum based on 21st Century trends. Clas
Date: 01/28/2018 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm


Good Shepherd Catholic School Open House  Good Shepherd Catholic School will kick off Catholic School's Week, a national event, with an Open House. Students are excited to welcome families of all faiths, and to share the inspiring curriculum based on 21st Century trends. Classes in robotics, engineering, technology, art, music, Spanish, and Life Lab, are just a few highlights.

 

Good Shepherd Catholic School- Preschool - 8th grade, 2727 Mattison Lane. Santa Cruz. For more information, please visit www.gsschool.org or call 476-4000.

 

 


Location: 2727 Mattison Lane, Santa Cruz Map
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Open House
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Salesian School
Come experience our family scavenger hunt; a great opportunity to explore our campus, meet our entire TK- 8 Grade Faculty and le
Date: 01/28/2018 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm


Salesian School Open House 

We welcome prospective families to attend our Open House Event. Come experience our family scavenger hunt; a great opportunity to explore our campus, meet our entire TK- 8 Grade Faculty and learn about our programs. Our classrooms will be open and we will be serving a free light lunch. Not able to make it to Open House? We offer private school-day tours.

Contact us at office@salesianschool.org or 728-5518 to schedule a tour appointment. Come and learn more about what makes Salesian a truly special learning family. Salesian Elementary and Junior High School, 605 Enos Lane, Corralitos. 728-5518. www.salesianschool.org

 


Location: 605 Enos Lane, Corralitos Map
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Triple P Seminar: The Power of Positive Parenting
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
This seminar is the first in a series of three for families with children birth - 12 years old.
Date: 01/29/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Triple P seminars offer general parenting tips that can be used in a wide range of situations. This seminar is the first in a series of three for families with children birth - 12 years old. You can attend one, two or all three of the seminars in the series.

The Power of Positive Parenting provides an introduction to the Triple P program and positive parenting strategies. Attend this free seminar to learn how to: Provide positive learning environments for children; Use assertive discipline; Have realistic expectations and take care of yourself.

This Triple P Seminar is FREE and open to the public. Free child care is available with advance registration. Light snacks will be provided for children and adults.

Presented in English by: Sandra Rodelo, Community Bridges - La Manzana Community Resources
Location: Bay View Elementary, Library, 1231 Bay St, Santa Cruz
To register: Contact Sandra Rodelo at (831) 724-2997 x211 or sandrar@cbridges.org or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: Bay View Elementary, Library, 1231 Bay St, Santa Cruz Map
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Start Smart - Teen Driver Safety Class
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Library Aptos
Defensive driving, DUI awareness, traffic laws, dynamics of traffic collisions and tips on avoiding them
Date: 01/29/2018 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

Start Smart - Teen Driver Safety Class (7:00 PM-8:00 PM)

The California Highway Patrol offers a traffic safety program for teenage drivers and their parents. The primary objective is to provide teens and parents with an understanding of how poor choices behind the wheel can impact the lives of many. Traffic collisions are the lead cause of death for ages 15-20. The Start Smart Program provides information on: Defensive driving, DUI awareness, traffic laws, dynamics of traffic collisions and tips on avoiding them.

 

Reserve a spot in the class by calling: 831-662-0511


Location: 7695 Soquel Dr., Aptos Map
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Campus Tour
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Mount Madonna School
Come visit Mount Madonna School
Date: 01/30/2018 from 9:30am to 11:30am
Ages: All with school-age children Admission Fees: Free

Small classes and learning that goes beyond the classroom walls, Montessori-influenced Pre/K and college prep 1st-12th grades. Featuring hands-on science labs, outdoor adventure, travel, marine biology studies on Catalina Island, buddy program, visual and performing arts. Contact Benna Dimig at 408-846-4042 or admissions@mountmadonna.org


Location: 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna Map
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Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 years)
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 years)
Date: Every Tues from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: adults Admission Fees: $80.00

This dynamic 8-week Positive Discipline parenting class series helps parents of preschoolers understand and effectively guide children's behaviors, set and uphold limits with a combination of kindness and firmness, and encourage children to cooperate feel more capable, and regulate their big emotions.

 

Limited scholarships and childcare available but only if requested in advance by calling 831-476-7284 x107


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Triple P Workshop: Encouraging Your Teen to Cooperate
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Triple P Workshop: Encouraging Your Teen to Cooperate
Date: 01/31/2018 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm


Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues. This free Triple P Workshop offered by La Manzana Community Resources provides tips and guidance about: Common causes of conflict between teens and parents; Strategies to encourage teens to cooperate; How to respond calmly and consistently when teens are uncooperative.

This Triple P Workshop is FREE and open to the public. Free child care is available with advance registration. Light snacks will be provided for adults and children.

Presented in English by: Gladys Gómez, Community Bridges - La Manzana Community Resources
Location: Community Bridges, Community Room, 236 Santa Cruz Ave, Aptos To register: Contact Gladys Gómez at (831) 724-2997 x220 or gladysg@cbridges.org or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: Community Bridges, 236 Santa Cruz Ave., Aptos Map
Phone: 831-724-2997 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Movie: YouLaugh But It's True
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Library Aptos
Join us for this screening of "You Laugh But It's True."
Date: 01/31/2018 at 6:30pm
Ages: 8 and up Admission Fees: Free

(0 January 2018) YouLaughButItsTrue.jpgThe Friends of the Aptos Library hosts a film series as part of Our Community Reads, their program designed to bring members of the Santa Cruz County community together around one book. The book is "Born A Crime," by Trevor Noah.

Join us for this screening of "You Laugh But It's True."


Get to know the author as we screen this documentary of Trevor Noah's comedic rise. A compelling, insightful story and very entertaining.

Popcorn provided.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: 831- 427-7700 ext. 7665 •website Aptos create a direct event link
CASE Art, stands for Creative, Artistic, Scientific, Expressive
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Library Scotts Valley
Kids in art by using their own creativity while learning about the relationship between art and science
Date: The 3rd Wed of every month (Jan 17-May 16) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: 6-10

The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL) has announced a new ongoing STEAM program for kids set to begin on January 17th, 2018 and continue every third Wednesday of the month from 2:00pm - 4:00pm through May at the Scotts Valley Library.

 

The program, called CASE Art, stands for Creative, Artistic, Scientific, Expressive. This new monthly class for ages 6-10 involves kids in art by using their own creativity while learning about the relationship between art and science. Parents are welcome to observe and learn, but the art is for the kids.  At the first class kids will experiment with Zentangle Snowflakes. Every class will involve art and the science behind the art.

 

"Learning about the relationship between art and science at an early way is a great way to get young children on the path to academic success," says Library Director Susan Nemitz. "And we have noticed that kids really enjoy learning from other kids."

 

The class is led by Scotts Valley High School student Anna, who is in her junior year. She has fond memories of the art and craft classes at Scotts Valley Library when she was younger and wants to create similar memories for other Scotts Valley kids.


Location: 251 Mount Hermon Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Does your child enjoy art? Science?
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Kids ages 6-10 are invited to craft with Anna and learn about the relationship between art and science.
Date: The 3rd Wed of every month (Jan 17-May 16) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Peer Led STEAM

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Does your child enjoy art? Science?

CASE stands for Creative, Artistic, Scientific, Expressive

Kids ages 6-10 are invited to craft with Anna and learn about the relationship between art and science. The goal is to involve kids in art using their own creativity. Parents are welcome to observe and learn but the art is for the kids.

Starts January 17

  • Every 3rd Wednesday of the month

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Scotts Valley Library • 251 Kings Village Rd.

 

At the first class kids will experiment with Zentangle Snowflakes. Every class will involve art and the science behind the art.

 

Anna is a junior at Scotts Valley High School. She has fond memories of the art and craft classes at Scotts Valley Library when she was younger and wants to replicate those memories for other Scotts Valley kids.


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 210-6551 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Genealogy Research Group
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Library La Selva Beach
Interested in genealogy? At a dead-end? Have a new source to share? Join us
Date: The 3rd Wed of every month from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Genealogy Research Group

 

This new group meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month to explore genealogy related research topics. Learn how to use the resources paid for by the library as well as other online sources to find all kinds of genealogical information. Laptops are provided, and you are welcome to bring your own as well.

 

Interested in genealogy? At a dead-end? Have a new source to share? Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for hands-on research using the library's databases and internet resources. We will have laptops available for your use.


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