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Oliver the Parrot
Learn about parrots with the coolest parrot around, Oliver!
06/25/2018 at 5:30pm
Location: 2380 Portola Dr., Santa Cruz Map

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Learn about parrots with the coolest parrot around, Oliver!

All ages are invited to enjoy parrot stories, songs, facts about parrots, and make a parrot craft while meeting Oliver and his human.

 

Monday, June 25th 5:30pm

Oliver will be back in July at Boulder Creek, Garfield Park and Live Oak again! Check back for dates and times.

 

This event is part of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries Summer Reading Program

 

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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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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

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. 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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Knitting @ the Library
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Library Scotts Valley
Learn to knit
Date: Every Mon from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 8 & up Admission Fees: Free

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


Location: 230-D Mount Hermon Road Kings Village Shopping Center, Scotts Valley Map
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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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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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Live Oak Knitters
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Library Live Oak
Knit, chat, learn, make new friends
Date: Every Mon from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Get together with other knitters to knit, chat, and make new friends. No registration required. The group meets every Monday from 11am- 1pm. Call 427-7711 for more information.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
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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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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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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