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Community Open House
Free admission for Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito County residents
Every day (Dec 1-Dec 9) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Location: 886 Cannery Row, Monterey Map

 

Schooling Pacific sardines in the Open Sea exhibit

Community Open House

    Tri-county residents enjoy free admission during our annual Community Open House. Visitors must present a photo ID (student IDs also accepted) or proof of residence, such as a current utility bill, at the Main Entrance.

To show appreciation for our local community, we're offering a variety of special promotions throughout 2018 to residents of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties (valid identification required). Visitors must present a photo ID (student IDs also accepted) or proof of residence, such as a current utility bill, at the Main Entrance.

 

All offers are valid on site only. Guests of local tri-county residents must pay regular admission prices.

 

Free admission is good during regular aquarium hours,! from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

 

Guests from outside Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito County - including relatives or friends of local residents - can accompany local residents, but will be charged regular admission fees.

 

Community Open House is made possible in part by the support of our Business Partners.

 

For general aquarium information including daily program schedules, visit www.montereybayaquarium.org or call (831) 648-4800. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is located at 886 Cannery Row in Monterey.

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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
Phone: 831-427-7712 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Usegi Farm for Fall Fun
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Uesugi Farms
Pumpkinville Railroad, Corn Maze, Pumpkin Blasters and Pumpkins for Sale
Date: Every day (Sep 25-Oct 31)
Admission Fees: free to enter, fees for ticketed rides

Ride the Pumpkinville Railroad!  Take a nostalgic ride aboard our Allan Herschell Iron Horse or our blue and yellow Arrow Streamliner trains. Visit Morgania, where our scarecrows live.

Operates 9am-closing daily.


Get Lost in Kayla's Korn Maze.  Try to find your way out of this 2 acre corn maze with interactive trivia cards.  Fun for the whole family.

 

(0 Sept 2017) hayjump.jpgHay Jump  Have the kids jump on this gianormous jumper made of giant haybales. What a great way for the kids to burn some energy!

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

Pumpkin Pete's Enchanted Hayride  Meet Pumpkin Pete and travel through some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring lands of Uesugi Farms. Visit Pumpkinland, our gorgeous Sunflower Gallery, and the spectacular Marigoldland, filled with over 100,000 hand-sown flowers. This one of a kind hayride is completely narrated and complimented with charming music. It's a must see!

Operates 9am-6:30pm daily.

 

The Cow Train  This may be the silliest fun you have all year! A favorite with the kids!

Operates 9am-closing daily.


Pumpkin Blasters
Come and shoot targets with mini pumpkins out of this gun... at 90mph. What a blast!!  Safe for all ages.


Pumpkins for Sale

We have tons of pumpkins to choose from.  All sorts of sizes, shapes and varieties.  We also sell haybales, corstalks, indian corn, different squashes, gourds and flowers.

 

Butterfly Valley  Take a stroll along this path and learn about the fascinating lives of butterflies through interactive storyboards.

Operates 9am-6:30pm daily.

 

Bootsie The Bee  Follow the corn path to discover all of Bootsie’s colorful, textured friends, and learn fascinating ‘bee-facts’ too. Be sure to visit Bootsie at night. All the storyboards are lit up with blacklights.

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

(0 Sept 2017) pumpkinpyramid.jpgCarousel  Everyone can remember riding a carousel as a youngster, and this one rivals the best.

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

Pumpkin Blasters  Come and shoot targets with mini pumpkins out of this gun… at 90mph.
What a blast!! Safe for all ages.

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

Pumpkin Pyramid  It takes over 4000 pumpkins to cover our pyramid. A splendiferice site of epic proportions. Have your picture taken while sitting in our king or queen thrones.

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

Fees


Location: 14485 Monterey Highway, San Martin Map
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Tech Talks
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Tech Talks about news and entertainment, travel, & health
Date: Every Mon from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

Special guest, Philip King, shares his favorite tech tools and tips that can enrich your life. Join as we explore and discuss the following topics:

9/10 - News and Entertainment
9/17 - Travel
9/24 - Health

Free! Coffee provided!


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
The Great Big Boo!
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Gilroy Gardens
Spooky-but-not-too-scary Halloween event
Date: Every day (Sep 21-Oct 28) from 5:00pm to 10:00pm


There are lots of fun things to "BOO" during Gardens@Night Halloween at Gilroy Gardens! As the sun sets, a mysterious glow illuminates the park for this spooky-but-not-too-scary Halloween event. Go trick-or-treating along the Boo Trail, "Do the Boo" at The Great Big Boo! live musical show, venture into the Spider's Lair (if you dare!), and enjoy your favorite rides in the dark. You'll also find fun food and Halloween treats plus craft beers and local wines at the Marketplace.

 

Buy Tickets Now: www.gilroygardens.org

 

The Great Big Boo!
Come "Do the Boo" with a charming cast of spooky characters in our all-new LIVE musical show playing nightly at Lakeside Amphitheater. Meet Vinnie the Vampire, Cranium the Mad Scientist, and Wendella the Witch on a wacky adventure to save Halloween.

 

Get your 2019 Premium Card now to enjoy Halloween@Night and all of the 2019 season: www.gilroygardens.org

Ride the Boo Train


Climb aboard for a 20-minute ride through the BOO-tiful park at night...with stops along the way to make this a very special BOO-tastic experience! Tickets available for an extra charge.

 

Open 5-10 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, September 21 - October 28.


Location: 3050 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy Map
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Pumpkin Patch, You Pick Pumpkins
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Rodoni Farms
Great local place to pick your pumpkin right from the field and have fun in the corn maze!
Date: Every day (Sep 22-Oct 31)

Special Instructions: 4 miles North of Santa Cruz, California on Hwy. 1

Pumpkins are HERE!!

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Pumpkins and fun are what it's all about! Come roam through the fields of pumpkins. There are so many varieties to choose from! We have hay bales, scary cutouts, and a 5 acre corn maze! We also have fresh Brussels sprouts on the stalk, artichokes, corn stalks, and gourds.
**Pumpkins are priced by size, not weight.

 

Choosing your pumpkin:
There are two methods of choosing your pumpkin to carve. The first way is my favorite. As you stroll through the pumpkin patch a certain individual pumpkin will jump out at you! That's the ONE! The other method is to have a pattern or face in mind and look for a pumpkin that will work with your design. Usually a large stem makes a nice addition to the pumpkin.
Remember!. The more unusual the better!

 

  • Bring your camera! There are many fun photo spots!
  • Come spend the day by the California coastline and hand pick your Halloween pumpkin!
  • We are open every daily, 9 AM - 6 PM from October 1st through Halloween. After Halloween we will remain open on the honor system until Christmas.
  • We are dog friendly. We kindly ask that you keep them on a leash at all times and pick-up after them, if need be.
  • CASH OR CHECK ONLY PLEASE.

To schedule Pumpkin Patch field trips click here


Directions:
Our Pumpkin Patch, U Pick Em Pumpkins, is located at 4444 Coast Rd. (Hwy 1)

4 miles North of Santa Cruz, California on Hwy. 1. Take Mission Street through the center of town and continue on to Hwy. 1 towards San Francisco/ Halfmoon Bay. We are on the right side just after Dimeo Lane.


Location: 4444 Coast Rd. , Santa Cruz Map
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Live Oak Knitters
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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
Google Science Fair
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Google Science Fair is an online science competition, open to students between the ages of 13 and 18 from around the world.
Date: Every day (Sep 13-Dec 12)


Google Science Fair is an online science competition, open to students between the ages of 13 and 18 from around the world.

 

You can sign up starting September 13th 2018 by visiting googlesciencefair.com and clicking on the Start your project button. If you're not sure where to start, you can get help by taking a look at our Student resources and checking out some out some of our previous winners.

 

 

This competition is open to full-time and home-schooled students around the world, between ages of 13 and 18 (these ages are slightly different in a few countries like Israel, South Korea and Europe). See the Official Rules for more details.


You can win amazing prizes.

 

Submissions close December 12th, 2018

Global finalists announced May 2019


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Pumpkin Farms
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Pumpkin Farmers
Pumpkin Farms and more!
Date: Every day (Sep 27-Oct 31) from 8:00am to 9:00am


Borchard Farms
142 Rodgers Road, Salinas
Find thousands of pumpkins, gourds, and squash a Ghost Town, Haunted Barn, 5 acre corn maze, and lots of farm animals.

Crystal Bay Farm
40 Zils Road, Watsonville
Great variety at this small organic farm!

The Farm
Spreckles Blvd Exit off Hwy 68, Salinas
Family friendly pumpkin patch, animals, hay rides, puppet shows and a cow train.

Rodoni Farms
4444 Coast Road, Santa Cruz
North of Santa Cruz on HWY 1.
Beautiful views, pumpkins, specialty squash, a fun corn maze and hay forts.

Arata Pumpkin Farm
185 Verde Rd
Half Moon Bay
Hay maze, haunted barn, hay rides, petting zoo and a pumpkin for everyone!

Cardinale and Wright Pumpkin Patch
Monterey Fairgrounds
2004 Fairground Road, Monterey
Great service and lots of pumpkins to choose from.

Earthbound Farms
725 Carmel Valley Road,Carmel Valley
Farm stand with organic veggies, frozen yogurt, pumpkins and a children's garden.

Hacienda Hay and Feed
7180 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley
Haunted hay maze, pumpkins,donkey, goats, turtles, an Emu, and more

Swank Farms
4751 Pacheco Pass Highway, Hollister
Huge pumpkin patch! Giant corn maze, little kids' play areas, jumping pillows, cow train, corn cannons, hours of fun for the kids!

Lemos Farm
12320 San Mateo Rd. (Hwy 92)
Half Moon Bay
One zone for the little ones who don't want to be really scared and another scare zone with live actors who will do their best to "scare the yell out of you," train rides, hay rides, pony rides and pumpkins

Uesugi Farms
14485 Monterey Highway, San Martin
Pumpkinville Railroad, Corn Maze, Pumpkin Blasters and Pumpkins


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Pumpkin Junction
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Casa de Fruta
Date: Every day (Oct 1-Oct 31) from 8:00am to 8:00pm


(0 A September 2018) CasaDeFruta_PumpkinJunction.jpgPumpkin Junction

October 1st through October 31st, 8am - 8pm

Experience Pumpkin Junction on a Field Trip or on a family outing. Your children will make lasting memories as they enjoy the Harvest season and explore all that Casa de Fruta has to offer! Come and find the perfect pumpkin, mine for gemstones at Casa de Miner's Sluice, ride Casa de Choo Choo and take a spin on Casa de Carousel! For more info call 1-800-543-1702 or email info@casadefruta.com.

Fruit Stand parking area.


To learn more click here.


Location: 10021 Pacheco Pass Highway, Hollister Map
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Arata Farm Hay Maze
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Arata Pumpkin Farm
Hey everyone, it's that time of year again! Come on out to the farm and enjoy the world famous Minotaur's Labyrinth Hay Maze, or
Date: Every day (Sep 25-Oct 31) from 9:00am to 7:00pm


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You can lose yourself in our 6 acre corn field and pumpkin river. Try to challenge yourself intellectually and physically in our 2 acre world famous Minotaur's Labyrinth Hay Maze. Take a walk on the wild side and adventure into our Haunted Barn. Relax and enjoy yourself on our Hay Ride.

 

Or you can let the kid's play in our Play Land playground with Miniature Hay Maze, on the Children's Train Ride or have fun with our animals in the Petting Zoo. We also have many picnic areas throughout the farm, at Arata Pumpkin Farm we have something for everybody.

 

We also have dozens of varieties of pumpkins and sizes. We have a special pumpkin for everyone in your family! Feel free to give us a call, send us an email or just come to the farm. We would love to see you.

 

Our Hours
Monday - Friday 9am - 7pm
Saturday - Sunday 9am - 8pm

 

Family Package $15 per Adult ~ $20 per Child Attraction
A minimum of one paid adult and one paid child, age 10 and under are required to qualify for this package


Location: 185 Verde Rd, Half Moon Bay Map
Phone: (650) 726-7548 •website Half Moon Bay create a direct event link
Toddler Story Time
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Library Live Oak
Date: Every Mon from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: toddlers & parents Admission Fees: Free

Toddler Time @ Live Oak (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
Location: Live Oak Branch
Toddler Time is a weekly program for families with children ages 0-3 years old. Join us for early literacy practices involving music, movement, stories, rhymes and more for your child and you.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Brainfuse - Homework Help
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Brainfuse: Free online homework help for students of all ages.
Date: Every day


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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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Big Love - Photo Exhibit
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Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
Club offers opportunities for young animal lovers
Date: Every day (Oct 1-Oct 31)

Special Instructions: Starts up in October

(0 A October 2018) BigLove.jpgBig Love - Photo Exhibit
A Pit Bull Advocacy Project


The Shelter's Monday afternoon photo team is exhibiting photos at the County Government Center, 1st Floor, 701 Ocean. St., Santa Cruz, through the month of October.

 

You are invited to stop by!


Location: 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-454-7235 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Tales to Tails Aptos
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Library Aptos
Date: Every Mon from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A October 2018) Library_LaSelva_TalestoTails.jpgHave you read to a dog through the Tales to Tails program at Santa Cruz Public Libraries?

You have plenty of time to participate in this fun reading activity with your family, so contact tales2tails@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve your spot.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Cyber Security Workshop
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Cyber Security Workshops
Date: Every Mon, Tues and Th (Oct 1-Oct 30)
Ages: Teens and Adults Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: See events, times, locations

October is Cybersecurity Month. For this annual initiative to raise awareness about the importance of safe online behavior, your library has partnered with National Cyber Security Alliance & the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help you learn safe cyber security practices.

Learn safe online habits with experts from Library IT. Bring your questions and concerns to the extended Q & A that follows.


Class Schedule:


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Strategies and Techniques to Help your Child with Homework
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SPIN
Techniques to help your ADD/ADHD child with homework
Date: 10/02/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

Strategies and Techniques to Help your Child with Homework

 

Presented by: Michelle Mason, Ph.D., Founder and Director of Mason Educational Mentoring

 

Does your child: ♦ resist starting homework ♦ want to quit before they finish ♦cry or lose their temper?


Dr. Mason will go over strategies and techniques to help you assist your K-8 child in completing homework. While focus is on children with ADD/ADHD, many of these techniques will help any child or adolescent.


Tuesday, October 2, 6:30pm-8:30pm
(Registration at 6pm)

This event is FREE. A light snack will be served. Sorry, no child care available.


Location: Santa Cruz Police Department Com, 155 Center St, Santa Cruz Map
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Yoga and Ethnobotany in the Arboretum
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Arboretum
This fall the UC Arboretum & Botanic Garden is bringing the ancient practice of yoga and using plants as healing agents alive
Date: Every Tues and Wed (Sep 11-Nov 7)
Admission Fees: $17 for non-members and $8 for members
Special Instructions: Tues 5:30-6:45pm, Weds 7:30-8:45am

 

Yoga and Ethnobotany in the Arboretum

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This fall the UC Arboretum & Botanic Garden is bringing the ancient practice of yoga and using plants as healing agents alive in an ongoing series!

yerba buena Yoga connects the body and mind through physical practice. Native California plants, suitable to grow in our local climate, have long been known to impact and support health. This series blends the healing elements of yoga and native plants. In doing so, it enhances your knowledge of plant medicine and increases your mind-body connection. You will feel oneness, peace, and bliss in practice with other people while surrounded by a natural landscape.

 

Yoga and Yoga Breathing techniques will help you by reducing stiffness, increasing the range of motion, and instilling feelings of peace.

 

Plants, such as Yerba Buena, manzanita, and macadamia nuts, will be introduced to promote and support more profound healing.

 

Classes are held every Tuesday from 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm and Wednesday morning from 7:30 am - 8:45 am beginning 9/11 and ending 11/7 outdoors near the administrative offices. The class may take place indoors given weather conditions.

 

Yoga movements introduced will be accessible for beginners and advanced practitioners alike

We provide bolsters, straps, and blankets. Please bring your own mat.

You may sign up for one or as many sessions as you like.

Classes are $17 for non-members and $8 for members.


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Felton Farmers Market
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Felton Certified Farmers Market
Produce and fruit, fish, bread, wine, and an array of prepared foods, a community table and entertainment by local artists
Date: Every Tues from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Open May through November

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

 

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


Location: Hwy 9, St. John's Church parking lot
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
A moveable feast of fresh, locally grown produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats and poultry, baked goods, music and good comp
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed and Sa
Ages: All

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Location: 2801 Mission St, Santa Cruz Map
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Folk Dancing!
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Cabrillo Folk Dancers
Check out these folk dancing events! Balkan, Israeli, International
Date: Every Tues and Fri from 7:30am to 11:00pm


(0 April 2018) FolkDancing.jpgTHE HELLADELICS at Live Oak Grange, Santa Cruz CA
Time: 8:00-11:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:30)
Cost: $15.00 (sliding scale) + tips for the band.
Bring: Snacks to share--finger food only, please.Dancing in Santa Cruz for 48+ years.


Join us on Friday evenings...
at: MARKET STREET SENIOR CENTER
222 MARKET STREET, SANTA CRUZ

 

Live music parties will usually happen at the Live Oak Grange in Santa Cruz--depending on availability of the facility and bands. Occasionally we will party at Park Hall in Ben Lomond or at our regular venue, Market Street Senior Center.

Questions? Send email to: cabrillofolk@sbcglobal.net
(Be patient--answers may take a few days... Thanks!)

 

LOCAL CLASSES:
FRIDAY: Cabrillo Folk Dancers--Balkan & International


TUESDAY: Alan Rothchild's Israeli Dance class


FRIDAY: BALKAN-INTERNATIONAL DANCE
Time: Friday, 7:30-10:00 p.m.
(Dancing starts about 7:45...)
EVERY Friday, except on (or near) national holidays. For the health and comfort of members with asthma and allergies, the class is "fragrance-free".
Any schedule changes will be announced on this web site, whenever possible.
Cost: $7.00
MARKET STREET SENIOR CENTER, 222 Market Street, Santa Cruz, CA

In a residential neighborhood, on the surrounding streets. Please be considerate of the neighbors, and don't block driveways.

New to folk dancing or haven't danced in 10-40 years?
Come at the beginning of class, when easier dances are taught.

LIVE MUSIC: Check the Calendar of Events page for the schedule of live music parties and other parties/events of interest.

Questions? Email: cabrillofolk@sbcglobal.net - (answers may take a couple of days...)


TUESDAY--Alan Rothchild's ISRAELI DANCE CLASS
This class has been taught by Alan Rothchild for over 25 years.
Every Tuesday evening, 7:30 - 10:00 p.m.
$7.00
Peace United Church of Christ (formerly First Congregational, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz

 

For more information email: rothdance@hotmail.com


Location: Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 yrs.) class
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 years)
Date: Every Tues (Aug 28-Oct 16) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: adults Admission Fees: $80 per person and $10 per child per class session for childcare

Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 yrs.) class series

This 8-week (16-hour) class series (tailored specifically for parents of preschoolers) provides parents with all the concepts and tools needed to implement Positive Discipline in the home/family setting.  Some of the prominent themes include early child brain development, social emotional learning, belonging and significance as innate social needs, the essential nature of long-term positive parent-child relationships, mutual respect, modeling behaviors, authoritative parenting styles that use kindness and firmness at the same time, connection before correction, the criteria for effective discipline, agreements and follow-through, non-violent communication, family meetings, routines, and the internal locus of control that guides parents and children alike to practice self-regulation.    


Tuesdays, August 28th-October 16th, 2018 from 6:30pm-8:30pm


Live Oak Community Resources,1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA  95062


teaching experience both with children and as a parent educator.

 

$80 per person and $10 per child per class session for childcare


Contact: Call 831-476-7284 x107 or email steve@pdcrcc.org for scholarships and other info

 

Register for CHILDCARE

Register for Class

 


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Free Homework Help
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Library Branciforte
Date: Every Tues (Oct 2-May 21) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: Up to 18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: No appointment needed.

Success in school is important for every child's future. The library offers free Homework Help to all students under 18 years of age through May 25, 2018. No appointment is needed and all subjects are covered.


Locations are:

Tuesdays 3-5p: La Selva Beach

Wednesdays 3-5p: Garfield Park

Dates: Weeks of October 9 to May 21

Holidays/Breaks Schedule: Thanksgiving week, Winter break, Spring break

 

October 2, 2018 and run through May 22, 2019.

Branciforte Branch Library, 230 Gault St. Tuesdays • 3:00pm– 5:00pm (Bilingual assistance available)

 

Live Oak Branch Library, 2380 Portola Dr. Tuesdays • 3:00pm– 5:00pm


Location: 230 Gault St., Santa Cruz Map
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Free Homework Help
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Library Live Oak
Date: Every Tues (Oct 2-May 21) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: Up to 18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: No appointment needed.

Success in school is important for every child's future. The library offers free Homework Help to all students under 18 years of age through May 25, 2018. No appointment is needed and all subjects are covered.


Locations are:

Tuesdays 3-5p: La Selva Beach

Wednesdays 3-5p: Garfield Park

Dates: Weeks of October 9 to May 21

Holidays/Breaks Schedule: Thanksgiving week, Winter break, Spring break

 

October 2, 2018 and run through May 22, 2019.

Branciforte Branch Library, 230 Gault St. Tuesdays • 3:00pm– 5:00pm (Bilingual assistance available)

 

Live Oak Branch Library, 2380 Portola Dr. Tuesdays • 3:00pm– 5:00pm


Location: 2380 Portola Dr., Santa Cruz Map
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Parent Speaker Series: Drug Awareness and Prevention
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Kirby Preparatory School
Free: Drug Awareness and Prevention Speaker for Parents
Date: 10/02/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: Parents/Adults Admission Fees: Free

Join us for a highly engaging evening with speaker, Jonathan Scott, from Miles to Go Drug Prevention Education. Jonathan will share latest research and wisdom on raising healthy children by preventing alcohol, drug and substance abuse.

 

Open to the community.

 

Find out about what your student might be aware of and learn practical tips for open and honest conversation.

Light refreshments will be available from 6:30pm. Program starts at 7pm.

 

 


Location: Kirby School , 425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Navigating the School Years w/Positive Discipline (5-12 yrs)
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Navigating the School Years with Positive Discipline (5-12 yrs)
Date: Every Tues (Oct 2-Nov 13) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: $80 per person

Navigating the School Years with Positive Discipline

What: This 7-week (14-hour) parenting class series is tailored specifically for parents of school-age children and provides parents with all the concepts and tools needed to implement Positive Discipline in the home/family setting.  Some of the prominent themes include child brain development, social emotional learning, belonging and significance as innate social needs, the essential nature of long-term positive parent-child relationships, mutual respect, modeling behaviors, authoritative parenting styles that use kindness and firmness at the same time, connection before correction, the criteria for effective discipline, agreements and follow-through, non-violent communication, family meetings, routines, and the internal locus of control that guides parents and children alike to practice self-regulation. Parents have commented that the experiential activities help them better get into their children's world and connect with them on deeper levels!

 

When: Tuesdays, October 2 - November 13, 2018 from 6pm-8pm

 

Where: Westlake Elementary School, 1000 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA  95060

 

Who: Julie Atkinson, Preschool Teacher, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, and Certified Positive Discipline in the Classroom Educator

 

Cost: $80 per person

 

Contact: Call Julie at 831-234-2663 or email her at julie_atkinson1@yahoo.com for scholarships, childcare, and other info

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Location: Westlake School, 1000 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Family Story Time
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Date: Every Wed from 11:00am to 12:00pm


Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries

Family Storytime @ Boulder Creek from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Stories and songs, art activities, games and play for families with children of all ages.


Location: Friends of the Santa Cruz Public, 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
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READ: Reach Every Amazing Detail
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READ: Reach Every Amazing Detail
Date: Every Wed (Oct 3-Jul 24) from 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: Grades 2 to 12 Admission Fees: Free

(0 A September 2018) Library_READ.jpgREAD is the Santa Cruz Public Libraries' reading comprehension program for students grades 2-12. Students receive 25 minutes of individual instruction from a California credentialed teacher.

 

Appointments available very Wednesday from 3 pm to 5 pm. Runs Oct 2, 2018 - July 25, 2019. Program will have holiday breaks. Check library online calendar.

By appointment only. Please, no drop-ins! To make an appointment contact us at 831- 427-7717 or pro@santacruzpl.org


Location: 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
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READ: Reach Every Amazing Detail
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READ: Reach Every Amazing Detail - A reading comprehension program for students grades 2-12
Date: Every Wed (Oct 3-Jul 24) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: Grades 2 to 12 Admission Fees: Free

(0 A September 2018) Library_READ.jpgREAD is the Santa Cruz Public Libraries' reading comprehension program for students grades 2-12. Students receive 25 minutes of individual instruction from a California credentialed teacher.

 

Wednesdays October 3rd, 2018 through July 25th, 2019 • 3:00 -5:00pm Downtown Library • 224 Church St.


By appointment only. Please, no drop-ins! To make an appointment contact us at 831- 427-7717 or pro@santacruzpl.org


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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!st WednesdayFamily Fun
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Capitola Mall
Date: The 1st Wed of every month from 3:00pm to 5:00pm


(0 April 2018) FamilyFunNightCapMall.jpgJoin us at Capitola Mall for 1ST Wednesday Family Fun!

Enjoy many fun activities, including:
Entertainment with Happily Ever Laughter
Family Friendly Crafts
Music and More!

We will also be giving away a Family Fun Membership to Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery to one lucky family!

$5 Donation per Child benefits Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services!


Location: 1855 41st Ave, Capitola Map
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Baby Laptime
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Library Freedom
English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months
Date: Every Wed at 10:30am
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: no cost

(0 A November 2018) Wats_BabyLaptime.jpgSocialization & Literacy


Bilingual Baby Laptime is a Free bilingual English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months. Come to the library and join us for some fun while helping your child build socialization and early literacy skills.

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Freedom Branch 

Fridays, 10:30 a.m.
Main Library Meeting Room

 


Location: 2021 Freedom Blvd, Freedom Map
Phone: (831)768-3420 •website Freedom 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
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Baby Laptime
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Library Freedom
Come together to create art, follow traditions, or create new traditions.
Date: Every Wed at 10:30am
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: no cost

(0 A November 2018) Wats_BabyLaptime.jpgSocialization & Literacy


Bilingual Baby Laptime is a Free bilingual English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months. Come to the library and join us for some fun while helping your child build socialization and early literacy skills.

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Freedom Branch 

Fridays, 10:30 a.m.
Main Library Meeting Room

 


Location: 2021 Freedom Blvd, Freedom Map
Phone: (831)768-3420 •website Freedom create a direct event link
Zine Fronteras: Submissions Wanted! Contribuya al proyecto!
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Zine Fronteras: Submissions Wanted! Contribuya al proyecto!
Date: Every day (Oct 3-Oct 12)
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Call-out to the Santa Cruz Community! Submissions Wanted! Zine Fronteras is looking to collect submissions of original writings, short memoirs, essays, poetry, photographs and art that reflects on and highlights immigrant experiences.

 

All content contributors will receive a free copy of the published book! Zine Fronteras seeks to create a safe space for artistic and intellectual expression encapsulating the stories and experiences of immigrant communities in Santa Cruz.

 

We believe that sharing one's individual and community experiences can be acts of self-empowerment, thus creating a positive atmosphere for cultural appreciation, political consciousness, and empathy building for our entire community.


Submission Deadlines

Art/Photo due Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by 6pm.

Written due Friday, October 12, 2018 at 5pm.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Introduction to Mindfulness
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Introduction to Mindfulness
Date: Every Wed (Aug 31-Oct 17) from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

FREE, no registration and drop-ins welcome.

 

This course introduces the student to the practice of mindfulness in daily life. It is informed by theories and practices that draw from contemplative traditions and the disciplines of medicine, psychology, and education. Six themes will be covered: mindfulness of the breath, body, thoughts and feelings; loving kindness and compassion; emotions, and integrating the practices. Each class will follow a similar format: welcome & check-in; short guided meditation; talk by the instructor; mindfulness exercise; processing the exercise (sharing) and Q&A; closing words, homework (not written), and short sit.

 

Instructor: Sue Doherty Email: sue@storiesmatter.com


Location: Aptos Branch Library, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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One-on-One Tech Tutoring
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A tech savvy librarian will provide instruction in the use of a wide range of technology services
Date: Every Wed from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

One-on-One Tech Tutoring


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

 

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

 

First-come, First-served. FREE


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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CodeCombat at Live Oak Public Library
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CodeCombat is a real game that teaches learners of all ages to code by playing through levels and quickly mastering programming
Date: Every Wed (Oct 3-May 29) from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Ages 11-18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Register early! Class will fill up.

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!

Join us at the Live Oak Branch Library. Ages 11-18. Program meets every Wednesday from 1:30PM - 3PM. Begins Oct. 3rd and runs through May 29th, 2019, with breaks during holiday's. Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.


Location: Live Oak Branch Library, 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Hablamos Juntos/Together We Speak
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Pajaro Valley Arts Council
Experience how our artists give voice to and navigate: daily life, current events, social, political and cultural issues, commun
Date: Every Su, Wed, Th and Fri (Aug 8-Oct 7) from 11:00am to 4:00pm

Special Instructions: Reception August 12

Hablamos Juntos/Together We Speak
August 8 - October 7, 2018

 

 

Curated by Juan R. Fuentes and Michelle P. Mouton, Hablamos Juntos explores visual dialogs created by prominent California Latinx artists at the Pajaro Valley Arts gallery in Watsonville. In this extraordinarily rich exhibit, you will experience how our artists give voice to and navigate: daily life, current events, social, political and cultural issues, community, ethnicity, as well as personal narratives, myths, and history. Click here for a virtual tour. Visit our Facebook page for additional photos.

 

Artists:  Susana Arias,  Eduardo Carrillo,  Yreina D. Cervántez,  Pablo Cristi,   Amy Díaz-Infante,  Juan R. Fuentes,  Daniel Galvez,  Lorraine García-Nakata,  Carlos Jackson,   Carmen León,  Jose Lozano,  Dionicio Mendoza,  Amalia Mesa-Bains,  Viviana Paredes,  Pancho Rodriquez,   Michael Roman,  Ivan Rubio,  Manuel Santana,   Linda Vallejo,   Cruz Ortiz Zamarron

 

A collaboration between Pajaro Valley Arts, Museo Eduardo Carrillo, and the Young Writers Program, this project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

The Hablamos Juntos exhibit is also presented in partnership with the San Jose Museum of Art, New Terrains collaboration. Through New Terrains: Mobility and Migration, South Bay arts organizations band together to present a series of cross-disciplinary exhibitions, programs and experiences that explore how bodies move through spaces-social, political, literal, and figurative. Projects address timely topics such as transportation and urban planning, navigation and orientation, public protest, immigration and migration, and mobility in its many forms. For more information on New Terrains: https://sjmusart.org/new-terrains/connect


Location: 37 Sudden St, Watsonville Map
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Salsa Dancing!
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Popular Salsa Crash Course Cuban-style for Beginners.
Date: Every Wed (Sep 19-Nov 7) from 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Ages: 16+ Admission Fees: FREE

Popular Salsa Crash Course Cuban-style for Beginners.

This is a 7-week series class: Wednesdays, Sept 19 to Nov 7, 2018.
From 7pm to 8:15pm. No class Oct 31.

No partner required. Age 16+. Limited space.

(0 A October 2018) Salsa22.jpgThis popular crash course offers everyone who wants to learn to dance Salsa a more relaxed but sizzling Cuban flavor.
Learn to dance partner dancing with easy and cool looking moves.
Towards the end of the seven week course we will also introduce Rueda de Casino.
Meet people, have fun and get a workout as your skilled teachers keep you moving in a friendly and non-intimidating atmosphere.

Class offered through the City of Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation.

Cost $70 (city residents)/$84 (non-city residents).
Age 16+. No partner is required. Maximum 18 people.
Need to pre-register at City of Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation.

Registration open August 6, 2018. Look out for catalog or go online.
Class number: 311 401
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More registration information here:
http://salsagente.com/cuban-style-salsa-classes-location-fees/#register


Location: 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6177 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Uniquely Beautiful & Beautifully Unique Parents Support Group
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Support group for parents and loved ones of children with special needs
Date: The 1st Th of every month (May 3-Sep 6) from 8:00pm to 9:30pm


Uniquely Beautiful & Beautifully Unique Parents Support Group

First Thursdays 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM

 

The Uniquely Beautiful and Beautifully Unique group is a support group for parents and loved ones of children with special needs. We will meet at the Boulder Creek Library on the first Thursday of the month. Join us to discuss the joys and stresses of parenthood.

 


Location: Boulder Creek Branch Library Amp, 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
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Spanish Conversation Group @ Aptos Branch Library
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Spanish Conversation Group @ Aptos Branch Library
Date: The 1st Th of every month (Jun 1-Dec 30) from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

Trying to work on your Spanish? Want to improve your vocabulary and Spanish speaking skills? The Aptos Branch Library is now hosting a Spanish conversation group. Facilitator-led discussion and activities. All levels are welcome, including beginners.

Meetings are every first and third Thursday of the month.

For more information contact Ivan Llamas at llamasi@santacruzpl.org or 831-427-7702


Location: Aptos Branch Library, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Citizen Science: Musical Glass
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Library Central
Explore the art and science of acoustics
Date: 10/04/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: Teens and Adults Admission Fees: Free

(0 A September 2018) Library_MusicalGlass.jpgMusical Glass!

Join April Zilber and Martin Gaskell for a fascinating evening exploring the art and science of Acoustics. Follow the intellectual process of developing tuned Bell Plates made from fused glass - a first! We will discuss relevant physics of music, challenges of the project, Chladni figures and your questions. There will be plenty of time to play some glass bell plates as well.

SCPL is partnering with the Children's Museum of Discovery (MOD), and UCSC to present a science series for adults and teens. Meetings will be held on the 1st Thursday every month 6:30pm to 8pm at the Downtown Library.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Trivia on Tap
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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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Legos at Garfield Park
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Library Garfield Park
Rubber band cars, catapults, bridges and more!
Date: Every Th (Oct 4-May 30) from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Ages: 7 to 18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Pre-registration required

(0 A October 2018) Library_Garfield_Legos.jpgLEGO @ Garfield Park from 3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Rubber band cars, catapults, bridges and more! Come to the Garfield Park Library every Thursday and have fun with Lego's.

 

During each month, we will introduce Botley Robots and Makey Makey circuit creator. Directed LEGO construction for kids 7 and older. Each week we will construct models based on a common theme.

 


Location: 705 Woodrow Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Citizen Science
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A presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, clim
Date: The 1st Th of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) CitizenScience22.jpgCitizen Science

 

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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Navigating the Teen Years
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Provides parents with all the concepts and tools needed to implement Positive Discipline in the home/family setting
Date: Every Th (Oct 4-Nov 15) from 6:30am to 8:30pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: $80 per person -- $120 couples special
Special Instructions: Call 831-476-7284 x107 for group rates and scholarships

Navigating the Teen Years

This 8-week (16-hour) class series (tailored specifically for parents of teens and tweens) provides parents with all the concepts and tools needed to implement Positive Discipline in the home/family setting.  Some of the prominent themes include the adolescent brain, social-emotional learning, seeking identity, belonging, and significance, the essential role of parents during this very challenging time, mutual respect, establishing and upholding limits around screentime, connection before correction, power struggles, and talking with your kids about sex and drugs.   

 

Thursdays, October 4th - November 15th, 2018 from 6:30pm-8:30pm.  ONE OF THE CLASS SERIES SESSIONS WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6TH, FROM 10AM-12PM.


Facilitated by Kenza Temsamani, Certified Positive Discipline Educator
$80 per person -- $120 couples special -- $40 per person if taken as a refresher. $20 for the PD book which is sold separately and is optional.

 

Call 831-476-7284 x107 for scholarships, specials, and other info

 

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Location: Harbor High, 300 La Fonda Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Preschool Story Time
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Date: Every Th from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-6 Admission Fees: free

Downtown Preschool Story Time (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
 
Join us at the Downtown Library for our weekly Preschool Story Time. We'll read books, sing songs and make a simple craft! Ages 3-6.
View similar upcoming events: Storytimes/Laptimes

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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CodeCombat at Aptos Branch Library
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CodeCombat at Aptos Branch Library
Date: Every Th (Sep 6-Apr 27) from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.

(0 A Aug 2018) CodeCombatImage.jpgSCPL'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! Ages 8-18. Gamers will create teams by age.

 

Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Bike to Work/School
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Ecology Action
Let's bike to school and work!
Date: 10/04/2018
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Locations Across Santa Cruz County

 

Saddle up, Santa Cruz! Bike to Work Day returns once again on October 4th to give you another opportunity to ditch the car and enjoy a day on two wheels in our amazing community. Check out the details at ecoact.org/biketowork

 

For questions or to request more info contact Kira Ticus at kticus(at)ecoact.org.


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Toddler Story Time
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Date: Every Fri from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-6 Admission Fees: free

Toddler Time @ Downtown (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)


Toddler Time is a weekly program for families with children ages 0-3 years old. It includes music, movement, stories, fingerplays, rhymes, songs and fun for your child and you as well as social time with other children and their caregivers. Let's play and learn together!

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
Ages: All

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

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


Location: 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
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Watsonville Certified Farmers Market
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Watsonville Farmers Market
Fresh, locally grown produce on Friday afternoons from 2:30 to 6:30 PM from May to November.
Date: Every Fri from 2:30pm to 6:30pm


(0 A Aug 2018) WatsFarmersMkt_Mariachi.jpgAn enchanting farmers market with a "mercado" feel. Lots of wonderful produce and prepared foods.

 

The Watsonville Farmers' Market is a member of the California Federation of Certified Farmers' Markets.

 

The Market provides fresh, locally grown produce on Friday afternoons from May to November.

 

Mariachi California de Javier Vargas will play every first Friday of the month from 5-6pm (May-October) at the Watsonville city Plaza


Location: Main St/At the Plaza, Watsonville Map
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Children's Planetarium Show
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Hartnell Planetarium
Star programs for chldren
Date: Every Fri at 5:30pm
Admission Fees: $4

Hartnell College Planetarium's Children's Show is geared towards local families looking for an educational and fun evening out.

Show Times

Fridays at 5:30 PM, doors open at 5:15 PM, runs 30-40 min

Tickets

Buy Tickets Here $4 Person Tickets also available at the door Do not be late!   You can also purchase tickets at the door. We accept cash, card, and NFC (android/applepay).

 

Season Schedule

December - Stars 8

About our shows

Stars - Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the Universe. Journey to the farthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of STARS.


Location: 411 CENTRAL AVE S-101, Salinas Map
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Baby Laptime
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English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months
Date: Every Tues and Fri at 10:30am


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Bilingual Baby Laptime is a Free bilingual English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months. Come to the library and join us for some fun while helping your child build socialization and early literacy skills.

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Freedom Branch 

Fridays, 10:30 a.m.
Main Library Meeting Room

 


Location: Storytime Room, 275 Main St, Watsonville Map
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Pathways Through Our Parks
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Meet the Artist: December 7th, 6-8pm. Free to the public.
Date: Every day (Oct 5-Jan 6) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All ages

Pathways Through Our Parks,Paintings of Parks in Santa Cruz County by Ann Elizabeth Thiermann

October 5, 2018 - January 6, 2019

(0 A September 2018) Thiermann-Manresa.jpgAnn Thiermann's series of pastel and acrylic paintings invite the viewer to visually linger over the flora and fauna along the pathways of our extraordinarily diverse parks in Santa Cruz County. From river to sea, chaparral to marsh, and rustic to urban, creatures both wild and domestic, marine and terrestrial, historic and contemporary inhabit her park pathways in a variety of seasonal and weather conditions.

 

Explore these iconic Santa Cruz views and discover them for yourself in our abundant parks and open spaces.

 

Opening Reception for Members: October 5th, 6-8pm
Meet the Artist: December 7th, 6-8pm. Free to the public.

 

About the Artist:

Ann Elizabeth Thiermann, MFA is inspired by living, hiking, and painting in beautiful Santa Cruz County. Her creativity is fueled by her artistic family, Sylvie, the studio cat, her folk dancing friends, teaching and leading art trips abroad. In addition to painting landscapes and murals, daily joy comes from swimming, camping, and visiting the farmer's market and working in her garden. Movement in her art is reinforced by her time playing organ, piano and harpsichord as a church musician.


Location: 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival
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Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival
Incredible surf storytelling
Date: Every day (Oct 5-Oct 6) at 6:00pm
Admission Fees: $16

(0 A Aug 2018) SurfFilmFest2018.jpgThe Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival is back for its third year, bringing four different screenings of incredible surf storytelling. Each screening will present a new collection of shorts and feature films curated from around the world, showcasing stunning cinematography, mind-blowing surfing, and captivating stories. These films will take you from our own backyard to some of the most remote spots on the planet, and show you surfing from new and innovative perspectives. Get ready to get stoked!       


Show time: 6:00 PM        
Tickets: $16
Advance tickets:  www.santacruzsurffilmfest.com     
Film website: www.scsff.com


Location: Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel, Santa Cruz Map
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Monterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day
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Monterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day
Free Outdoor Activity Event!
Date: Every day (Oct 5-Oct 6) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free

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This is a free event. Monterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day is a nonprofit organization that helps families get outside and get active.

 

Monterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day is a totally free event open to the public. Our focus is to get kids interested in the many outdoor activities that are right here in our back yard. With over forty different organizations represented, there is something for everyone!

 

Our goal is simple, lets get our youth back outside and active! We believe that we live in a unique and amazing region and because of that it is important to teach our children to cherish it. We are looking to encourage youth to be healthy through outdoor activities  and build a better place for the future.

In hopes of achieving our goal we hold an annual event at the Santa Cruz Fairgrounds where various companies and organizations can showcase their specialties. The event is totally free and we also raffle off dozens of prizes to the youth in attendance to inspire them to participate in the outdoor activity that they find most appealing.


Location: Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds , 2601 E Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
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MAKE & Explore at the Capitola Mall
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MAKE & Explore at the Capitola Mall
Date: Every Fri (Sep 14-Nov 16) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: 6-12 year olds Admission Fees: Free

Join us this afternoon to make something creative or make a new discovery! We are partnering with the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery (inside the Capitola Mall) to offer this weekly program through the fall. We will be in their Tinkerlab room. The program is free, and most suitable for 6-12 year olds. Parents will need to remain available throughout the program, and will be helping children under 8. We provide materials to explore their creativity, build things, make art and make discoveries. Usually they will be able to take their creations home. Sometimes we will be reusing the equipment, and they will be building something for that day only.


Location: MOD, 1855 41st Ave #10, Capitola Map
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15 Years of FishWise
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FishWise
Come enjoy craft beer, tasty eats, face painting for children, and ocean-themed art by local artists
Date: 10/05/2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free

You are invited to come celebrate FishWise's 15-year anniversary! Enjoy live music by Santa Cruz's own Getaway Dogs, food and craft beer!

 

Hosted at our office, this is a fun, social networking opportunity, and a family-friendly event open to all! We will also have ocean-themed art for your enjoyment in honor of Santa Cruz's First Friday.

 

Come meet FishWise staff and learn what this local Santa Cruz non-profit is doing nationally and internationally to create lasting change by bringing socially responsible and environmentally sustainable seafood to your plate.

 

Featuring live music by the Getaway Dogs, short talks about FishWise's past work and future goals, and an opportunity for social networking. Come enjoy craft beer, tasty eats, face painting for children, and ocean-themed art by local artists


Location: 500 Seabright Avenue #101, Santa Cruz Map
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Tannery World Dance Family Festival Days
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Tannery World Dance Family Festival Days
Date: Every Fri (Sep 22-Oct 6)
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: See specific days & times

This year the Tannery World Dance + Cultural Center celebrates the African Diaspora during the 2018 World Arts Festival on October 13th & 14th. Once again, we are lucky to have Festival artists join us at the library for free Family Festival Days workshops. All ages are invited to these free workshops.

Saturday, September 22nd / 11:30-12:30PM (Haitian Dance w/ Shawn Merriman Roberts)

Saturday, September 29th / 10:30-11:30AM (Congolese Dance w/ Vivien Boussamina)

Saturday, October 6th / 11:30-12:30PM (Senegalese Dance w/ Oumou Faye)


Location: Santa Cruz Downtown Public Libra, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Tales to Tails La Selva Beach
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Fri from 3:00pm to 3:30pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

(0 A September 2018) LibraryLaSelva_TalestoTails_.jpgTales to Tails @ La Selva Beach from 3:00pm-3:30pm!

 

Have you read to a dog through the Tales to Tails program at Santa Cruz Public Libraries?

 

You have plenty of time to participate in this fun reading activity with your family, so contact tales2tails@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve your spot.

 


Location: 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
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Do It Yourself Craft
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Sa from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 3-6

(1:30 PM-4:30 PM)


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

 

 


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Felton Celebrates 150th
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Town Party - 4 bands, dancing, various other entertainment and of course, lots of local food and drink, shopping, kids events, c
Date: 10/06/2018 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm


(0 A September 2018) Felton150.jpgFelton Celebrates 150

 

The town of Felton is 150 years old, and townsfolk are gearing up to throw a grand anniversary bash. The town party will include historical presentations of Felton's early days, which will be on display at Felton Community Hall and the Felton Fire Station, 4 bands, dancing, various other entertainment and of course, lots of local food and drink, shopping, kids events, crafts and more.

The 150th celebration will be on Saturday, October 6th, from noon to 6pm at Kirby Street & Highway 9.

 

At noon sharp a specially formed Felton Colors Honor Guard, comprised of Felton's own Boy Scouts Troop 604, Girl Scouts, and local 4-H members will be retiring and replacing the Felton Fire Station's Old Glory, as well as raising the Felton Sesquicentennial flag.

 

Please join us for this commemoration and celebration of our town's history.

 

Felton is named after John B. Felton, an anti-prohibitionist attorney and one of the first Regents of the College of California. The town was the early logging terminus for the timber cut farther up the San Lorenzo Valley.

 

Already, dozens of volunteers are working on the plans for the celebration, but more volunteers are needed and welcomed. To join with your neighbors to help with or contribute to this fun event, please contact Mary Andersen at 831-335-6500.

 

The Felton and surrounding communities are invited to bring their historical items to put on display and share. For display space, please contact Ronnie Trubek rtrubek@aol.com.

 


Location: Kirby Street & Highway 9, Felton Map
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Family First Saturday Concerts
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The first Saturday of every month world renowned artists give fabulous family shows: a live performance series for children to i
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 11:00am
Ages: All

The first Saturday of every month world renowned artists give fabulous family shows: a live performance series for children to introduce parent, grandparents, and friends to music, dance, and circus from around the world right here in Santa Cruz!

Family First Saturday Concerts
are part of Tandy Beal & Company's ArtSmart Education program which reaches 20,000 students and adults each year in 3 counties.

Through ArtSmart programs, students, teachers and families experience a variety of world arts through creative learning models. ArtSmart concerts, classes, and residencies help enrich cultural understanding, expand our view of the world, cultivate curiosity and create an inclusive sense of community.

 

Single Show Prices:
Adults $15, Children $10

Half Season Pass, includes 4 of 7 shows:
With a Half Season Pass, each show only costs: Adults $13, Children $7

Discount Season Pass, includes 7 of 7 shows:
With a Discount Season Pass, each show only costs: Adults $11, Children $5


About Tom Noddy:

Tom has done something unique in show business: he created a new kind of act. After many years developing Bubble Magic at home and then many years developing as a performer (including years of street performing on Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz) Tom was invited to appear on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show in 1983 and subsequently on television shows, theaters, festivals and science centers throughout the world. When Johnny Carson saw it he said, on air, "He's doing something unlike anything we've ever seen."

Tom still lives in Santa Cruz but he travels extensively bringing this beautiful art form with him as he watches our changing world through the film of soap bubbles.


Location: Veteran's Hall, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Redwood Grove Loop Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: Every Su and Sa
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See varying hours

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

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

How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Big Basin Redwood State Park Headquarters.

 

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

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Family Arts & Crafts- Garfield Park
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Library Garfield
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: 3-6

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

 

 

 


Location: 705 Woodrow Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Life on the Ranch Day - The Early Days on a Dairy Farm
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: Every Su and Sa
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Weekends from 11:00am-3:00pm, tours of the ranch houses at 1:00pm

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

 

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

 


Location: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
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Wilder Ranch Book Talk: Beth Pratt-Bergstrom
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"When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors" by Beth Pratt-Bergstrom
Date: 10/06/2018 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A September 2018) Book_MtnLionsNeighbors.jpgBeth Pratt-Bergstrom, the California Director for the National Wildlife Federation, will share excerpts from her book, When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors: People and Wildlife Working It Out in California, at a special event at Wilder Ranch State Park on Saturday, Oct. 6. Her book explores the evolving dynamic between humans and animals.

Members of Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks (you may join at the event) and the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History will be able to buy the book at a discount. The event is 4-6 p.m. and is free. Parking at Wilder Ranch is $10 and supports the park. Wilder Ranch State Park is at 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz.


Location: Friends of Santa Cruz State Park, 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
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Arts Habitat Open Studios Tour at Porter Ranch
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Elkhorn Slough
Great introduction to the Reserve
Date: Every day (Oct 6-Oct 7) from 11:00am to 5:00pm

Special Instructions: near the town of Las Lomas

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Arts Habitat Open Studios Tour at Porter Ranch

Local artists will share their work at Elkhorn Slough Foundation's Historic Porter Ranch, as part of Arts Habitat's Monterey County Artists Open Studio Tour. ESF is partnering with Arts Habitat, the presenters of the Tour, to make its Porter Ranch House available for local artists without studios to open to the public. More details including maps and a catalog of participating artists is available at artshabitat.org.


Find out more about our Artist in Residence Program.

Regular Reserve and Visitor Center hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Reserve and Visitor Center are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. When the Reserve is closed you cannot access the trails, restrooms, visitor center, or bookstore.

 


Location: 103 Hall Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 728-2822 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Tales to Tails - Central
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Library Central
Date: Every Sa from 10:00am to 11:30am
Admission Fees: Free

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


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

 

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


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


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Kid's Tool Workshop
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Home Depot
Free kids workshops teach do-it-yourself skills and tool safety
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: 5-12 Admission Fees: Free

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

 

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

 

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

Salnas, 1890 N. Davis Road

 

 


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Reading In the Redwoods
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Library Felton
Join our monthly book club!
Date: Every Su and Sa from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


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

 

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

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

 

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


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
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Origami Club with Japanese Cultural Fair
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Library Aptos
performances
Date: The 1st Sa of every month (Apr 7-Dec 1) at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

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

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

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

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


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Evening Art Program
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State Park Henry Cowell
Activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


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

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


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Renaissance Faire Weekends
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Northern California Renaissance Faire
Pageantry, Revelry, Crafts and Romance
Date: Every Su and Sa (Sep 15-Oct 21) from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: $18, free if under 12

"I have been attending the Renaissance Pleasure Faire for over thirty years. Although like most Faires it's booths are more in focus for making money than for historical acuracy, it's fun. The jousting matches are as good as I've seen anywhere and I've been at a lot of different Faires. The people that put on the Faire do an excellent job. If you enjoy history, art, music, fencing, costume, food, faires and culture then you should go to this fun event." John Barrows

 

What's your favorite part about The Joust? Is it the handsome Knights, the swords, the fight for victory?

 

From swords to clothing to fine art & more, you'll find what your heart desires with our 200+ fine artisans that will hawk their wares in our village! Which vendor are you looking forward to seeing?

 

BY POPULAR DEMAND - 6th weekend now added!
Dates: Sept. 15th - Oct. 21st / WEEKENDS: 10AM to 6PM.
Location: Casa de Fruta 10031 Pacheco Pass Hwy 152,
Gate 6, Hollister, CA 95023-9541
Kids 12 & under FREE every weekend!
Details /ticket prices & specials: https://www.norcalrenfaire.com



Location: Casa De Fruta, 10031 Pacheco Pass Hwy, Hollister Map
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DIY Family Crafts @ Branciforte
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Library Branciforte
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 4:00pm


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


Location: 230 Gault Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Zootoberfest
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San Francisco Zoo
Come to SF Zoo to welcome our favorite season... FALL!
Date: Every Su and Sa (Oct 6-Oct 28) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free (inder3) to $15

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Dress up in costume for one of San Francisco Zoo & Garden's most popular

Come to SF Zoo to welcome our favorite season... FALL!

 

Every weekend in October, go on an adventure in "Harvest Hallow" for access to new and exciting attractions. Navigate through San Francisco's largest hay maze, a 5,000-square-foot structure made from 600 bales of straw and incorporates play areas within the design. Free with paid admission to San Francisco Zoo & Gardens!

For kids AND adults, SF Zoo's "Zoo Brew Haus" at The Depot Grill is pouring a great selection of brews, and cooking a full smorgasbord of German-inspired dishes, like beer-braised bratwurst with Guinness mustard and Sauerkraut! During lunch, dine to the upbeat sounds of a live band playing traditional European polka music. You might even want to get up and dance!

 

 


Location: 1 Zoo Way, San Francisco Map
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Thrill the World Santa Cruz
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Louden Nelson Center
Thriller Dancing Class!
Date: Every Sa (Sep 29-Oct 27) at 10:00am
Ages: All ages welcome Admission Fees: free

(0 Oct 2017) Halloween_ThrillerDance.jpgThrill the World Santa Cruz

 

Every year, on the Saturday before Halloween, night creatures call and the dead start to walk in their masquerade. So basically, a zombie flash mob Thriller dance. There are plenty of opportunities to learn the dance all month and participate in a world-wide simultaneous Thriller Dance at various venues throughout the county. Family and zombie-friendly!

 

Ask about Performance at Louden Nelson Center

This is your chance to participate in the world-wide simultaneous Thriller Dance, which happens every year on the Saturday before Halloween!!! Zombie flash mobs gather in cities across the globe to "Thrill The World" in celebration of community, fun, friends.  Learn the dance and join the mob!!


Location: 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Harvest Faire & Steam Festival
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Roaring Camp
Admission is FREE for the whole family October 4-5 and children with a Steam Train ticket get to pick out a free pumpkin from ou
Date: Every day (Oct 6-Oct 7)
Admission Fees: Adults: $45 ~ Children: $35 (ages 2-12)

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Harvest Faire & Steam Festival

 

Step into the incredible world of steam power at the Harvest Faire & Steam Festival presented by Kinetic Steam Works and Roaring Camp Railroads. Welcome Fall with heritage children's activities like scarecrow making, pumpkin patch picking, candle making and gold panning. Behold a variety of steam and belt-powered equipment on display.

 

Admission is FREE for the whole family September 30th and October 1st and children with a Steam Train ticket get to pick out a free pumpkin from our Harvest Pumpkin Patch on Bear Mountain.

 

Harvest & Steam themed activities include 'Make & Take' Scarecrows, Blacksmith and Print Shop demonstrations, gold panning, candle making and much more.

 

Purchase Steam Train Tickets Here.


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Open Studios 2018
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Santa Cruz Art League
Wonderful opportunity to see the amazing art of local artists and chat with them in their studios
Date: Every Su and Sa (Oct 3-Oct 21) from 11:00am to 5:00pm


Open Studios is a free self-guided tour, produced by Arts Council Santa Cruz County, that invites the public into more than 300 artist studios across Santa Cruz County. Open Studios 2018 takes place the first three weekends of October, from 11am to 5pm Saturdays and Sundays.

 

South County: October 6 & 7
North County: October 13 & 14
All County: October 20 & 21

 

Questions: Contact Open Studios Director Ann Ostermann, 831-475-9600 x17, ann@artscouncilsc.org

 

The Tour takes place throughout Santa Cruz County, from the redwoods to the sea.

 

Plan Your Tour

Pick up an Artist Guide

The 2018 Open Studios Artist Guide is FREE and available alongside the Good Times at locations throughout Santa Cruz County (while supplies last) or at any of these outlets

 

Visitors

Visiting from out of town? Make it a weekend (or three)! We've partnered with Hotel Paradox to bring an artful lodging experience to your Open Studios adventure. Request the "Arts Council" rate and save 15%. Reserve online using promo code 13701 or call 877-425-7100. You can also email ann@artscouncilsc.org to request a guide be shipped to you.

 

Download the App

Free app (or app update) available October 1, 2018. If you downloaded the App to an iPhone or iPad in 2016 or 2017 you will be able to install an update.. Or download for the first time via iTunes or Google Play. Search keyword "Open Studios Art Tour".

 

Preview Exhibits

SANTA CRUZ ART LEAGUE

SEPT 29 - OCT 21

Chart your tour at this exhibit, showcasing artwork from 300+ participating artists.

Tues-Fri: 11am-5pm Sat-Sun: 10am-5pm Mon: Closed First Friday: Oct 5th, 5-9pm

Public Reception: Sun Sept 30, 3-6pm Bring your friends and join us at the kick-off party. Free valet bike parking.

Details here.

 

R. BLITZER GALLERY

OCT 5 - 14

Featuring artists exclusive to Davenport, Bonny Doon, San Lorenzo Valley, Scotts Valley, La Selva Beach, and Watsonville.

Sat-Sun: Oct 6-7 & 13-14, 11am-5pm. First Friday: Oct 5th, 5-9pm

Details here.

 

Follow the Green Signs

Another popular tour strategy is to choose a neighborhood and then follow the signs. Each studio puts out large lime green signs pointing to their location.


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Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock Overlook Hike
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Castle Rocks unique geology, rock climbing history, human impacts and various important preservationists
Date: Every Sa (Oct 6-Nov 24) at 11:00am

Special Instructions: 10/6, 20, 27

Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock Overlook Hike

Join us on a hike to Castle Rock, Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock Overlook. During this trip, we will discuss Castle Rocks unique geology, rock climbing history, human impacts and various important preservationists that helped give Castle Rock State Park the protections we have today. This 3 mile, 2.5-hour hike is considered moderate due to the rocky sections that require the use of hands and feet to climb over. Please bring plenty of water, hiking shoes, snacks, a camera, and binoculars if you have them.

 

We will meet at the kiosk at 15000 Skyline Blvd. Los Gatos, CA to begin our hike. Located on Highway 35, just 2.5 miles southeast of the junction with Hwy 9

 

Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $8. Event made possible by California State Parks in partner

ship with Portola and Castle Rock Foundation.

 


Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
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Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure
Date: Every Su and Sa
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

Old-Growth Redwood Tours

Saturday, November 3 at 11am

Saturday, November 10 at 11am

Saturday, November 17 at 11am

Saturday, November 24 at 11am

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

 

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

 

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


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
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Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!
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State Park Big Basin
Explore the park's less traveled backcountry
Date: Every Su and Sa (Oct 6-Oct 27) at 12:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See specific days

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!

Saturday, October 6 at noon

Sunday, October 7 at noon

Saturday, October 13 at noon

Sunday, October 14 at noon

Sunday, October 21 at noon

Saturday, October 27 at noon

Explore the park's less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike will be individually 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 Park Headquarters. Event is free; day-use parking is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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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: 10/06/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Wool, Spinning, and Weaving

 

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 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: School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Ranch History Tours
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State Park Wilder Ranch
History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends
Date: Every Su and Sa at 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10 parking

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Ranch History Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

Monday, September 3 at 1pm

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

 


Location: Wilder Ranch , Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.426-0505 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
CASE Art, stands for Creative, Artistic, Scientific, Expressive
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Kids in art by using their own creativity while learning about the relationship between art and science
Date: Every 4 weeks on Sa (Oct 6-Oct 27) at 11:00am
Ages: 6-10

(0 A October 2018) LibraryScottsValley_CASE_22.jpgLearn more about combining Art and Science through the CASE Art Club October 17th from 2:00 PM-4:00 PM at the Scotts Valley library!

 

CASE stands for Creative, Artistic, Scientific, Expressive. A new monthly class for kids ages 6-10. Come 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.

 


Location: 251 Mount Hermon Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Oktoberfest
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German American Club
Date: 10/06/2018 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: $10 + potluck German dish

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Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 at 1 PM - 5 PM

German American Club of Santa Cruz, 230 Plymouth St., Santa Cruz, California 95060

Hosted by German American Club of Santa Cruz:

"Join us for our annual Oktoberfest at German American Hall in Santa Cruz. Enjoy beer by New Bohemian Brewery, live music by Zicke Zacke Band and some traditional German food. 

 

"Get your ticket while you can!"


Location: 230 Plymouth Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Family Lagoon Watch
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A Nature Study Program with a variety of activities inspired by the natural environment of Corcoran Lagoon
Date: Every Sa (Sep 15-Dec 15) from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

A Nature Study Program with a variety of activities inspired by the natural environment of Corcoran Lagoon.

• Learn about the environment and local wildlife with local experts.
• Bird Watching
• Examine microscopic creatures
• Watercolor painting, printing, writing and reading.

Adults must accompany children under 10. Not suitable for very young children.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Corralitos Farm & Garden Market
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Corralitos Valley Research & Education Association (CVREA)
We have the tastiest fruit, veggies and baked treats!
Date: Every Su from 11:00am to 3:00pm


 

The Farm & Garden Market is a small, friendly, open air market made up of local farmers and gardeners who grow within about a five mile radius of Corralitos.

 

Seasonally we have the tastiest strawberries, blueberries, cherries, lemons, tomatoes, herbs, squash, potatoes, carrots, peas, beets, and avocados, as well as a variety of other fruits, vegetables, lettuces and salad greens.

We have bakers that offer wonderful treats, along with a table full of beautiful potted flowers.

 

You may find expertly handmade natural soaps, and homemade jams and preserves.

 

The market is open to all of our friends and neighbors who grow anything from a garden to a good back yard fruit tree.

 

For a booth we request a $5 donation to the CVREA, the non-profit who maintains the Corralitos Cultural Center.

Farm & Garden Market (including vendor inquiries)
Contact Wayne Miller:  wayne@catalyst2001.com  / (831) 724-1332

 


Location: Corralitos Cultural Center, 127 Hames Road, Corralitos Map
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The Road Less Traveled—A Dog-Friendly Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Dog-friendly walk on North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic
Date: Every Su at 9:30am

Special Instructions: See details for dates/times

The Road Less Traveled-A Dog-Friendly Walk

 

On this dog-friendly walk, we travel North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic. We tour stunning old-growth redwood groves along beautiful Opal Creek. We'll discuss redwood ecology and park history while exploring the deep shade of the redwood forest. This is a fun, easy, 3-mile, 2-hour walk with Docent Diane Shaw. Dogs not required, but welcome! Bring water. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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DIY Crafts
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Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

(1:00 PM-4:30 PM)


Join the fun with DIY crafts every Sunday afternoon between 1pm and 4:30 pm! Come and create a self-directed craft.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
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Open Farm Tours
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Open Farm Tours
Tour the farms at your own pace. Engaging kid friendly farm activities, farm animals and more!
Date: 10/07/2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm


(0 A Aug 2018) OpenFarmTours2018.jpgMeet your farmers this October 7th!

Thanks to everyone who supported the 2017 tours. We had another record year with over 1500 peopl.

 

attending! The 2018 tours will be on Sunday Oct. 7th with lots of new farms and food establishments participating.  All farms implement sustainable agriculture practices.

 

Tour the farms at your own pace and learn what is involved in growing our food and how important sustainable farming methods are to the health of the Earth and our community.

 

  • Self-guided tour of organic family-run farms.
  • Market Place with local food & wine, live music and a kids activity area.
  • Free homesteading demonstrations of fermentation & food preservation techniques.
  • Engaging kid friendly farm activities, farm animals and more!

Marketplace at Alladin Nursery

We are partnering with Alladin Nursery for this years Marketplace. Stop by for a fantastic BBQ lunch of Corralitos Sausages, Corralitos area wine and drinks, pizza cooked in a wood burning oven from the folks at "Slight of Hand", Mexican fare from My Mom's Mole, local food artisans from the El Pajaro CDC Commercial Kitchen Incubator and much more! Check the events schedule for our food preservation demo times. Listen to live music while enjoying artisan food and wine, all in the beautiful surroundings of Alladin Nursery.

 

Register Online!

When you register to attend the tours online you are automatically entered into our drawing with chances to win a FREE lunch at the Market Place and gifts donated by our sponsors! Making a suggested donation of $10.00 or more helps support the tours & will get you a FREE beverage of choice form our lunch booth at the Market Place. Click on the registeration graphic at the left for more details.

 

Tour using our Google Maps GPS!

Google Maps makes it easy to navigate your way from wherever you are to the farm you want to visit. Just go to our Maps page and click on the farm you want to visit. A map and directions will instantly appear leading the way to the farms location. It's that easy!

 

Dos Aguilas Farm

1855 Pleasant Valley Rd., Aptos

Thomas Farm

1690 Pleasant Valley Rd., Aptos

Luz Del Valle Farm

820 Swift St Unit C, Santa Cruz

Sol Seeker Farm

1800 Hames Rd. Corralitos

Terra Sole Nursery

240 Pioneer View Rd., Corralitos

Live Earth Farm

1275 Green Valley Rd., Corralitos

Fruitilicious Farm

1881 Green Valley Rd., Watsonville

 

New Natives Nursery

1255 Hames Rd., Aptos

Blossoms Farm

358 Merk Rd., Corralitos

Blue Heron Farm

210 Merk Rd., Corralitos

Prevedelli Farms

375 Pioneer View Rd., Corralitos

Whiskey Hill Farms

371 Calabasas Rd., Watsonville

Monkeyflower Ranch

1481 San Miguel Canyon Rd., Royal Oaks

JSM Organics Farm

135 Maher Rd., Royal Oaks

 


Location: 2880 Research Park Drive, Suite 200, Soquel Map
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Adult Crafts
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Let's have some fun while also helping each other learn and grow as artists and crafters!
Date: Every Su 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
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New Mommy Musical Meet-UP
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MusicalMe, Inc
Join us every 2nd Monday for our "New Mommy Musical Meet-Up"!
Date: The 2nd Mon of every month from 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Ages: birth - 12months Admission Fees: FREE!

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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


Location: Native Son's Hall, 239 High Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Free Homework Help
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Date: Every Tues (Oct 9-May 21) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: Up to 18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: No appointment needed.

Success in school is important for every child's future. The library offers free Homework Help to all students under 18 years of age through May 25, 2018. No appointment is needed and all subjects are covered.


Locations are:

Tuesdays 3-5p: La Selva Beach

Wednesdays 3-5p: Garfield Park

Dates: Weeks of October 9 to May 21

Holidays/Breaks Schedule: Thanksgiving week, Winter break, Spring break

 

October 2, 2018 and run through May 22, 2019.

Branciforte Branch Library, 230 Gault St. Tuesdays • 3:00pm– 5:00pm (Bilingual assistance available)

 

Live Oak Branch Library, 2380 Portola Dr. Tuesdays • 3:00pm– 5:00pm


Location: 316 Estrella Ave, La Selva Beach Map
Phone: (831) 427-7710 •website La Selva Beachcreate 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
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School Day Tours at Gateway School
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Gateway School
Come and learn how our teachers use innovative teaching informed by research to inspire a love of learning.
Date: 10/09/2018 from 9:00am to 11:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: K-8

We hope you will join us for our March School Day Tours to experience first hand our dynamic classrooms in action. Tour our K-8th grade and specialist classes in action. Come and learn how our teachers use innovative teaching informed by research to inspire a love of learning. Meet parent ambassadors, students and Head of School.


Gateway School is an independent K-8 academically challenging Progressive school. Our education is rooted in play, creativity, and critical thinking. During their time at Gateway, students develop self-confidence, communication and collaborative skills. We value a love of learning and encourage our students to become compassionate and responsible citizens. 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.


Location: 126 Eucalyptus Ave., Santa Cruz Map
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Reach for the Stars
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Reach for the Stars
Date: 10/09/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

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.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Indie Biz Expo
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Think Local First
Showcasing a wide variety of goods and services for businesses
Date: 10/10/2018 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm


(0 A September 2018) IndieBizExpo_Oct10.jpgThe Think Local First Indie Biz Expo is a celebration of local businesses and their products and services. Local businesses from across Santa Cruz County are coming together to promote the many benefits of shopping, buying and thinking local. There will be many booths put on by Think Local First Members showcasing a wide variety of goods and services for businesses.

 

  • Beer Garden
  • Free Swag
  • Live KSCO Broadcast
  • Meet businesses
  • Generate Leads
  • Expand your customer base

 

 


Location: Santa Cruz Civic Audtorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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WESTERN WEDNESDAY
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The Crepe Place
A night of true Country/ Western & Honky Tonk music AND dancing!
Date: The 2nd Wed of every month at 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $10 ($7 with cowboy boots :-)
Special Instructions: EARLY SHOW!!!! 8PM

(0 April 2018) CrepePlace_DanceWeds.jpgWESTERN WEDNESDAY IS BACK!!!

a night of true Country/ Western & Honky Tonk music
Every 2nd Wednesday at The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz, CA
one touring band vs. one local band

5/9 - WESTERN WEDNESDAY # 27
Laura Benitez and the Heartache
Earnest Tubb Time Machine

LAURA BENITEZ AND THE HEARTACHE - Country/ Rockabilly from the Bay Area, CA
website: www.laurabenitezandtheheartache.com
video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSAeNYiYvAg
Laura Benitez and the Heartache use the three chord tools of country music to tell the simple, unvarnished truth about love, too much whiskey, and the call of the road. Their songs range from honky-tonk shuffles to rock 'n' roll numbers to sweet old time waltzes, and cover everything from unwed motherhood ("Me or the Baby") to mean drunks ("Don't Wake the Devil"), with a whole lot of heartbreak in between. Their twangy honesty shines through in straightforward arrangements, crystalline harmonies, and spare instrumentation. Frank Gutch Jr of No Depression calls Laura Benitez & the Heartache "... Original, as good as it got and as good as it gets," and Stephan Rapid of Lonesome Highway says, "Her tight and focused band play country music with a view to the past and an ear for the future."

EARNEST TUBB TIME MACHINE - Old Time Party Country from Santa Cruz, CA
The Earnest Tubb Time Machine from Santa Cruz are the best band for drinking and dancing and more drinking!


Location: 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Alfred Hitchcock in Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz, and Beyond
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Alfred Hitchcock in Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz, and Beyond
Date: 10/11/2018 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

(0 A September 2018) Library_HitchcockSilhouette.jpgJoin UCSC Professor Shelley Stamp for an evening of photographs and a lecture on famed director Alfred Hitchcock's time as a Scotts Valley resident and how it influenced his illustrious career.


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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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
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Origami for Peace with Nate and Drew
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Origami for Peace with Nate and Drew
Date: Every 2 weeks on Th (Aug 5-Nov 30) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 1st and 3rd Sundays

(0 A July 2018) Library_origamipeace.jpgCome learn to fold origami out of recycled paper or just come to hone your skills with Drew Glover and Origami Master Nathaniel Kennedy. Folding instruction will be centered around the crane, but other styles will be available for people to learn once they master the crane fold.

 

Join community members the first and third Sundays of the month as we gather to share our intentions of compassion, unity and peace in our world. This event is all ages and free to the public.

This on-going event repeats every 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. The location for 1st Sundays is the upstairs meeting room. The location for 3rd Sundays is a table on 1st floor area.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Live Oak Book Group
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Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

Live Oak Library Book Group (2:00 PM-3:00 PM)

The Live Oak Library book group meets on the second Friday of the month from 2:00 pm - 3:00 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. Check with the front desk staff for the current month's book selection.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
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Bear Creek Octoberfest
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Boulder Creek Rec & Park District
Date: 10/12/2018 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A September 2018) OctoberfestBldrCr.jpgBear Creek Octoberfest will feature tasty beers, sausages and kraut as a community mixer and fundraiser for the Bear Creek Facility and Pool.

 

Come have fun, mix and mingle!


Phone: 831-338-4144 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Leatherback Turtle Evening!
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Sanctuary Exploration Center
Leatherback wood-block printing, creating turtles and jellies from recycled materials, mini painting workshop, and dress up in a
Date: 10/12/2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free

(0 A October 2018) LeatherbackBaby.jpgIn recognition of California Leatherback Day, the Sanctuary Exploration Center will host an evening event to highlight the conservation efforts of the critically endangered Pacific Leatherback Turtle on Friday, October 12th from 5 PM - 8 PM!


Families will be invited to participate in Leatherback art activities, such as DIY Leatherback wood-block printing, creating turtles and jellies from recycled materials, mini painting workshop, and will be able to dress up in a Leatherback turtle costume!

 

The event will offer sustainable fish from Ocean2table and refreshments for purchase.

 

Featuring: 20-minute talks by Leatherback turtle scientists, an award-winning Leatherback short film by Dutton Media Productions, a life-size Leatherback turtle cast, and Leatherback art activities, such as DIY Leatherback wood-block printing, creating turtles and jellies from recycled materials, and a mini painting workshop.


Location: 35 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 425-4181 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Financial Literacy Classes
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Free financial literacy classes
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month (Sep 14-Mar 8) at 10:30am
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.

The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL) will offer free financial literacy classes at the Downtown Santa Cruz and Boulder Creek Branch Libraries. These programs were made possible through partnerships with three community experts, and classes cover a variety of topics to help people take charge of their financial lives.

 

Financial Fridays  Downtown Library  224 Church St. Every 2nd Friday, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Financial Fridays is led by Jennipher Lommen, a Certified Financial Planner. This series starts September 14th and runs through March 2019 with a break in December. The series begins with retirement planning and covers Medicare and long term care in October and November, respectively.


Money Mondays Downtown Library 224 Church St.  Every 4th Monday, 4:00pm - 5:15pm

Money Mondays is led by Financial Literacy Coach Lisa Bennet. The series starts September 24th and runs through March 2019 with a break in December. Topics will include: uncovering your money archetype, creating a spending plan, credit and your credit score, insurance, stock market basics, and funding college.

 

Financial Fridays in Boulder Creek  Boulder Creek Library 1390 West Park Ave., Every 2nd Friday, 10:30am

Another Financial Fridays series will be held at the Boulder Creek Library. This series is led by Aaron Brandt, Financial Advisor. The series kicks off September 14th with the foundations of investing, then covers retirement by design in October, preparing for the unexpected in November, and estate planning in December.

 

According to Library Director Susan Nemitz, "Financial literacy is a critical skill that isn't always taught in school or at home. Yet the ability to make financially responsible decisions is an important part of everyday life. Making sure people have these skills can help improve outcomes for our entire community." The library is offering no-cost learning opportunities to bridge the gap in knowledge.


Location: 1390 West Park Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Code Combat at Downtown Public Library
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Library Central
Game-based coding to learn Python and JavaScript
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month (Sep 14-Mar 8) from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.

(0 A Aug 2018) CodeCombatImage.jpgCPL'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! Ages 8-18.

 

Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Adult Arts & Crafts Workshops
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Adult Arts & Crafts Workshops
Date: The 1st Sa of every month (Oct 7-Dec 2) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Registrants MUST register due to class size limits. Email hookerj@santacruzpl.org to register.

Learn a new style of art or crafting technique from professional artists and crafters. Each month will feature a different artist and attendees get to leave with a new project, a learned skill, and a greater sense of community. All materials and teachers are paid for by the Friends of the Scotts Valley Library.

Registrants MUST register due to class size limits. Email hookerj@santacruzpl.org to register.


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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GROUNDBREAKING of LEO's Haven
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Santa Cruz County Parks
A community festival featuring oversize lawn games, pumpkins, music, craft stations, food trucks, a book giveaway and a picnic a
Date: 10/13/2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm


(0 A October 2018) LeosHaven2.jpgThis Saturday, Oct. 13, 10AM-2PM, join us for the long-awaited GROUNDBREAKING of LEO's Haven at Chanticleer County Park, Santa Cruz County's first inclusive playground children of all abilities!

 

The County of Santa Cruz, Chanticleer Park Neighborhood Association and the Santa Cruz Playground Project are hosting a community festival featuring oversize lawn games, pumpkins, music, craft stations, food trucks, a book giveaway and a picnic area.

 

Special guests include Assemblymember Mark Stone, County Supervisor John Leopold, and Parks Director Jeff Gaffney. Don't miss it! #AllKidsNeedtoPlay #santacruzplaygroundproject #InclusionMatters


Location: Chanticleer County Park, 1975 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz County Map
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Slate Creek & Page Mill Hike
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State Park Portola Redwoods
Explore Portola Redwoods State Park
Date: 10/13/2018 at 1:00pm


Slate Creek & Page Mill Hike

Saturday, October 13 at 1pm

Learn about some of the early settlers in the area as we hike 6 miles roundtrip through pristine redwood forest to the Page Mill site and back. As wildflowers disappear, mushrooms begin to emerge from the depths of the duff, and many of the forests creatures welcome the change of pace as fall approaches. Hike with a state park interpreter and a Portola and Castle Rock Foundation board member to explore the understory of this marvelous place. Bring hiking or running shoes, water, snacks, and a headlamp or flashlight. This moderate hike will likely take all afternoon, so please prepare accordingly. Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. Meet at the visitor center. Event made possible by California State Parks in partnership with Portola and Castle Rock Foundation.


Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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Lobster Feed Fundraiser
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Mountain Parks Foundation
Imagine! Eating lobsters under the redwoods in support of State Parks!
Date: 10/13/2018 from 4:30pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: General Tickets: $75

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Mountain Parks Foundation Lobster Feed Fundraiser

"Join us at the 24th Annual Lobster Feed Fundraiser!

 

"Twinkling lights under a canopy of stars, the delightful sounds of live music floating through the air - it's that time of year again! Join us on Saturday, October 13 for a great time for great cause. Be sure to buy your tickets early as this event sells out every single year!

 

"Proceeds go to support environmental and cultural education programs at Henry Cowell and Big Basin Redwoods State Parks."

 

Visit Mountain Parks Foundation for ticket sales  at www.mountainparks.org or call (831) 335-3174.

 

Proceeds go to support environmental and cultural education programs at Henry Cowell Redwoods and Big Basin Redwoods State Park. For more information, please call (831) 335-3174, or email redwoods@mountainparks.org.


Location: Henry Cowell, Picnic Area 1, 525 Big Trees Park Rd, Felton Map
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Thriller Dance Mob
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Boulder Creek Parks & Rec
Thriller dance 3 Saturdays and 1 Tuesday!
Date: Every Sa (Oct 13-Oct 27) at 10:15am
Ages: All ages welcome Admission Fees: Free

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Want to learn the Thriller Dance!!!
Come on down all ages welcome.
http://www.thrilltheworld.com/


Thriller dance and dress up Halloween night to show off our zombie skills.
Free class, adults and kids welcome to join, we hope you will perform in the flash mob we do Halloween night 6:30pm in downtown Boulder Creek.


Instructor: Hallie Greene

 

Tues, Oct. 30 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Location: Junction Park, 13333 Middleton Ave, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-2727 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
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
Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party
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Roaring Camp
Dress up for Halloween with favorites Thomas and Percy, for a 20 minute train ride, entertainment, and fun filled activities
Date: Every Su and Sa (Oct 13-Oct 28)
Admission Fees: Adults: $45 ~ Children: $35 (ages 2-12)

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Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party

OCTOBER 13 - 14, 20 - 21, 27 - 28

 

ANNOUNCING THE TOUR'S MOST EXCITING YEAR EVER AS MATTEL DEBUTS TALKING THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE AND THOMAS' BEST FRIEND PERCY!


Little engineers won't believe their eyes-or their ears! Percy will be joining Thomas the Tank Engine on the rails! Also, Thomas the Tank Engine will be able to talk to his fans!


Dress up for Halloween with favorites Thomas and Percy, for a 20 minute train ride, entertainment, and fun filled activities for the entire family.

 

Activities include: Temporary Tattoos, Face Painting, Story Telling, Videos, Train Play Tables, Pick a Pumpkin (small pumpkins for little ones), Cookie decorating, photos with Sir Topham Hatt, Thomas store and entertainment.


Purchase tickets here


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Hitchcock Tales
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Library Scotts Valley
An Evening with the Spirit of Alfred Hitchcock, a fundraiser celebrating an era when Hollywood came to Scotts Valley
Date: 10/13/2018 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: $25 in advance or $30 at the door

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HITCHCOCK TALES: An Evening with the Spirit of Alfred Hitchcock

 

The Friends of the Scotts Valley Library will host HITCHCOCK TALES: An Evening with the Spirit of Alfred Hitchcock, a fundraiser celebrating an era when Hollywood came to Scotts Valley.

 

Alfred Hitchcock lived in Scotts Valley for more than 30 years and many of his most famous films were inspired by this place.

 

Activities include a noir movie costume contest, a green screen photo booth, a trivia quiz, lots of great gift baskets to bid on, a silent auction, yummy food, a cash bar (wine, Hitchcocktails & mocktails, pinot flight tasting), movie-watching, button-making, and more.

 

Adults only. Tickets: $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Tickets for the fundraiser are on sale at the Scotts Valley Library, at Mollie's Country Café, and through members of the SV Friends. Guests who come in a Hitchcock-inspired costume will be entered in a special drawing.


Location: Friends of Scotts Valley Library, 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Archeology Day
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State Park Mission
Follow the archeological process from the dig to the display, and participate in hands-on activities
Date: 10/13/2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


(0 A September 2018) ArcheologyDay2018.jpgHow do artifacts give us clues to the past? Follow the archaeological process from the dig to the display, and participate in hands-on activities to discover the stories told by the artifacts.

 

Celebrate archeology day at the Santa Cruz Mission where you can do hands-on activities, see demonstrations, and take a tour. Presented in collaboration with the Santa Clara University, Department of Archeology. Event is free. Rain cancels.

 

 


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 425-5849 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Back Country Tour
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State Park Wilder Ranch
On this challenging guided three-hour, six-mile hike we’ll explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills
Date: 10/13/2018 at 9:00am


Backcountry Tour

 

This challenging guided three-hour hike will explore the natural and cultural history of the backcountry of Wilder Ranch State Park. Meet at the Wilder Ranch State Park parking lot. Bring good walking shoes, lunch, snacks, and water. Rain cancels. 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 Coast Rd., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-0505 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Fish, Fins, and Flukes Fall Festival
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Check out unique science artifacts never before seen by the public! Family crafts, El Buen Taco food truck, and live music from
Date: 10/14/2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All ages. Admission Fees: $7 for children and $9 for adults

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Sunday, October 14, 2018
10 AM - 5 PM

 

Fish, Fins, and Flukes Fall Festival is a one-of-a-kind community event for all ages. Guests will explore our marine lab's Science Showcase featuring unique science artifacts, our skull collection, and a whale of a skeleton (or two!). Family crafts, El Buen Taco food truck, and live music from The Singing Scientist complete the day.

 

A special thank you to Long Marine Lab research groups!

 

Science Showcase 12 - 3 PM

Check out unique science artifacts never before seen by the public! Students and scientists from the Long Marine Laboratory will showcase interesting props, specimens, or scientific instruments representing their research.

 

The Singing Scientist and The Earth Rangers 3 - 4:30 PM

Join Dr. Peter Weiss, "The Singing Scientist," and his rockin' band, "The Earth Rangers," for some danceable environmental education music. They sing about wildlife, plastic pollution, blue whales, cookin' with a solar oven, and much more. Dr. Pete, also known as a UCSC chemistry instructor, plays music that is danceable, engaging, and catchy. The Earth Rangers, with Gail Swain and Ron Goodman on vocals, Jerry Paul on bass, and Jeff Arlt on percussion, are a bunch of pros, and together with Dr. Pete, they will get the Seymour Center rockin'!

 

Public: Adult $9 | Senior, Student, Child $7 | Children 2 and under FREE
Members: FREE


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Welcome Back Monarchs
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State Park Natural Bridges
Habitat hikes, active games and crafts for children, face painting, butterfly garden tips, along with live music
Date: 10/14/2018 from 11:00am to 4:00pm


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Welcome Back Monarchs Da

Come enjoy a fun, family-friendly, festive day! This classic Santa Cruz tradition will kick off the Monarch butterfly season in style. We will explore the world through the eyes of a butterfly and discover how we can help the monarchs and their migration through our yards on their way to Natural Bridges for the fall and winter. Through activities, stories, games, crafts, song, parade, information booths and even food, we will celebrate these magnificent creatures that come to spend the winter at Natural Bridges State Park.


Event free; parking is $10. For more information, please call (831) 423-4609. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 425-5849 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Floating Pumpkin Patch
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Catch a pumpkin, games, prizes, and a waterslide!
Date: 10/14/2018 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: $8.00 adults/$6.00 children & seniors. Swim for a pumpkin – $4.00/pumpkin

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Simpkins Family Swim Center - Sunday, October 14, 1-4 PM

We're putting a fun spin on the tradition of pumpkin picking by creating a patch in the pool just for you! In addition to pumpkins, we've got plenty of other fun activities planned for the day, including games, prizes, music, popcorn, and pumpkin decorating, and the waterslide will be open!

 

Costumes are encouraged and there will be a costume contest and photo booth for those that dress up!  Bring your suit and towel, your friends and family, and make a day of it!  This is a drop-in, rain or shine event; pre-registration is not required. 

 

Please note: The floating pumpkin patch opens at 1:30. Only those picking out a pumpkin can swim in the pumpkin patch.  Don't miss this fun fall family event at the Swim Center!  Check HERE for the schedule of activities and admission information.


Location: Simpkin Family Swim Center, 979 17th Ave., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 454-7946 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Earthquakes and our Adobe
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State Park Castro Adobe
Our adobe's story should have ended with 1989's Loma Prieta earthquake, but the right choices at the right times kept our story
Date: 10/14/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm

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

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Open House at the Castro Adobe: Earthquakes and our Adobe

 

 

Our adobe's story should have ended with 1989's Loma Prieta earthquake, but the right choices at the right times kept our story alive. Please join us for a snack from our restored cocina, look at how historical earthquakes affected our adobe and the people who lived here, the monumental work done to reconstruct our adobe since Loma Prieta, and the efforts underway right now to ensure our story continues after our next big earthquake.

 

Event is free; limited parking (carpooling encouraged). Active construction site, open only during scheduled events like this. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-335-6318 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Open Streets Santa Cruz 2018
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Open Streets Santa Cruz County and Bike Santa Cruz County
Join us as we walk, play, bike and dance in the streets on a day free from car traffic
Date: 10/14/2018 from 9:00am to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A September 2018) OpenStreetsSantaCruzKidsonBikes.jpgWe're thrilled to announce the annual Open Streets Santa Cruz!

This Santa Cruz tradition returns to West Cliff Drive on Sunday, October 14th, 2018. We'll be closing the road to cars between Lighthouse Field and Natural Bridges and invite you to join us as we walk, play, bike and dance in the streets on a day free from car traffic. Essentially a pop-up street park, Open Streets is fun for the whole family and will feature dozens of awesome local organizations hosting activities and games, live music, a raffle, and more!


ACTIVITIES / BOOTHS / MUSICIANS / LOCATIONS     ~     PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

 

Visit scopenstreets.org for more details, and be sure to sign up to receive updates on this and future Open Streets events.

Want to feature your business or organization at Open Streets? Visit scopenstreets.org/sponsor-an-event/ for more info and to apply!


Location: West Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz Map
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5 Steps To Connect Parenting Class
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Allison Livingston
We all need support to be real as we experience the hardest and most rewarding job on earth. Learn or hear something new that wi
Date: Every Su from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Ages: parents/adults
Special Instructions: Email to register

Note New Start Date: Thursday October 11th
Inviting all Santa Cruz County Parents! (Especially ones with challenging spirited kids!)

5 Thursdays 7:00pm-8:30pm Starting Oct 11
Sign up: allison@5stepstoconnect.com

 

Parenting evokes a full spectrum of emotions with higher intensity than many other experiences. Knowing how to deal with the intensity of these emotions both personally and with your kids can be difficult and challenging to navigate.

 

Wouldn't it be satisfying to connect rather than ignore, react, or pretend with your kids. Becoming the CEO of your reactions provides you tools to authentically deepen and live in relationships filled with connection, love and understanding.

 

I am so inspired to teach after being nourished by all the faculty at 1440 Multiversity like Dan Siegel, Dr. Shefali, a Brene Brown trainer, Liz Gilbert and Cheryl Strayed plus so many more.

I have also practiced my own 5 Steps to Connect during challenging times at work with my attachments to 'doing well', competency, striving to be superwoman, keeping an impossible amount of balls in the air, and being a learner instead of 'the knowing' one. As you can imagine it has triggered all my stuff. Of course then there is home life with teens, attitude, setting boundaries (which I am terrible at and gives me stomach aches), all with my husband which just adds another layer.

 

This work isn't easy, but it is Life Enriching and so worthwhile!

Come learn in community.

 

Allison is a mother of two teenage daughters. She is a conflict resolution mediator, a workshop leader and works at 1440 Multiversity. She started this work in 2005 when she was seeking a better way to relate to her oldest, spirited child, who was then four.


Location: 145 Riviera Dr, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 685-9379 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Medicare Explained Series
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Library Scotts Valley
If you, a loved one, or even someone you know is on Medicare or about to be eligible for Medicare, Manfred will answer your qu
Date: The 3rd Mon of every month (Aug 20-Dec 17) from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A Aug 2018) Medicare-Options-Logo.jpgEverything you need to know about Medicare. Manfred Luedge of Health Markets in Santa Cruz will explain and simplify all things Medicare, from the basics to Medicare supplemental insurance to Medicare prescription drug plans, Medicare savings plans, and outpatient services.

 

If you, a loved one, or even someone you know is on Medicare or about to be eligible for Medicare, Manfred will answer your questions. The five months of the program will correspond to the open enrollment period to choose plans.

This series will be offered on the 3rd Monday of each month, August - December 2018

August 20 - Understanding Medicare: The Basics
September 17 - Choosing a MediGap Plan: Medicare Supplements
October 15 - Finding help with prescription drug costs
November 19 - How do Medicare Savings Plans (MSP's) Work?
December 17 - Medicare and Outpatient Services


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
ESL Conversation
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Library Central
Date: Every Mon from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 6yrs & up Admission Fees: Free

ESL Conversation Group (4:00 PM-5:00 PM)

Volunteer guided ESL conversation group for people who want to practice their English. We'll use real life situations and tasks to help people get more comfortable with using English in everyday life. Grupo de conversacion ESL dirigido por un voluntario para participantes que desean practicar su inglés. Utilizaremos situaciones de la vida diaria para ayudar a la gente a sentirse más cómodo usando el ingés en la vida cotidiana.

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831)427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Discretion Brewing's Love Monday
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center & Discretion Brewing
A Benefit for the Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Date: 10/15/2018 from 11:30am to 9:00pm
Ages: 21+ Admission Fees: 0

(0 A September 2018) SeymourMDC_logoSept2018.jpgJoin us at Discretion Brewing for Love Monday. On October 15, $1 dollar for every draft beer sold will be donated to the Seymour Center.

 

Enjoy a beverage with your friends, and a tasty bite to eat, while supporting the Seymour Center and doing good for the ocean!


Location: Discretion Brewing, 2703 41st Avenue, Suite A, Soquel Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Soquel create a direct event link
Big Sur Camping Trip!
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Adventure Sports Unlimited Adventure Travel
Camp, hike the mountains of the south coast, repose in flowing streams, hunt for jade and jasper, surf, boogie board, and play .
Date: Every day (Oct 15-Oct 19)
Ages: Ages 3 and up Admission Fees: $40/day

In true ASU fashion we are gearing up for another family camping adventure in Big Sur at Plaskett Creek Campground! We love what Big Sur has to offer in October. Generally warm temperatures, clear seas, and tons of delicious fish! 
On this excursion we invite folks of all ages (some may have to call in well to work or school;) but it's always an adventure to remember. 


As the compressed air is a scarcity at 2.5 hours from our compressor, this will be primarily a free-diving mission, although everyone is welcome to tank dive on their own accord.

We provide a comfy kitchen all set up when you arrive, all you have to do is bring your sleeping quarters and blankets!

 

Cost is $40/night 

 

More details can be found here:)

 

Big Sur Camping
* Logistics * Kitchen * Showers * Indian Sweat * Camp Fees * $40/ day


There is nothing like a Big Sur sunset!
October 15th-19th


Location: 303 Potrero St #15, Santa Cruz Map
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Homeschool Moms Stitch Night
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Heddi Craft
Monthly get together for homeschool moms offers great conversation and some time to nurture yourself
Date: The 16th of every month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm


(0 April 2018) HomeschoolSttchNight.jpgJoin other homeschool moms for a monthly stitch and chat get together. Bring your favorite handwork (it doesn't have to be stitching, any kind of creative task is great!) and a snack to share. We'll provide the coffee and tea! This monthly get together offers great conversation and some time to nurture yourself. Third Tuesday of every month from 7-9pm.

This free event is hosted by long time homeschooling mom Heddi Craft at Knit Sew Make, located in the former sanctuary area of the building at 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz.

 

Check to confirm for location and date.


Location: Knit Sew Make, 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz Map
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Retirement Planning and Home Equity Conversion Mortgages
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Library Aptos
Learn about the pros and cons of today's Home Equity Conversion Mortgage and other reverse mortgages
Date: 10/16/2018 from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

Learn about the pros and cons of today's Home Equity Conversion Mortgage and other reverse mortgages with local mortgage loan originator, Marina Watts.

 

This free workshop will focus on educating homeowners on the most recent updates and products available for folks 60+ in reverse mortgages. Discover what your benefit may look like with a reverse mortgage and the different ways you can utilize funds to increase cash flow in retirement. Forty-five minute presentation followed by Q & A.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Social Security: Maximizing Your Claiming Decision
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Social Security: Maximizing Your Claiming Decision
Date: 10/16/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

Learn best strategies for optimizing your Social Security claiming age with local, registered Social Security analyst and Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, Martha Shedden. This free workshop will help retirees and pre-retirees understand Social Security's rules in order to maximize their benefit. Married couples will learn why it is so important to coordinate your Social Security income election with your spouse, and divorced people will find out if ex-spousal benefits may be an option for you. Discover how much money you may gain by waiting past age 62 to claim your benefit.


Location: Aptos Branch Library, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Ocean's Edge Food Truck & Artisan Fair
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Food Trucks A Go Go
Bring your appetites, friends, co-workers and family!
Date: The 3rd Tues of every month (May 15-Sep 18) from 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Ages: All

TACO TUESDAY SCHEDULE ROLLS OUTWITH FOOD TRUCKS AT TWO LOCATIONS
Food Trucks A Go Go is rolling out their Taco Tuesday schedule at two locations with rotating food trucks serving tacos, along with their unique, signature dishes.


Back at Anna Jean Cummings Park in Soquel,
for the third year, Taco Tuesdays will resume on May 22nd and continue on the fourth Tuesday of every month.


A new location has been added at the Felton Covered Bridge Park in Felton. These monthly dinners, starting on May 15th, will be held on the third Tuesday of every month and are co-sponsored by the San Lorenzo Valley Chamber of Commerce and Food Trucks A Go Go. The premiere Taco Tuesday will be a Chamber Mixer with a Beer & Wine Garden.


There is plenty of green grass and open space for people to spread out and for kids and dogs to run around. People are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.


Taco Tuesdays run from 5 - 7:30pm at both locations. Bring your appetites, friends, co-workers and family! Follow @foodtrucksagogo for more information.


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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.


Phone: 661-4771 •website La Selva Beachcreate a direct event link
Free Homework Help
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Library Garfield Park
Date: Every Wed (Oct 11-May 22) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: Up to 18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: No appointment needed.

Success in school is important for every child's future.

 

The library offers free Homework Help to all students under 18 years of age.

 

No appointment is needed and all subjects are covered.


Locations:

Tuesdays 3-5p: La Selva Beach

Wednesdays 3-5p: Garfield Park

 

Dates: Weeks of October 11 to May 22

Holidays/Breaks Schedule: Thanksgiving week, Winter break, Spring break


Location: 705 Woodrow Ave., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7709 •website Santa Cruz Countycreate a direct event link
CASE Art, stands for Creative, Artistic, Scientific, Expressive
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Kids in art by using their own creativity while learning about the relationship between art and science
Date: 10/17/2018 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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Pleasure Point Third Thursdays
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Pleasure Point Community
Come down to Pleasure Point, check out all of our fantastic new shops, support and meet local artisans and have a good time!
Date: The 3rd Th of every month (Sep 20-May 16) at 5:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 1st Peak Park to the Hook

(0 A September 2018) PleasurePointThursdays.jpgPleasure Point has a new and exciting event to share! Every Third Thursday of the month from 5-8 pm, businesses will stay open for our community and feature local artists and makers. We will feature musicians and food trucks to create a lively atmosphere for families to enjoy. Come down to Pleasure Point, check out all of our fantastic new shops, support and meet local artisans and have a good time!


Phone: (831) 464-7748 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Halloween in the Mountains
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San Lorenzo Valley Chamber of Commerce
Date: Every day (Oct 18-Oct 31)
Admission Fees: check individual events

(0 A October 2018) Halloween_inMtns_Small.jpg Oct 20 Harvest Festival at Boulder Creek United Methodist Church Noon to 4pm. Pumpkin patch, bounce house, snacks, face painting. 

Oct 20 Murder at the Deadwood Saloon Dinner Theatre 6-9pm at Bear Creek Recreation Center. Fundraiser supports Boulder Creek Recreation. 

Oct 20, 21 Thomas the Tank Engine & Percy's Halloween Party at Roaring Camp Railroads. 6 scheduled train rides starting at 10am. Last train at 3pm. 

Oct 23 Pumpkin Decorating Bonanza at the Felton Farmer's Market 2:30-6:30pm. Donated pumpkins, face painting, scavenger hunt. At 3:30 a pumpkin beer (non-alcoholic) workshop. 

Oct 27 Halloween Dance Party at Casa Nostra Restaurant 6-10pm. Free glass of sparkling wine if you show up in costume. 

Oct 27 Witches Ball at Brookdale Lodge 9pm. Live Music and witch hat contest. 

Oct 27 Zeppelin Live Halloween Party at Flynn's Cabaret 9pm-12am.

Oct 31 Trick or Treat with Downtown Boulder Creek merchants. Shops will be open handing out candy. Stay for the Thriller Flash Mob!

Oct 31 Trick or Treat with Downtown Felton merchants. The fun starts at 5pm.


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Great California Shakeout
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Great California Shakeout
The safest thing to do during an earthquake is "Drop, Cover, and Hold On."
Date: 10/18/2018 at 10:18am


(0 A October 2018) Shakeout_DropCoverHold.jpgMillions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On on October 18* during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills.

 

2018 is the 10th Anniversary of ShakeOut, which began in southern California in 2008.

 

Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes- wherever you live, work, or travel.

 

www.earthquakecountry.org/dropcoverholdon


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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: 10/18/2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: We are located at the end of Delaware Avenue.

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

 
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
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Santa Cruz Sister City Visit Presentation: Shingu, Japan
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Santa Cruz Sister City Visit Presentation: Shingu, Japan
Date: 10/18/2018 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Ages: Teens and Adults Admission Fees: Free

Kids and their parents are invited to learn more about this travel opportunity at this free one hour presentation. The Sister Cities Committee of Santa Cruz is now accepting applications from local 8th-10th graders who have a strong interest in Japan and would like to be a part of a 10-day student ambassador delegation in Spring, 2019. Participants spend about a week living with a Japanese host family and visiting local points of interest in our Japanese Sister City of Shingu this Spring! The online application deadline is November 16th, 2018. Questions? Call Gayle McCallum, Shingu Subcommittee Chair, at 831 460-0675.


Location: Downtown Santa Cruz, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Homeschooling Workshop
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The Discovery Learning Center
Find out more about the legal ways to homeschool, the various styles of homeschooling, and the area resources for homeschooling
Date: 10/18/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: parents

(0 A October 2018) DLC_HomeschoolingWorkshop_Oct18.jpgThis fast paced, one and a half hour introductory workshop will help new homeschooling families find out more about the legal ways to homeschool, the various styles of homeschooling, and the area resources for homeschooling.

This is a workshop for adults and babies in arms. No child care is provided. Up to two adults may attend with one registration (please RSVP on Facebook event).

About the presenter: Heddi has three children and has been homeschooling for the past 12 years. She is the county contact for the California Homeschool Network and is a member of the Homeschool Association of California. If you have questions about the workshop, please contact her at 831-458-1711 or heddicr@gmail.com.


Location: 5271 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley Map
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Sleepy Hollow, The Musical
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Lua Sol Productions
A dazzling new production based on the beloved classic tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, just in time for Hallowe
Date: Every Su, Th, Fri and Sa (Oct 19-Oct 28)
Admission Fees: $12-25

(0 A October 2018) sleepy-hollow.jpgSleepy Hollow, The Musical Welcome to the international premiere of Sleepy Hollow the Musical, a dazzling new production based on the beloved classic tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, just in time for Halloween! Written by Santa Cruz County long-time residents, Katelyn and Sierra Laird, this innovative adaptation of Washington Irving's Headless Horseman features a new story of love and the supernatural with an all-original score.

The show begins a national tour with October performances in the newly refurbished Matthews Theater of the Santa Cruz County Veterans Memorial Building. Delight in a professional and family-friendly production featuring Broadway-style vocals, choreography, and scenic design in a whirlwind musical that is suitable for adults and children alike.

Enjoy a mysterious tale of adventure and romance, love and laughs, the dark mysteries of a seemingly sleepy town, and the strength of the human spirit. Come celebrate the Halloween Season with this fun and fabulous event that is sure to become a holiday tradition for the entire family.

Showtimes are:

Friday, Oct. 19th: Evening Performance @ 7:30
Saturday, Oct 20th: 2:00 Matinee AND 7:30 Evening Show
Sunday, Oct. 21st: 2:00 Matinee
Saturday, Oct 27th: 2:00 Matinee AND 7:30 Evening Show
Sunday, Oct. 28th: 2:00 Matinee

*Notice: Special Performance Friday, Oct. 26th. Check out our website (www.luasolproductions.com) for details and updates on this unique, one-night-only outdoor experience.

Get Tickets $12-25


Location: Veterans Memorial Building, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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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

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.


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Birding for Beginners
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Join us for a 1.5-hour stroll over uneven surfaces to view the many birds, plants, and scenery of Wilder Ranch State Park.
Date: 10/19/2018 from 9:00am to 11:30am


Bird Watching for Beginners

 

On this one and a half hour walk, be prepared to hike a couple of miles on uneven surfaces, with many stops to view the many birds, plants and scenery along the way. You will help each other spot and identify the birds! Bring your binoculars if you have them (binoculars are available to borrow), clothes for variable weather, and good walking shoes. Everyone is welcome (children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by adults). Meet at the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center. Rain cancels. 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: Located two miles north of Santa Cruz, on Highway 1, Santa Cruz Map
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Financial Fridays with Jennipher Lommen
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Financial Fridays with Jennipher Lommen
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month (Oct 12-Jan 12) from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

Financial Fridays is led by Jennipher Lommen, a Certified Financial Planner. This series starts September 14th and runs through March 2019 with a break in December. The series begins with retirement planning and covers Medicare and long term care in October and November, respectively. Every 2nd Friday of the month at 1:00pm - 2:00pm; No class in December.


Location: Santa Cruz Downtown Public Libra, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Dia de Pescar: Fly Fishing Clinic along the San Lorenzo River
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Santa Cruz Fly Fisherman Club
Get hooked on fishing at the 3rd Annual Dia de Pescar Fly Fishing Clinic. Bring the whole family and learn about fish and fishin
Date: 10/20/2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free

Get hooked on fishing at the 3nd Annual Dia de Pescar Fly Fishing Clinic. Bring the whole family and learn about fish and fishing in Santa Cruz County.

 

This event is for all ages and all experience levels. Whether you are just beginning or are a seasoned veteran you can:

  • Learn fishing techniques from the pros.
  • Learn about the gear you need.
  • Play fishy games, compete in casting and win awesome gear prizes.
  • Learn about where to fish on the San Lorenzo River and Santa Cruz County.
  • Learn from local fish experts about the fish in our river and in the Monterey Bay.
  • Learn what you can do to protect fish.

Have you seen people fishing in the river and thought, how cool! Well, this is your chance to give it a try! No gear or prior experience necessary.

This event is organized by Santa Cruz Fly Fisherman Club, Steinbeck Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project and Patagonia.


Location: San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz Riverwalk, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 464-9200 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Climate Action Tree Planting
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City of Watsonville
There's an old saying that "the best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago and the second best time is now."
Date: 10/20/2018 from 9:00am to 12:00pm


(0 A October 2018) TreePlantingOct20.jpgThere's an old saying that "the best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago and the second best time is now." The City of Watsonville is pleased to kick off our fall tree planting season with an event dedicated to climate action. Please join City staff and local nonprofit partners Regeneration-Pájaro Valley Climate Action, Watsonville Wetlands Watch, and Pajaro Valley Arts Council as we plant trees at Muzzio Park and work towards a healthier Watsonville on Saturday, October 20th from 9am - Noon.

Materials, refreshments, and a free lunch for planting volunteers will be provided. Participants will learn about local ways to engage in climate change action, and will create art with Pajaro Valley Arts.

Trees are a symbol for a strength and resiliency, and an indicator of communities that invest in a healthy and sustainable future. As trees grow, they help stop climate change by removing carbon dioxide from the air, storing carbon in the trees and soil, and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere. Once grown, the trees rooted at Muzzio Park will provide canopies of shade decreasing the effects of rising temperatures and keeping Watsonville cool. They will also support habitat for birds and create a refreshing resting spot for park visitors.

We look forward to seeing you there! For more information, email Rachel Kippen at rachel.kippen@cityofwatsonville.org

**This effort is part of the Watsonville Urban Forest Revitalization Project funded by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as part of the California Climate Investments Program.


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BCUMC Harvest Festival
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Boulder Creek United Methodist
Games a face painter a bounce house and a pumpkin patch, as well as good food, good people, and all around good time
Date: 10/20/2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


(0 A October 2018) Halloween_ChurchFest.jpgBring your family to the Harvest Festival at Boulder Creek United Methodist Church on Saturday October 20th.

 

There will be games a face painter a bounce house and a pumpkin patch, as well as good food, good people, and all around good times.


Location: 12855 Boulder St, Boulder Creek Map
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Cleanup Beaches with Save Our Shores
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Save Our Shores
Join us for fun, free, easy way to give back to your community by keeping pollution from entering the Monterey Bay National Mari
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All ages welcomed!

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

For more information, contact cleanup@saveourshores.org.

 


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Hidden Gems of Big Basin: Wildflowers and Other Beauties
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State Park Big Basin
Yes! Wildflowers are blooming!
Date: 10/20/2018 at 9:30am
Ages: 5+ or able to hike 3 miles Admission Fees: free

Hidden Gems: Flowers of Big Basin!

Saturday, October 20 at 9:30am

There are many less-famous, yet still beautiful, plants in the redwood forest. Join Docent Kathy Willott on this four-mile, three-hour walk and meet some of the hidden gems of Big Basin! Bring water and lunch. Meet at Park Headquarters. Event is free; day-use parking is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 

 

 


Location: Rancho del Oso Gate, Wadell Creek Map
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Community Poetry Circle
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Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(2:00 PM-4:00 PM)

Poetry gives rise to the full expression of self. Join the circle for this free monthly workshop on the 3rd Saturday of the month. All levels welcome. No preregistration required.


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Animal Advocates Afterschool Club
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Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
Club offers opportunities for young animal lovers
Date: 10/20/2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Special Instructions: Starts up in October

Animal Advocates Afterschool Club

Youth Service Clubs at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter


The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter provides after-school clubs for two age groups (1st - 5th & 6th - 12th grades), encouraging and supporting the young animal lovers in our community to learn and grow as compassionate stewards. Membership is required and space in the Clubs is very limited so sign-up today!

 

If there are fewer than four registrations for any month, there will be no Club and refunds will be issued. All registrations must be completed the week before Club for that month begins. Refunds are only offered is Club is canceled.  


Kids Animal Advocates (1st - 5th graders)

What: Students learn about animals and do projects to help the Shelter pets.

When & Where: Tuesdays 4:00-6:00pm, at Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, 2200 7th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA

How Much: $60 - $80 monthly, depending on the month

Click here for further information and to register!



Youth Animal Advocates (5th - 9th graders)

What: Youth volunteers learn about animals and animal welfare, help pets during their stay at the Shelter, and earn Service Hours.

When & Where: Wednesdays 4:00 - 6:00 pm, at Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, 2200 7th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA

How Much: $60 - $80 monthly, depending on the month

Click here for further information and to register!


If you have further questions, please call 831-454-7235 or email jen.walker@santacruzcounty.us


Location: 2200 7th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Heritage Harvest Festival & Rare Apple Tasting
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Celebrate! The harvest is in. See tractor, draft horse and living history demonstrations, listen to music, make crafts, and ...R
Date: 10/20/2018 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: $10 parking

Heritage Harvest Festival
Saturday October 20 from 11am to 4 pm

Celebrate! The harvest is in! See tractor, draft horse, and living history demonstrations, listen to music, make crafts, and participate in harvest-time activities. This event is appropriate for all ages.

 

 


Location: Wilder Ranch , Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map
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The Missing Arm
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State Park Big Basin
Experience the haunted tale of Big Basin's last lumber mill owner and his fateful encounter with a grizzly bear!
Date: 10/20/2018 at 6:30pm


The Missing Arm
Saturday October 20, 2018; Registration begins at 6:30pm
History takes a tall tale twist as the saga of this early pioneer unfolds. The silly, slightly haunting tours around the redwood loop trail begin at 7 pm. Enjoy the redwoods on a fall night with music, storytelling and "Ranger Apples" around the campfire. All participants must register at Park Headquarters (registration opens at 6:30 pm).

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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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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Hides & Tallow
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State Park Mission
Learn about the major products of the mission especially leather and tallowl
Date: 10/20/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Hides and Tallow

 

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; 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 St. off Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz. Please call (831) 425-5849 for more information. Events made possible by California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks.

 


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Potluck & Dance
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Pie Ranch
Pie Ranch Community Work Day, potluck dinner, and rollicking barn dance in the roadside barn
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 6:00pm to 10:00pm


(0 April 2018) PieRanchDance.jpgBARN DANCE

 

6:00pm / Potluck Dinner followed by music and dancing (7:00 pm)
Reservations and information

The potluck brings a few dozen people out, each with a dish they’ve brought to share.

Cost for the dance is $15–20 per person on a sliding scale; everyone contributes what they can! PLEASE NOTE THAT AN RSVP IS RECOMMENDED but not required and is helpful for our own planning purposes. Nobody will be turned away.

The 7pm Dance lasts 3 hours and features the County Line Pickers (Jim Davies, bass; Joni Davies, guitar; Hide Kawatsur, mandolin; Ken Clarkson, banjo; Luke Abbott and Nancy Vail, fiddle) with caller Andy Wilson to lead the do-si-dos and more!

To encourage a friendly family atmosphere and encourage safe driving on Hwy 1, the potluck and barn dance are alcohol-free events. Please register using the "Sign Up" button at the top of this page and note that we can only accommodate groups of 10 or less. Our office is closed on Saturday and Sunday so the latest RSVP we can accept is the Friday before the barndance, by 3pm.


Location: 2080 Cabrillo Highway, Pescadero Map
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Santa Cruz Band Review
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Beach Boardwalk
Join us for an exciting musical parade as 55 Northern California high school and junior high school marching bands compete next
Date: 10/20/2018


(0 A October 2018) SCHighMarchingBand.jpgSanta Cruz Band Review

Join us for an exciting musical parade as 55 Northern California high school and junior high school marching bands compete next to the iconic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in the ONLY band review with warm sand, cool surf, and hot rides!

Marching bands will be judged in categories such as music, showmanship, and marching.

 


Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz 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 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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Old Tree Trail Hike
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State Park Portola Redwoods
On this 1-mile, 1-hour kid friendly excursion we'll stroll through a giant old growth redwood grove that's over 1,200 years old,
Date: Every Sa (Oct 20-Nov 24)

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Portola Redwoods State Park
Old Tree Trail Hike

On this 1-mile, 1-hour kid friendly excursion we'll stroll through a giant old growth redwood grove that's over 1,200 years old, discover the banana slug's vital role to this flourishing forest, and learn about the marvelous Marbled Murrelet and how park visitors can help save these endangered birds. Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. Meet outside the visitor center. Bring closed toe shoes, water, a snack, and a camera. Event made possible by California State Parks in partnership with Portola and Castle Rock Foundation.

 

From Highway 35, turn west onto Alpine Road, go 3 miles, and turn onto Portola State Park Rd. Use low gear as both these roads are steep and winding (650) 948-9098.

 



Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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Parent Conference and Resource Fair
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SPIN
Learn more about special education and resources to help your child.
Date: 10/20/2018


(0 A September 2018) SPIN_ParentConference.jpgJoin us on Saturday October 20th for our first Parent Conference and Resource Fair in San Benito County, for registration and general information please contact Ricardo Cornejo at rcornejo@spinsc.org

 

Learn more about special education and resources to help your child.


Location: Ladd Lane School, 161 LaddLane, Hollister Map
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Open House for Prospective Families
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Kirby School
Looking for a place to belong? We are now accepting 2019-20 applications for grades 6 - 12!
Date: 10/20/2018 from 1:00pm to 3:15pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: free

With an average class size of 12 students, a full range of AP and honors courses, intensive study paths, and a world-class faculty, Kirby students are challenged based on interests and readiness, not grade level. Please join us at our Open House to learn more about how Kirby supports, engages, and challenges every student in our care. We will begin with a Meet and Greet, followed by a more formal presentation, a campus "passport tour," and a closing reception. Learn more about our school, talk with Kirby families and faculty, and see our campus in action. We look forward to seeing you there!

Reservations are appreciated but not required: https://kirby.org/rsvp


Location: 425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Tech Talks
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Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Tech Talks: 10/15 - Health, 10/29 - Smart Homes
Date: Every 2 weeks on Sa (Oct 15-Oct 29) from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: Adults

Special guest, Philip King, shares his favorite tech tools and tips that can enrich your life. Join as we explore and discuss the following topics. Free coffee provided!

10/15 - Health
10/29 - Smart Homes


Location: Aptos Branch Library, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos 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 (Apr 21-Dec 15) from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 April 2018) MadeInMountains2018.jpgIt's back!! The sidewalks will be filled with art and crafts again on the 3rd Saturday of the month. And we're adding music to the event! So, come out, enjoy the incredible spring weather and load up on art and joy!

 

I can't wait to see what creativity the winter months brought out in all of the artists' work!

We're continuing the "Spend $50, get $100" game, too! The Boulder Bucks program works like this - if you spend $50 or more at any local business during the Made in the Mountains event (buying groceries, getting a mani/pedi, buying pizza for the kids' baseball team, .... ) just take your receipt to Emelia at Air & Fire before the event is over. Your name will be added to the drawing that will happen within the week after the event. You could be the one that wins $100 in the form of a gift certificate to spend at a local business of your choice! You can also split the $100 into 2 gift certificates to different businesses.

 

So, getting the kids pizza could turn into a free necklace for yourself! Or the tools bought at the hardware store could get you a free mani/pedi for after the yardwork is done and some Chinese food for dinner! Nice, right!?

 

See ya out there!

 


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Women on Waves Surf Contest
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Women Who Surf
Date: 10/20/2018 from 6:00am to 7:00pm


(0 A October 2018) women-surf.jpgWomen on Waves Surf Contest is a day to celebrate the Santa Cruz female surfing community. Girls and women will show off their surfing skills in a friendly competition and for a great cause, The Wahine Project, a nonprofit organization that promotes a diversity of girls having access to ocean sports who would otherwise not have the opportunity. Come out, show your spectator support, and enjoy live music, a high quality raffle, surfboard raffle, unique photo opportunities, and local vendors.


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Kid's Book Party & Author Forum
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Library Central
BOOK PARTY for KIDS AGES 3-8 (10:00a -12:00p) with author readings, awesome activities, and goodies!
Date: 10/20/2018 from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

BOOK PARTY for KIDS AGES 3-8 (10:00a -12:00p) with author readings, awesome activities, and goodies!

Followed by Q&A FORUM for EDUCATORS (12:15p -1:00p) featuring authors Eve Bunting, Eric Hoffman, Diane Landy, and Kathy Ellen Davis. Let's talk about books, writing, & superpower play in the classroom. Bring questions & leave inspired.

15% of book sales will be donated to the Friends of the SC Public Libraries. Seating will be limited, so come early! For more info, see: adventureswithzap.com/bookparty


Location: The Friends of the Santa Cruz Pu, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Grateful Shelter Festival
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Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
Join us for this fun tribute to our shelter and the Grateful Dead!
Date: 10/20/2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: $10

(0 A October 2018) SCCAnimalShelter_10_Yr.jpgWe're celebrating the 10th anniversary of our Rodriguez Street location with a dog-friendly event for the whole community. Join us for this fun tribute to our shelter and the Grateful Dead! BIG THANKS to the local businesses who are supporting this event.

  • Live Music by Matt Hartle & Friends
  • Veggie Chili Cook-Off
  • Wine and Local Beer from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, Sante Adairius Rustic Ales & New Bohemia Brewing Company
  • Silent Auction - Click here for a list of auction items
  • Tacos El Chuy
  • Tie Dying and Face Painting!
  • Doggie Spa and Other Dog Activities

$10 for general admission
$20 for admission and chili-tasting

Limited tickets! Buy them here!

Want to enter your recipe into our Vegetarian Chili Cook-Off and win some prizes? Click here for info.

SCHEDULE

12pm Doors open
12-2pm Chili Tasting Contest
12-1pm Sound check and recorded music
12-3pm Silent Auction
12-4pm Bubbles and Crafts
1-3pm Tie-Dying
1-4pm Music by Matt Hartle and Friends
3pm Silent Auction Winners Announced


Location: 2200 7th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-454-7235 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
POP EXPO
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Central Coast Pop Expo
Date: Every day (Oct 20-Oct 21)
Admission Fees: $10 - $125 Ages 7 and under FREE with a paid adult throughout the weekend

(0 A October 2018) popExpo.jpgCentral Coast Pop Expo is for fans all across the pop culture spectrum, from comics to movies, TV to gaming, cosplay and more. It's like a little bit of Comic Con coming to the Cocoanut Grove. Highlights include a cosplay contest, children's costume parade, and exclusive panels for fans of The Lost Boys.

 


Location: Cocoanut Grove, Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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GLOW!
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GLOW is a festival featuring the very best fire and digital artists in Santa Cruz County. It's like a little bit of Burning Man
Date: 10/20/2018 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Admission Fees: General Admission $20 | Kids 12 and under $15 | MAH Members $10

(0 A September 2018) MAH_GLOW_2018.jpgGLOW is a festival featuring the very best fire and digital artists in Santa Cruz County. It's like a little bit of Burning Man came to Downtown Santa Cruz.

Explore Cooper Street as it fills with fire dancing and art. Get up close to flaming cannonades, sculptures and live DJs in Abbott Square. Get hands-on in the electrified Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) with interactive digital art, projections, and LED sculptures.

General Admission $20 | Kids 12 and under $15 | MAH Members $10

MAH Members always save 50% off GLOW tickets. Become a MAH member today at www.join.santacruzmah.org


Location: Abbott Square, Cooper St, Santa Cruz Map
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Water Harvest Festival
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Soquel Creek Water District
Free water education event in the park!
Date: 10/20/2018 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: FREE
Special Instructions: (behind Soquel Post Office)

(0 A October 2018) SoquelWater.jpgA family fun event! Hands-on discovery and activity booths, games and prizes for kids, riparian restoration tours, water education activities,

 

Banana Slug String Band Duet 1:00pm

Costume contest at 2:15pm


VOLUNTEERS WANTED

Need to complete community service hours? Want to help out at a great event celebrating water?

 

The RCD, Soquel Creek Water District and Santa Cruz County Parks Department are looking for volunteers for the Water Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 20th from 12-3. Various options available. Visit the web site to complete the volunteer form and choose an activity that you would like to help with!

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

https://www.soquelcreekwater.org/waterharvestfestival


Location: Heart of Soquel Park, 4740 Soquel Dr., Soquel Map
Phone: (831) 475-8500 •website Soquel create a direct event link
Science Sunday: Mysteries of Davidson Seamount and Sur Ridge Rev
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Mysteries of Davidson Seamount and Sur Ridge Revealed: Exploring ancient, deep-sea coral communities
Date: 10/21/2018 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Ages: Recommended for ages 10 and olde Admission Fees: Adult $9 | Senior, Student, Child $7 | Children 2 and under FREE | Members FREE

(0 A September 2018) SeymourMDC_logoSept2018.jpgOwing to its spectacular abundance of marine life, Monterey Bay was designated as a National Marine Sanctuary in 1992. As technology developed to explore the deep, Davidson Seamount was added to the Sanctuary in 2008. Large, ancient, and beautiful organisms inhabit this unique formation.

 

In 2015, Sur Ridge was determined to be a Sanctuary Ecologically Significant Area, owing to its amazing deep-sea diversity. Now we not only have the capability to reach these depths, but to also revisit individual specimens through time, unlocking the secrets of animals living nearly 12,000 feet below the surface.

Join Andrew DeVogelaere, Research Coordinator / SIMoN Program Director for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, to see the beauty, hear about ongoing research, and learn about new developments to protect and restore these extraordinary deep sea habitats.


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Financial Literacy Classes
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Free financial literacy classes
Date: The 4th Mon of every month (Sep 24-Mar 25)
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.

The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL) will offer free financial literacy classes at the Downtown Santa Cruz and Boulder Creek Branch Libraries. These programs were made possible through partnerships with three community experts, and classes cover a variety of topics to help people take charge of their financial lives.

 

Financial Fridays  Downtown Library  224 Church St. Every 2nd Friday, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Financial Fridays is led by Jennipher Lommen, a Certified Financial Planner. This series starts September 14th and runs through March 2019 with a break in December. The series begins with retirement planning and covers Medicare and long term care in October and November, respectively.


Money Mondays Downtown Library 224 Church St.  Every 4th Monday, 4:00pm - 5:15pm

Money Mondays is led by Financial Literacy Coach Lisa Bennet. The series starts September 24th and runs through March 2019 with a break in December. Topics will include: uncovering your money archetype, creating a spending plan, credit and your credit score, insurance, stock market basics, and funding college.

 

Financial Fridays in Boulder Creek  Boulder Creek Library 1390 West Park Ave., Every 2nd Friday,10:30am

Another Financial Fridays series will be held at the Boulder Creek Library. This series is led by Aaron Brandt, Financial Advisor. The series kicks off September 14th with the foundations of investing, then covers

 

According to Library Director Susan Nemitz, "Financial literacy is a critical skill that isn't always taught in school or at home. Yet the ability to make financially responsible decisions is an important part of everyday life. Making sure people have these skills can help improve outcomes for our entire community." The library is offering no-cost learning opportunities to bridge the gap in knowledge.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Financial Literacy Classes
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Free financial literacy classes
Date: The 4th Mon of every month (Sep 24-Mar 25) from 4:00pm to 5:15pm
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.

The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL) will offer free financial literacy classes at the Downtown Santa Cruz and Boulder Creek Branch Libraries. These programs were made possible through partnerships with three community experts, and classes cover a variety of topics to help people take charge of their financial lives.

 

Financial Fridays  Downtown Library  224 Church St. Every 2nd Friday, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Financial Fridays is led by Jennipher Lommen, a Certified Financial Planner. This series starts September 14th and runs through March 2019 with a break in December. The series begins with retirement planning and covers Medicare and long term care in October and November, respectively.


Money Mondays Downtown Library 224 Church St.  Every 4th Monday, 4:00pm - 5:15pm

Money Mondays is led by Financial Literacy Coach Lisa Bennet. The series starts September 24th and runs through March 2019 with a break in December. Topics will include: uncovering your money archetype, creating a spending plan, credit and your credit score, insurance, stock market basics, and funding college.

 

Financial Fridays in Boulder Creek  Boulder Creek Library 1390 West Park Ave., Every 2nd Friday,10:30am

Another Financial Fridays series will be held at the Boulder Creek Library. This series is led by Aaron Brandt, Financial Advisor. The series kicks off September 14th with the foundations of investing, then covers

 

According to Library Director Susan Nemitz, "Financial literacy is a critical skill that isn't always taught in school or at home. Yet the ability to make financially responsible decisions is an important part of everyday life. Making sure people have these skills can help improve outcomes for our entire community." The library is offering no-cost learning opportunities to bridge the gap in knowledge.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Pinto Lake Pump Track Ribbon Cutting
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Come celebrate the opening of the pump track at Pinto Lake County Park!
Date: 10/22/2018 at 1:30pm


(0 A October 2018) pumptrack_flipped.jpgSupervisors Greg Caput and Zach Friend invite members of the public to a ribbon-cutting for South County's first pump track at Pinto Lake County Park.

 

To be held Monday, Oct. 22 at 1:30 p.m., the event will celebrate a new recreational opportunity for South County youth. While Santa Cruz County is known as a global mountain biking destination, there are few resources for Pajaro Valley-area youth interested in the sport.

 

Santa Cruz County Parks, A & C Grading, Action Sports Construction, Boulder-based People for Bikes and Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz County were major partners in the project. The Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County, City of Watsonville and Watsonville Wetlands Watch also contributed funding and expertise.

 


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Navigating the School Years w/Positive Discipline (5-12 yrs)
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Navigating the School Years with Positive Discipline (5-12 yrs)
Date: Every Tues (Oct 23-Dec 11) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: $80
Special Instructions: Call 831-476-7284 x107 for discounts/scholarships

This 8-week (16-hour) class series (tailored specifically for parents of school-age children 5-12 years old) provides parents with all the concepts and tools needed to implement Positive Discipline in the home/family setting. Some of the prominent themes include early child brain development, social emotional learning, belonging and significance as innate social needs, the essential nature of long-term positive parent-child relationships, mutual respect, modeling behaviors, authoritative parenting styles that use kindness and firmness at the same time, connection before correction, the criteria for effective discipline, agreements and follow-through, non-violent communication, family meetings, routines, and the internal locus of control that guides parents and children alike to practice self-regulation.

Tuesdays, October 23rd-December 11th, 2018 from 6:30pm-8:30pm

Facilitated by Colleen Murphy, Certified Positive Discipline Trainer, ECE co-op teacher with over 16 years of ECE teaching experience both with children and as a parent educator

Cost: $80 per person and $10 per child per class session for childcare


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Taco Tuesdays
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Food Truck A Go Go
Hang out and dine on the lawn or picnic tables or stop by and take dinner home!
Date: The 4th Tues of every month (Jun 26-Oct 23) from 5:00pm to 7:30pm


(0 A June 2018) TacoTuesday_2018.jpgTaco Tuesdays are happening at Anna Jean Cummings Park / Blue Ball Park every 4th Tuesday of the month! Food trucks will be serving specialty tacos plus their signature dishes. Bring your family and meet your friends! Hang out and dine on the lawn or picnic tables or stop by and take dinner home!


Location: Anna Jean Cummings Park , 461 Old San Jose Road, Aptos Map
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7th Annual Day of the Dead Watsonville Library
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Library Watsonville
Come together to create art, follow traditions, or create new traditions.
Date: 10/25/2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: no cost

Children and their families move between four different stations to decorate sugar skulls, color, make paper flowers, and work on their miniature altars. This is a busy, exciting, hectic wonderful event. EVENT REPEATS AT THE FREEDOM BRANCH OCT 27 2018, 1:00-3:00


Location: Watsonville Public Library Commu, 275 Main Street, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831)768-3400 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
English Country Dance
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English Country Dancing
It's really, really fun!
Date: The 4th 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
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Scotts Valley Haunted House
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Scotts Valley High School
Quite scary haunted house put on by students for ages 10+
Date: Every day (Oct 25-Oct 27) from 6:30pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 10 and up Admission Fees: Cost: $9 or $32 for group of 4

The annual Scotts Valley High School haunted house is built and run by teens.  Recommended for people ages 10 and up.

 

Proceeds benefit charities.

 

Scream for a good cause! Scotts Valley High School will raise the hair on the back of your neck while raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This year's theme: Area 51. Not recommended for children under 10.

 

 

 

 


Location: 555 Glenwood Dr, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 831.439-9555 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
HALLOWEEN DANCE!
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Santa Cruz Dance
Contra dancing for beginners and experienced dancers - Make dance magic happen on the dance floor!
Date: 10/26/2018 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 7+ Admission Fees: $12 (general)($20 supporters, $8 students)
Special Instructions: Hillbillies from Mars, with Kevin Carr, Ray Bierl, Paul Kotapish, and Daniel Steinberg on a dizzying array of ghoulish instruments

COME DANCE!

 

Friday, October 26, 7:00-10:00 pM, Come help decorate! starting at 5:30

(introductory workshop at 6:30)


Admission donation for dancers is $12 (general)

($20 supporters, $8 students)

Cash or check only


(0 A October 2018) HillbilliewfromMars.jpgThis dance will feature gender-neutral dance roles (larks/ravens).

They're back, by maniacal demand!

Hillbillies from Mars, with Kevin Carr, Ray Bierl, Paul Kotapish, and Daniel Steinberg on a dizzying array of ghoulish instruments


Calling by Kelsey Hartman

 

THE SANTA CRUZ CONTRA COMMUNITY NEEDS YOUR HELP!

Running two dances per month has more than doubled our workload. This presents an opportunity for those with as little as one hour per month to contribute to the ongoing success of this endeavor. We need volunteers to help with a variety of organizational tasks. Please contact the board at volunteer@santacruzdance.org and one of us will get back to you.

 

Dances coming up:

In addition to the change in location for this Friday's dance, 

please note the change in LOCATION AND TIME for November 11.

  • Sunday, November 113:30-6:30 pm at Live Oak Grange!  Yoyo Zhou calls to Countercurrent from Seattle.
  • Friday, November 23, 7:00-10:00 pm at Live Oak Grange.  Claire Takemori calls to a band TBD.

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 experience contra dancing!

THE SANTA CRUZ CONTRA COMMUNITY needs YOUR HELP!

Making the second monthly dance sustainable has more than doubled our workload. This presents an opportunity for those with as little as one hour per month to contribute to the ongoing success of this endeavor. We need co-managers who will help set up or close the dances with other volunteers. Please contact the board at volunteer@santacruzdance.org and one of us will get back to you.

 

Our next board meeting is Tuesday, January 8, 7-9 PM at the Louden Nelson Community Center in Santa Cruz. We invite you to visit our meeting and consider whether you would like to join us.


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Contra Dances Further Afield


Location: Veteran's Hall, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Art Factory
Includes: pizza, a pumpkin for carving and a spooky project!
Date: 10/26/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: 7-12 Admission Fees: PRE-REGISTER: $45 per child

(0 A October 2018) ArtFactory_JackoCarving.jpgPlan an evening out for yourself and leave the kiddos with us! We will explore the art of pumpkin carving with lots of fun examples and demos. Kids will have pizza, do a fun spooky project and will carve their own pumpkin! 


This event sells out quickly, so register today! Call to reserve your child's space. (831) 688-8862

Friday October 26, 2018  6:30pm-8:30pm 


PRE-REGISTER: $45 per child - Call today!


Ages: 7-12

Includes: pizza, a pumpkin for carving  and a spooky project!


Location: 9099 Soquel Dr. #15, Aptos Map
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Rites of Spring
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Santa Cruz Symphony
"Rites of Spring," featuring excerpts from composers Stravinsky, Gershwin, and Debussy
Date: Every day (Oct 26-Oct 28)
Ages: all

Preview: Rites of Spring

    Friday, October 26, 11:30 AM 1:30 PM, Elks Lodge 

Join us for the second Preview of the season, "Rites of Spring," featuring excerpts from composers Stravinsky, Gershwin, and Debussy. Open to League members and Season Subscribers. 

 

Free Open Rehearsal

    Friday, October 26, 7:30 PM 10:00 PM, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium 

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


(0 A October 2018) RITES-OF-SPRING.jpgRites of Spring

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

An intoxicating survey of La Belle Époque, our second program of the season features music from a Russian in Paris, with Stravinsky's revolutionary Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring); an American in Paris, with Gershwin's jazzy An American in Paris; and a Parisian in Paris, with Debussy's exquisite Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun).

 

Rites of Spring

    Sunday, October 28, 2:00 PM 4:30 PM, Mello Center for the Performing Arts 

An intoxicating survey of La Belle Époque, our second program of the season features music from a Russian in Paris, with Stravinsky's revolutionary Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring); an American in Paris, with Gershwin's jazzy An American in Paris; and a Parisian in Paris, with Debussy's exquisite Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun).


Location: Samper Recital Hall, Cabrillo, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos Map
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Hotel Transylvania 2
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Valley Churches United Missions Holiday Projects
Monster comedy adventure - wicked good fun!
Date: 10/26/2018 at 4:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A October 2018) HotelTransylvania2.jpgMovie & Food at the Park


Dinner & Drinks 4:30 - 7:30

Movie 6:30 - 8:00

 

Bring your family, chairs & blankets.

Come in costume and get a treat!

 


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Halloween Festival
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Louden Nelson Center
Create masks, hang with zombies and take your costumes out on a pre-Halloween test ride. Tons of fun for the whole family.
Date: Every day (Oct 26-Oct 27)
Ages: All ages welcome Admission Fees: free

(0 A September 2018) Louden_Halloween2018.jpgWhat will this year's Haunted House theme be?

 

Find out this and more at the annual Halloween Festival. Create masks, hang with zombies and take your costumes out on a pre-Halloween test ride. Tons of fun for the whole family.

Friday, October 26, 6-8:00 pm
Be the first to see the Haunted House in a special EXTRA scary tour at night. FREE!

Saturday, October 27, 12-4:00 pm

Celebrate the annual Halloween Festival & Haunted House at Louden Nelson Community Center. Watch the Thrill the World Zombie Dance, create masks, tour the Haunted House, explore our touch tanks, and take your costumes out on a pre-Halloween test ride. Tons of fun for the whole family. FREE!


Location: 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Watsonville PAL HarvestFEST!
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Watsonville PAL
Date: 10/26/2018 at 5:30pm


(0 A October 2018) WatsPal_HalloweenHarvest.jpgCome out & Join us for this year's Watsonville PAL HarvestFEST!


There will be activities. like games, face painting, arts & crafts.


We will have food and movie snacks.


Don't forget to dress up - the best costume will get a prize!


Movie starts at 7:30 pm - We are watching ParaNorman!


This event is open to everyone in our community and it completely FREE!


Location: 37 Davis Ave, Freedom Map
Phone: 831-763-4147 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Museum of the Macabre
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Definitely macabre!
Date: 10/27/2018 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm


(0 A October 2018) Halloween_Macabre.jpgCome in costume and explore the mysteries of the Museum after dark. Imbibe cauldron-concocted cocktails, feast on freakish foods, and tour our taxidermy collection as scientists dissect and prepare specimens before your very eyes.

Warning to the squeamish: students and staff from the Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History at UC Santa Cruz will perform "live" taxidermy demonstrations using specimens from their collections. If dissecting once-living creatures is not your cup of tea, rest assured, you can unwind in the company of the living in other areas of the Museum.

We are pleased to also be partnering with TMB Taxidermy for the event. From jackalope-inspired opossoms to squirrels with wings, Tracey Margaret Barrow creates surprising "fakery" out of ethically sourced roadkill. She will display her fanciful, interpretive taxidermy while inviting questions about her artful process.

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Pre-sale (Before Oct. 27):
$13 General Admission
$8 Students & Museum Members

At the Door:
$15 all tickets

21+ | One free drink ticket with admission

 


Location: 1305 EastCliff Dr, Santa Cruz Map
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Snakes Alive!
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State Park Big Basin
Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like?
Date: 10/27/2018 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All

Snakes Alive!

Saturday, October 27 from noon to 3pm

Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, and hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Drop in any time at the Sempervirens Room by Park Headquarters and meet Docent Diane Shaw and learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Event is free; day-use parking is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Exploring the Deep Sea Family Day
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Sanctuary Exploration Center
Join us for Deep Sea Live Interactions and ROV Building Workshops at the Sanctuary Exploration Center
Date: Every day (Oct 27-Oct 28) from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: FREE

(0 A October 2018) Sanctuary_NautilusLiveDeepSeaExploration.jpgNOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is teaming up with Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) this October to explore Davidson Seamount aboard the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus.

 

Remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) will discover uncharted seafloor and capture video imagery of deep sea animals seen at a depth up to 12,000 feet!

As part of the expedition, the Sanctuary Exploration Center will bring real-time, live interactions in the Center's auditorium from 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM with scientists aboard the ship.

 

(0 A October 2018) MontereyBayMarineSanctuary_Logo.jpgDive into a 30 minute conversation with live presenters on E/V Nautilus and learn the exploration mission goals and recent deep sea discoveries!

In addition to this exciting opportunity, the Center will be hosting ROV building activities from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, and again from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM on Saturday, October 27th and Sunday, October 28th.


Location: 35 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Mission Cooking Demonstration
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State Park Mission
Presentation of Ohlone and Spanish cuisine including hot rock cooking, tortilla frying on a Comal and baking in our Horno
Date: 10/27/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza

Mission Cooking Demonstration

Saturday, April 7 at 1pm

Experience different cooking styles used by the people who lived and worked at the Santa Cruz Mission over 200 years ago. There will be a presentation of Ohlone and Spanish cuisine including hot rock cooking, tortilla frying on a Comal, and baking in our Horno. You can even sample the creations and make your own tortilla. 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
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Witches Ball
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Brookdale Lodge
Date: 10/27/2018 at 9:00pm
Ages: 21+ Admission Fees: $35
Special Instructions: Free broom parking

(0 A October 2018) WitchesBall_2018Ad.jpgHeld at the most haunted place in California, the Brookdale Lodge!

The Witches Ball is coming soon, so grab your hat and your broom.
Whether you walk, fly creep or crawl, make you way to the Witches Ball.

Live music by Rockblock Weekend! Witch hat contest! Witchy and all costumes expected.

Limited rooms available at Brookdale Lodge


Location: 11570 Hwy 9, Brookdale Map
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Gault Halloween-DIa de los Muertos Parade
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Gault Elementary School
Celebrate Fall at the Annual Gault Elementary Halloween - Da de los Muertos Parade & Carnival
Date: 10/27/2018 from 9:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: Free

Gault Elementary School invites all of Santa Cruz to put on costumes and join us for our annual fall celebration. Festivities begin with a Costume Parade down Soquel Avenue and culminate with a fun-filled Carnival on the school grounds of Gault Elementary. Carnival will feature games, food, prizes, music, and trophies for the best home-made costumes! Come join us for good old-fashioned spooky fun!

9:00 a.m. Costume Parade Participants (all are invited to march in parade!) assemble at the corner of N. Branciforte & Soquel in front of The Buttery

9:30 a.m. Costume Parade begins at the corner of N. Branciforte & Soquel, turns right on Seabright, and ends at Gault Elementary School

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Carnival: Games, face painting, cakewalk, sugar skull decorating, & more!


Location: 1320 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-3856 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Spooky or Not Spooky!
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State Park Big Basin
A special walk for Halloween! We'll take a walk in the forest with an eye out for the weird and wonderful. Geared for young chi
Date: 10/27/2018 at 1:00pm


(0 Sept 2017) Spiderweb2.jpgSpooky or Not Spooky?

 

Saturday, October 27 at 1pm

A special walk for Halloween! We'll take a walk in the forest with an eye out for the weird and wonderful. We'll examine cobwebs, burls, holes and other mysterious natural features from a different perspective, asking the question, "is it spooky or not spooky?" Depending on how you look at things, the answer may change! Come along if you dare! Geared for young children, this is a one-hour easy walk. Meet at Park Headquarters. Event is free; day-use parking is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Chile Cookoff - 7th!
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Beach Boardwalk
Taste and vote for your favorite chile
Date: 10/27/2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: $10for a tasting kit

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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Chili Cook-Off

"Bring your appetite and join the fun as both professional and amateur chefs work their culinary magic and compete for the title of Best Chili!

 

"Admission to the Chili Cook-Off is free. Visitors can watch chefs prepare their chili on the Boardwalk.

 

"Boardwalk admission is free! Just purchase a Tasting Kit to sample chili from dozens of competitors. Tasting Kits are $10 each and include six taste tickets, spoon, cup and a People's Choice ballot.

 

"A portion of the proceeds from Tasting Kit sales will benefit Teen Kitchen Project, a non-profit organization that brings young people into the kitchen to cook delicious and nourishing meals for individuals and families coping with life-threatening illnesses in Santa Cruz County.

 

"Boardwalk rides will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the day of the event."

Cook-Off Schedule

  • 9:00am-10:00am: Chef's Prep (no heat)
  • 10:00am-1:00pm: Chili Cook Time
  • 10:00am: Tasting Kits go on sale
  • 1:00pm: Public tasting begins
  • 4:00pm: Winners announced at the Beach Amphitheater

Chili Pot

Try Some Chili!

Boardwalk admission is free! Just purchase Tasting Kits to sample chili from dozens of competitors. Tasting Kits are $10 each and include six (6) taste tickets, spoon, cup and a People's Choice ballot.

A portion of the proceeds from Tasting Kit sales will benefit
Leo's Haven - Santa Cruz County's first inclusive playground.


Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-7433 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
7th Annual Day of the Dead Freedom Library
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Library Freedom
Come together to create art, follow traditions, or create new traditions.
Date: 10/27/2018 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: no cost

Children and their families move between four different stations to decorate sugar skulls, color, make paper flowers, and work on their miniature altars. This is a busy, exciting, hectic wonderful event. EVENT IS ALSO AT THE MAIN WATSONVILLE LIBRARY OCT 25 2018, 6:00-8:00


Location: 2021 Freedom Blvd, Freedom Map
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Santa Cruz Glass Pumpkin Patch
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Live Oak Grange
Beautiful hand-made glass pumpkins and gourds created in the glass blowing studio of local artist Cris Johnson
Date: Every day (Oct 27-Oct 28) from 10:00am to 4:00pm


(0 Oct 2017) Halloween_glass-pumpkin-5.jpgSanta Cruz Glass Pumpkin Patch at Live Oak Grange Returns with golden leaves and autumn breezes! We are delighted to again be in the heirloom fruit garden at historic Live Oak Grange on 17th Ave.

Beautiful hand-made glass pumpkins and gourds created in the glass blowing studio of local glass artist Chris Johnson. A dazzling array of colors, in all sizes and for every budget.

Five percent of all proceeds will be donated to the Live Oak Grange to sustain their awesome work in the community.

Join us Saturday and Sunday, October 27 & 28, 2018, 10AM-4PM. No purchase required - all are welcome to come enjoy the beautiful art glass! One weekend only.


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Halloween Party!
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Seascape Sports Club
Date: 10/27/2018 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: $10/child, parents free

(0 A October 2018) Halloween_Seascape.jpgJoin us for a family-friendly Halloween celebration complete with costume contest, games and prizes, treats and tricks.

 

Plenty of snacks, a fun photo booth, and crafts for all ages!

 

Members and non-members are welcome, bring a neighbor!

 

Children are $10 and adults are free!

 

We can't wait to have a spooktacular time with you!


Location: 1505 Seascape Blvd, Aptos Map
Phone: 831- 688-1993 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Haunted Harbor
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Santa Cruz Harbor
Come enjoy a "spooktacular" evening of trick-or-treating at Santa Cruz Harbor!
Date: 10/27/2018 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Haunted Harbor - Saturday, October 27, 2018, 4 PM to 7 PM

 

Santa Cruz Port District is excited to announce the return of the Haunted Harbor on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 4 PM to 7 PM. Come enjoy a "spooktacular" evening of trick-or-treating at Santa Cruz Harbor!

 

Stay tuned for more information!

Slip renters! Feeling spooky!? Help turn the harbor into a haunted Halloween spectacle. Decorate your vessel with lights and spooky decor and receive an electrical credit for the month of October.

 


Location: 135 Fifth Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831)425-0690 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
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State Park Henry Cowell
Learn how to make a basket with local pine needles!
Date: 10/27/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Event is free; parking is $10.

Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop

 

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 Henry Cowell Redwoods Graham Hill Campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. No experience necessary. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 

 

 


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Hike to Buzzard's Roost
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State Park Big Basin
Moderate two-mile climb going out, easy return, not recommended for small children
Date: 10/27/2018 at 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free

Hike to Buzzard's Roost

Saturday, October 27 from 10 am to 2pm

Develop your hiking muscles with this challenging 5-mile round trip to Buzzard's Roost. Join Docent Steve Stolper for a hike to a dramatic rock formation with a commanding view of the park. We gain 1,200 feet in elevation on the way up. After a relaxed lunch on the rocks, we return to headquarters. Bring at least one liter of water, lunch, snacks, and appropriate clothing. Rain cancels. Meet at Park Headquarters. Event is free; day-use parking is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Birdwatch with a Pro!
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State Park Big Basin
Date: 10/27/2018 from 8:00am to 9:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Birdwatch with a Pro!

Saturday, October 27 at 8am

Please join local celebrity birder Jim Williams for a tranquil morning filled with our little flying friends! Receive a Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park birding brochure and begin your career as an enthusiastic birder! Chirp-chirp! Tweet-tweet!

 

Meet in the main parking lot located off Hwy 9. Event is free; day-use parking is $10. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: Highway 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831/338-8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Novel Writing Workshop
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Library Aptos
Get a jump start on NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in this 2- hour plotter/pantser writing workshop.
Date: Every day (Oct 27-Oct 28) from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Teen and Adults Admission Fees: Free

Get a jump start on NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in this 2- hour plotter/pantser writing workshop.

  • Bring your laptop and your library card.
  • Check out three library books in the genre that you want to write.
  • After you study the sales pitch for these published novels, use your laptop or notebook to free write as you interview your main character, brainstorm ideas for the plot, and write an elevator pitch to guide you as you write your novel day by day in November.

Developmental editor Anastasia Suen has written and edited books for children, teens, and adults and mentored writers around the globe in her online workshops. This interactive workshop for adults and teens is 2 hours in length.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
The Addams Family Musical
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Aptos High
A cast and crew of spooky ancestors, and a live orchestra… this show will be to die for
Date: Every Su, Th, Fri and Sa (Oct 27-Nov 3)


(0 A October 2018) AptosHigh_AddamsFamily.jpg"This year Aptos High is presenting the musical, The Addams Family, in the fall to coincide with Halloween.

 

Drama teacher Stacy Aronovici directs the musical. Everyone knows the classic TV show and movie The Addams Family, but now you can see the family in a musical, too!

 

The Addams Family is a musical comedy based on the characters created by Charles Addams and shows a ghoulish American family with a passion for all things macabre." (TPG)

 

Performance dates and times: Saturday, October 27 at 7pm,

Sunday, October 28 at 2pm (matinee), Thursday, November 1, 7pm

Friday November 2, 7pm

Saturday November 3, 7pm.

 

Tickets for all performances are $8 for students (K-12) or seniors and $10 for adults. To reserve tickets online go to www.aptoshs.net for the link. Non-reserved tickets will be available at the door starting 30 minutes before show time.

 

There will be a preview performance on Thursday, October 25 at 7 p.m., with donations accepted at the door.


Location: 100 Mariner Way, Aptos Map
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Free Pumpkin Carving
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Free Pumpkin Carving
Date: 10/27/2018 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: Childre of All Ages Welcomed Admission Fees: Free

(0 A October 2018) Halloween_PumpkinCarving.jpgCome join us for free pumpkin carving! The pumpkins are provided by the Boulder Creek Chapter of the Friends of the Library.

 

Space and tools are provided as well.

 

Refreshments provided. Free and open to the public!


Location: Boulder Creek Branch Library, 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
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Pros and Cons of the November State Ballot Measures
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Library Central
Come hear the arguments, both for and against, the statewide propositions to be voted on during the November 6, 2018 General Ele
Date: 10/27/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

Come hear the arguments, both for and against, the statewide propositions to be voted on during the November 6, 2018 General Election and pick up a copy of the League's Easy Voter Guide. This event is free and open to the public. Event sponsored by the Santa Cruz County League of Women Voters.


Location: Santa Cruz Downtown Public Libra, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Open House
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Mount Madonna School
The Open House will feature an elementary garden party, with opportunities to meet teachers and tour the campus.
Date: 10/28/2018 from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: free

The Open House will feature an elementary garden party, with opportunities to meet teachers and tour the campus. MMS has small class sizes and learning that goes beyond the classroom walls, a Montessori-influenced Pre/K and college prep 1st-12th grades. Featuring project-based science labs, outdoor adventure, travel, marine biology and oceanography studies on Catalina Island, national and international travel, mixed-grade buddy program, visual and performing arts. RSVP to Benna Dimig at 408-846-4042 or admissions@mountmadonnaschool.org.


Location: 491 Summit Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: (408) 847-2717 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Watsonville PAL 5K Halloween Run
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Watsonville PAL
It's time to get your Halloween costume AND running shoes ready!
Date: 10/28/2018 at 8:15am


(0 A September 2018) Halloween5KRunWatsonville.jpgIt's time to get your Halloween costume AND running shoes ready!


Watsonville PAL is hosting a 5K Halloween Run on October 28th at Pinto Lake County Park. You can join the fun for just $30! Plus, all kids under the age of 12 can participate in a FREE 1K FunRun.

 

To register, click on the following link: http://bit.ly/WatsonvillePAL5KRun

 

By signing up, you're helping PAL kids and teens better themselves and become positive role models in our community. Your help allows us to continue to offer crime prevention programs for students who are the future of tomorrow.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
-Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 28
-5K start time is at 8:30 a.m. and 1K at 8:15 a.m.
- All participants are required to turn in a registration form
- Registration form can be turned in the day of the race
-If you would like to mail the registration form, please send to:
Watsonville PAL
130 Rodriguez Street
Watsonville, CA 95076
-If you would like to hand deliver the registration form, head to:
37 Davis Avenue
Freedom, CA 95019

 

Join our cause. Register today.


Location: Pinto Lake County Park, 757 Green Valley Road, Watsonville Map
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Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt: Santa Cruz Noir
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Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt: Santa Cruz Noir
Date: 10/28/2018 from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A September 2018) MurderMystery22.jpgHave you ever played the board game clue?

Come to the MAH and play a live action version for a thrilling and riddle-packed Murder Mystery Game Day. Unravel who murdered notorious Santa Cruz private investigator Harlow Lindsay through a series of clues and activities. The clues will lead you to the weapon of choice, the location of the crime, and the murderer.

This is a free, drop in event for all ages created with the Santa Cruz Public Libraries & Editor of Santa Cruz Noir, Susie Bright.


Location: MAH, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Capitola Village Halloween Parade
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Chamber Capitola Village
Ghosts, goblins, boys and ghouls...join us for the annual Capitola Village Halloween Parade!
Date: 10/28/2018 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A September 2018) Halloween_Capitola2018.jpgCapitola Village Halloween Parade
Ghosts, goblins, boys and ghouls...join us for the annual Capitola Village Halloween Parade! Line up begins at 1:30pm in the Beach & Village Parking Lot above Capitola City Hall.

 

Parade begins promptly at 2pm. Parade will head down Capitola Avenue, wind through Capitola Village to the Esplanade ending at Esplanade Park, where trick-or-treat bags, balloons, and refreshments will be waiting. New Leaf Community Market will be there with treats! Trick-or-treating at Capitola Village shops following parade.


Capitola Village Halloween Parade Date: October 28, 2018 Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


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Novel Writing Workshop
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Library Central
Get a jump start on NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in this 2- hour plotter/pantser writing workshop.
Date: 10/28/2018 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Teens and Adults Admission Fees: Free

Get a jump start on NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in this 2- hour plotter/pantser writing workshop.

  • Bring your laptop and your library card.
  • Check out three library books in the genre that you want to write.
  • After you study the sales pitch for these published novels, use your laptop or notebook to free write as you interview your main character, brainstorm ideas for the plot, and write an elevator pitch to guide you as you write your novel day by day in November.

 

Developmental editor Anastasia Suen has written and edited books for children, teens, and adults and mentored writers around the globe in her online workshops. This interactive workshop for adults and teens is 2 hours in length.


Location: Santa Cruz Downtown Public Libra, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Book Talk and Signing with Maryanne Porter, Haunted Santa Cruz
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Bookshop Santa Cruz
Just in time for Halloween, join us for a spooky night of stories from Haunted Santa Cruz!
Date: 10/29/2018 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm


(0 A October 2018) Halloween_HauntedCalifornia.jpgJust in time for Halloween, join us for a spooky night of stories from Haunted Santa Cruz!

Though generally a peaceful coastal city, the dark stains from Santa Cruz's past still linger. A former Spanish Mission, Holy Cross Catholic Church harbors a dark history of a brutal revolt of native Ohlone Indians that killed the cruel Father Andres Quintana. Frequented by mobsters and celebrities in its heyday, the famous Brookdale Lodge's most talked-about guest is the ghost of a little girl who died nearby in 1892 after nearly drowning. Terrorized by three different serial killers during the 1970s, the city earned the nickname of "the Murder Capital of the World." Local resident Alfred Hitchcock derived inspiration for his iconic film Psycho from the haunted mid-nineteenth-century Hotel McRay. Tracing the city's eeriest incidents back to their roots, historical researcher and paranormal investigator Maryanne Porter details these and many more stories of local legend and lore.

Maryanne Porter is a native of Santa Cruz, California, and a lover of history, urban legends, myths and the paranormal. She is the founder of Santa Cruz Ghost Hunters, a history and paranormal research team, and owner of Santa Cruz Haunted Tours, which will be taking its tours on location at the haunted "World Famous Brookdale Lodge" in its next venture. She is excited to share the ghostly stories of her hometown in her first book, Haunted Santa Cruz, California.

This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Chairs for open seating are ususually set up an hour before the event begin.

If you have any ADA accomodation requests, please contact bookshopevents@gmail.com by October 29th.


Location: 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Seasonal Kids Craft Days
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Seasonal Kids Craft Days
Date: 10/29/2018 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: Ages 3 and older Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: We will get messy so dress accordingly.

Join us at the Downtown Library, upstairs Young People's Room, for seasonal crafts! We will get messy so dress accordingly. Ages 3 and older. We will be using permanent paints and markers as well as small objects like beads and pins. Always fun and always free!

 

Additional Seasonal Kids Craft Days on Monday November 19th and Monday December 17th.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Haunted House
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City of Watsonville
Date: Every day (Oct 30-Oct 31) from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free

"Dare to enter a maze full of suspense and darkness that may have you trembling with excitement at every turn.

 

"This maze will be so spooky and creepy that you might need hold on to your friends the entire way through. OR you can try and be brave enough to face the horrors on your own." 

 

All Ages - FREE.

 

See online rec guides for details or call  831-768-3240.

 

HALLOWEEN MAZE OF HORROR
YOUTH CENTER (All Ages)
(T/W) OCT 30 & 31
FREE - 5pm - 7pm


Location: Youth Center, 30 Maple Ave, Watsonville Map
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Sea Witch Meeting!
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Sea Witches of Capitola
We'll gather up, and head our for some wicked festivities on the water. Costumes are required.
Date: 10/31/2018 from 11:00am to 1:00pm


(0 A September 2018) SeaWitchesCapitola.jpgCalling all Sea Witches of Capitola! This year's SUP gathering will take place on the lawn in front of the bathrooms in the Village. We'll gather up, and head our for some wicked festivities on the water.

Costumes are required. Bring your best wicked self, and if you desire, candy or ...other to share.

 

Please, only SUPers with some experience. This event is not created for those who do not know how to paddle. BUT! It's not too late to learn, then you can join in on the wicked fun.

 

**UPDATE**


Please note you are required to bring your own equipment and there are no life guards on duty. Wetsuits and life vests are recommended. This event is not sponsored. The intent is to bring paddling witches together. Hopefully, get some great photos and make new friends as well!

Let's make year 3 an event to remember and share with our family and friends.


Location: Beach, Capitola Map
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Halloween at Seymour
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Wear your costume to the Seymour Center on Halloween and receive $2 off regular price admission!
Date: 10/31/2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All ages. Admission Fees: $7 for children and $9 for adults

 

(0 A September 2018) Seymour_Halloween.jpgWear your costume to the Seymour Center on Halloween and receive $2 off regular price admission!

 

Discount available for adults, seniors, and children on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 from 10 AM – 5 PM.


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Fern Creek RR Invaded Halloween Night!
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Fern Creek and Western Garden Railroad
Lights, fog machines, jumping spiders, the grim reaper, haunted scare crow, not to mention flying ghosts and other ghouls!
Date: 10/31/2018 at 6:00pm


(0 Oct 2017) Halloween_FC_Best.jpgThe Fern Creek and Western Garden Railroad is open to the public on Halloween night.

 

All are welcome to come and watch trains run around the garden.

 

Lights, fog machines, jumping spiders, the grim reaper, haunted scare crow, not to mention flying ghosts and other ghouls!


You can join the event through the Fern Creek and Western Garden Railroad Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/359214540921968/

Tell your friends and family to join in the fun and we hope to see you there!


Location: 419 Ocean View Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Halloween Downtown Santa Cruz
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Halloween fun for children downtown
Date: 10/31/2018 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All

Downtown Santa Cruz Trick-or-Treat

Bring the kids, the neighbors, and even the dog for this annual free family friendly event in Downtown Santa Cruz.

 

Pacific Avenue will be closed to traffic, and the downtown merchants will be handing out treats to costumed kids.

 

Whether you're spooky or sparkly, creepy and crawly, or cute and cuddly, wear your most creative costume and bring your camera to this fun, safe and free annual community celebration.


Location: Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.429.8433 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Redwood Monster Bash
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Mindwarp Entertainment
Date: 10/31/2018 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 21+ Admission Fees: $40

Redwood Monster Bash

 

(0 A October 2018) Halloween-RedwoodMonsterBash.jpgOne General Admission Ticket:

  • Live Music, R & B and California soul music
  • Featuring: The Joint Chiefs
  • Free appetizers and drinks*
  • Find out more about the event via our event page: Upcoming Events

Show details:

  • Halloween haunted walk
  • Halloween costume contest with prizes
  • Halloween costumes strongly encouraged
  • Photo booth with pictures posted on Facebook after the show
  • Very electrical intermission show
  • Santa Cruz Mountain vibe community and good times
  • 21 and up only, valid ID required

 


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