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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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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
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
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

Guided Adobe Tour

Sunday, May 5 at 11am

Sunday, May 6 at 1pm

Sunday, May 20 at 1pm

Join us at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for a guided tour of the oldest building in town. 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 at 144 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
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
Phone: (650) 879-2025 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Contra Dancing
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Santa Cruz Dance
Contra couples dancing for beginners and experienced dancers - Make dance magic happen on the dance floor!
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 7+ Admission Fees: $12
Special Instructions: Beginner's lesson at 5:40. Dancing 7:00-10:00

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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


Location: Veteran's Memorial Building, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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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
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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
Phone: 831.684.2275 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Girls Night Out
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Art Factory
Treat yourself to some time with the girls, wine and cheese and a create evening. Call Yvette for schedule!
Date: Every Fri from 7:00pm to 9:00pm


Friday Night Girl's Night Out!

 

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

 

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

 

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


Location: Redwood Village #15, 9099 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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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
Reach for the Stars: Star Types & Light Pollution
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Library Boulder Creek
Star Types & Light Pollution
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

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Tuesday, June 26

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

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


Note: Boulder Creek Library: Star Types & Light Pollution

 

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


Location: 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder reek Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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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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
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